Creating a Welcoming Aesthetic on Your Front Porch

When driving around looking at houses one of the first things you will notice are the front porches. They are a reminder of the “good old days” and evoke feelings of nostalgia and comfort. Front porches foster a sense of community, enabling neighbors to spend time out from behind closed doors where they can get to know each other. There’s nothing better than spring evenings spent on the shady front porch with an ice-old beverage, listening to the cricket’s chirp and enjoying the gentle twinkling lights of fireflies. Big front porches are great gathering places, providing an “outdoor living room” where neighbors can join you and impromptu parties can take place. But they can also be private; the perfect spot to snuggle into a comfy chair and read a good book…or even take a nap out in the fresh air. And if you’re planning on selling your home, a well-appointed front porch provides fantastic curb appeal and is a big draw for potential buyers!

Perhaps you have a front porch that needs a little update, or maybe you are looking for a home that has one. Either way, here are some ideas for creating your own personal outdoor haven or gorgeous gathering place on your front porch:

  • Use a Bold Color Palette

Bold tones and bright hues can brighten up a dreary front porch and turn it into a vibrant, delightful space. Outdoor rugs, painted furniture, or colorful cushions are all items that can add a pop of color to your front porch.

  • Think “Comfy”

It’s nice to have a beautiful front porch, but if it’s not comfortable, you probably won’t spend much time there. Use overstuffed cushions, add extra pillows, and be sure to have tables close to seating so you have a place to set your drinks.

  • Add a Lighted Ceiling Fan

Ceiling fans pull double duty on the front porch. They not only provide the much-needed function of moving air, but they also provide illumination as the sun goes down and dusk turns dark. Add to the charming aesthetic of your porch by choosing a unique fan/light fixture.

  • Hang Artwork

Most porches offer a lot of wall space that often goes unused, the perfect spot for some artwork. Use your imagination and add paintings, framed photos, or sculptures that bring you joy.

  • Decorate with Flowers

Flowers and plants serve multiple purposes when used on a front porch.  They provide color with beautiful blooms, create a soft transition from landscape to house, and if you plant the right flowers and plants, they will help to keep pesky insects away. Use window boxes on your railings, containers on your floor, and/or hanging baskets from the ceiling. 

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Spring is the perfect time to update and decorate your front porch so you can enjoy it during the warm seasons!

If you’re thinking about buying or selling a home in the New River Valley area, contact professional, experienced Realtor Desi Sowers and let her assist you with all your real estate needs. Give her a call today at 540-320-1328!

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