I’ve talked to many people who struggle to decorate and add style to their small front porch. Some houses don’t have a porch at all, but more of a stoop.  It’s a bit of a dilemma for sure, but there are lots of ways around it.  I’ve pulled together lots of tips and a dozen photos to inspire you!


How To Decorate A Small Front Porch


1. Brighten it up.


Sometimes small porches (especially if they are enclosed) can be dark and uninviting.  A sure fire way to brighten and cheer things up is add a pop of color by painting your front door.


Of course a bright color is very eye-catching.

 Love the wonderful shade of blue this door is painted. And the antiquing over the paint gives it a vintage vibe.

Beyond The Screen Door


Say you’re not a bright front door kind of person?  A neutral color is equally appealing.


You don't have to paint your front door a bright color to make your front entry appealing. A neutral color works great too!



This may be the inside of a foyer instead of the outside, but why not do the exact same thing on the exterior?  The addition of a mirror to a small, dark’ish porch is the perfect way to capture more light and reflect it around the area.  


Add a mirror to a small front porch to capture more light

Jenna Sue Design


2. Chase away the small porch ho-hum’s by adding architectural interest.


A pair of shutters are very shallow in depth and won’t take up much space at all.


Get rid of the ho-hum's on a small porch with the additional of architectural elements

Cullen and Company via Houzz


Give your uncovered porch some dimension by adding a pergola.  DIY pergola kits are readily available at the big box home improvement stores.  In fact, we recently purchased one and will be adding it to the front of our storage shed – for exactly this reason – to add architectural interest.


Add a pergola above a front door for architectural interest. DIY kits are readily available at big box home improvement stores.


3. Add charm.


This homeowner’s front porch went from drab to fab by painting the front door and changing the light fixture, adding a rug, a welcoming chalkboard and bench and numerous plants. Click on the link below the photo to see the before.  It’s quite the transformation!


Lots of charm on a small front porch

Ask Anna


This home basically has no front porch at all, but that didn’t prevent this homeowner from creating a front entry that oozes with charm.

The front entry of this cottage oozes with curb appeal and charm

Huset i Lunden {The House In The Grove}


4. Add an eye catching element to the front door.


The combination of a great door knocker and oversize house numbers are just what this inset front door needed.  Note the mailbox to the side and the simple light fixtures too.

The addition of a great door knocker, oversize house numbers and a mailbox to the side make this inset front door very appealing.

Pottery Barn


No need to drill into your door or surrounding area to add house numbers – add a decal instead.


Add a decal to your front door

Live A Little Wilder


You can never underestimate the value and appeal of tasteful door hardware.  And good grief – the possibilities are endless!


Mixing vintage and new front door hardware

Decor Pad


5. Keep it simple and let the architecture of the dwelling speak for itself.


The addition of simple potted plants is all that this front stoop needed to let the architectural elements of the front door shine.


Simple potted plants and a pretty door basket allow the architectural elements of this front door to shine.

A Soft Place To Land


Oodles of homes have this exact front door and sidelight arrangement.  Nothing fancy here – just simple door hardware and a planter let your eye appreciate the beauty of it.


Simple planters and a fresh mat are all that's needed to appreciate the beauty of a pretty front door and sidelight arrangement

Centsational Girl 


As if all this eye candy alone isn’t enough to convince you of the importance and desirability of a decorated and styled front porch, here’s what my trusted realtor, Pam Carrigan, has to say: “I encourage sellers to always make the best first impression possible. After all, you only have one chance to make a good first impression. By giving the front porch, door or entry to the home extra charm, character or a pop of color you welcome potential buyers and create excitement for what they will find inside! A great first impression is sure to bring an offer even sooner than anticipated!”.


Get more decorating tips and design dilemma solutions such as,  How To Add Style To A Small Bedroom9 Ways To Revive A Room Without Spending A Lot Of MoneyHow To Make The Most Out Of Your Small Closet and How To Create An Inviting Outdoor Room, plus more by clicking HERE.



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