Your front porch creates the first impression for your visitors and sets the tone for your entire entryway. An attractive porch makes guests feel welcome, and feels like a friendly hug to you and your family when you arrive home after a long day at work or school. Your porch doesn't need to be big to have major impact. In fact, when the porch is small, it only takes a few well-chosen accessories to set the right mood.
Even a tiny front porch has room for a few pots of flowers. Conserve space and add impact with a small tiered plant stand in the porch's corner. Set small pots of colorful flowers on each tier. You don't need a green thumb to grow easy annual flowers such as marigolds, petunias, snapdragons, pansies or coleus. If your porch has an overhang, add more color with a hanging basket overflowing with geraniums, nasturtium, verbena or other trailing flowers. Hang the basket at the edge of the porch where it won't block access to the front door.
A small stool, chair or bench is the perfect spot to sit and keep an eye on playing children, enjoy your front garden or tug off a pair of boots before heading inside. You can set a tiny wood or mosaic table next to the chair to hold your morning cup of coffee. Tuck a small, rectangular wooden bench against the wall or a round ceramic garden stool or wrought iron bistro chair in the corner. Position your seat where it won't interfere with the use of the door.
3. Functional Items
When space is at a premium, even your functional items should be attractive. Instead of a plain doorbell, install a decorative version with brass or black trim. Replace an old, worn-out porch light with a shiny new unit that brightens your entryway for nighttime visitors. Switch plain home address numbers for decorative new ones that match the metal trim of the porch light and the doorbell. Even your doorknob should be attractive. Replace a boring knob with a new one that suits your home's style.
By using space wisely, you can add a few accessories for a final decorating touch without cluttering your porch. Hang a beautiful wreath on the front door. Switch it through the seasons or to match upcoming holidays. Toss out that old, worn doormat and replace it with a sturdy, colorful or interesting mat that welcomes guests inside. Install a flag holder on your porch's support beam, and show patriotic spirit with an American flag or your own interests and personality with a whimsical or fancy garden flag.
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