Your front porch is the very first thing that guests see when they arrive at your home, but it can be hard to make that essential space feel cohesive with the rest of your living quarters. It’s worth thinking of your porch as more than just a space to breeze through—it can be a relaxing haven in the warmer months, even serving as a spot to host friends and family if your front yard is private enough. The bitter cold months warrant some decorative touches, too, and there are plenty of ways to make the space feel welcoming from November through February.
If you decide to forgo furniture, a simple coat of paint can be surprisingly transformative. Lorna Aragon, Living‘s home editor, believes that painting a front porch in a neutral shade that doesn’t necessarily match but complements the rest of your home’s exterior can make the space feel more inviting than ever. “Most people don’t really consider neutrals to be anything beyond just beige. There are so many different ways to use neutral colors in a home—and certain hues of most colors can be considered a neutral,” Aragon says.
Another way to bring a bit of your home’s interior style out onto your front porch? With flowers and plants, which can be both visually pleasing and provide a bit of aromatherapy for guests on the way in. And, whether sourced from an antique shop or made by hand, furniture also serves as engaging design elements both indoors and out. Your porch should be an extension of interior décor elements, and seasonal holiday decorations are a great way to extend the holiday spirit outdoors.
Read on for styling tips and DIY projects to make your porch an outdoor sanctuary all year round.