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 to use a small porch to your advantage when it comes to maximizing curb appeal!
1. Brighten it up.
Sometimes small porches (especially if they are enclosed) can be dark and uninviting – there’s nothing to draw you in. A sure fire way to remedy that is to paint your front door a bright color. Go with a color that compliments the body of your home and doesn’t clash with it.
Of course a bright color is very eye-catching. Isn’t this a beautiful shade of blue?
Say you’re not a bright front door kind of person? A neutral color is equally appealing. This soft yellow is very calming, but still draws your eye to the front porch.
This may be the inside of a foyer instead of the outside, but why not do the exact same thing on the exterior of your home? 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, plus it’s certainly something unexpected.
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. If there’s room, add even more interest by hanging plants from the slats in the shutters.
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 added it to the front entrance of our storage shed – for exactly this reason – to add architectural interest.
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!
This home basically has no front porch at all, but that didn’t prevent this homeowner from creating a front entry that just oozes with charm. Think window boxes, hanging plants and wall mount planters. Notice the painted door too.
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 to bring attention to it. Note the mailbox to the side and the simple light fixtures too.
If you’d rather not, there’s no need to drill into your door or surrounding area to add house numbers – add a decal instead. If you don’t own a decal cutter, check on Etsy to have one custom made for you.
You can never underestimate the value and appeal of tasteful door hardware. And good grief – the possibilities are endless!
5. Keep it simple and let the architecture of the dwelling speak for itself.
The addition of simple potted plants and a pretty hanging basket are all that this front stoop needed to let the architectural elements around the front door shine. In this instance, I recommend adding larger light fixtures too.
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.
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!”.
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