How To Create The Small Front Porch Of Your Dreams

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Here are five easy ways to decorate a small front porch to add to your home’s curb appeal and to create a welcoming place for receiving guests!

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I wish that I had a picture of the small porch that was on the front of my first house. It was truly pitiful. What passed for a front porch was little more than a concrete slab covered in chipped paint with several steps leading up to it.

No railing, no exterior light, no room and absolutely no curb appeal. The most interesting thing on the whole porch was the rusted mailbox that hung on the side of the house. I was scared to death that someone was going to fall off of that thing.

I had the same question that I bet a lot of you have, “what can I put on a small front porch?’. I literally had no clue what to do or where to start.

*sigh* If only I had known what I know now. That tiny little spot would have out-shown every other house in the neighborhood!

There’s no doubt about it – decorating a small porch can be a challenge!

Even with limited space to work with, using these five decorating tricks on your small porch will result in an entrance where you’ll be proud to welcome guests and will also add to your home’s curb appeal.

1. A DARK PORCH IS UNINVITING & UNINTERESTING – HERE’S HOW TO BRIGHTEN IT UP

I’m willing to bet that you’ve had the experience of approaching someone’s front door that’s located on a dark, shadow-filled front porch. No one likes the foreboding, uninviting and even scary feeling of a dark entry like that!

The problem could be that your porch is enclosed, that the house is painted a dark color or that trees or a roof prevent the sun from shining in.

One easy fix is to paint your front door a brighter or lighter, eye-catching color that is different from the rest of the exterior of your home. Be sure to use a color on your door that compliments the body of your home and doesn’t clash with it.

You can go bold or you can go soft with the paint color that you choose.

The color of this front door from Sunnyside Design is just right for brightening this small porch. The color is brighter than the surrounding trim and blends perfectly!

Also notice how the addition of a pot filled with pretty bright white flowers adds an instant pop of brightness.

front porch with blue door, gray trim and white siding

SUNNYSIDE DESIGN

If you aren’t a bright front door kind of person, a neutral color is equally appealing.

This soft gray color on the door from Cottage On Bunker Hill is a neutral color, but still draws your eye to the front porch and brightens what would otherwise be dark because of the porch ceiling.

Also take note of how much interest the texture of the shingled siding adds.

front porch with a white door, gray shingles and an arched ceilingCOTTAGE ON BUNKER HILL

2. ADD UNEXPECTED DETAILS TO SPARK INTEREST ON A BORING FRONT PORCH

Front porches can be very basic (and therefore boring) spaces with nothing to really make them interesting. That definitely applied to the front porch on my first house!

This is where your local big box building store can come to the rescue! You can find lots of inspiration for adding architectural details to your front porch design by strolling through the trim department.

Whether on the exterior or interior of your home, using architectural trim pieces is a look that is always on trend! This porch from Delineate Your Dwelling is a great example.

DELINEATE YOUR DWELLING

The board and batten siding on the front porch at Fox Hollow Cottage adds interest on its own, but consider what the addition of a framed sign does!

Now, technically the decorative sign isn’t architectural trim, but it visually feels like it is because the sign’s frame adds another layer to the board and batten.

front porch with a side entryFOX HOLLOW COTTAGE

3. ADD VALUABLE CHARM TO YOUR SMALL FRONT PORCH DESIGN

No matter your decorating style, there are many, many ways to add charm to your small porch!

At the home of My Wee Abode, three pieces of wood tied together with rope not only look great tucked into a corner, but does double duty as a plant stand.

If you don’t happen to have any wood lying around, a 4×4 or 6×6 pole from the big box store, that is cut into three different sized pieces, would work just as well.

plant stand made with 3 different sized logs tied together with rope

MY WEE ABODE

When it comes to adding charm, you just can’t beat a porch swing! Even though the space on the porch at Stacy Living is tight, she was able to find a swing that is small enough to fit.

The creative idea to use a vintage stroller to hold greenery really ramps up the charm! Consider also, the charm that is added by the sweet bird throw pillow and the vintage-look rug.

white porch swing and a vintage baby buggy filled with greenery on a front porch

STACY LIVING

Maybe your porch is so small that there’s no way to fit a traditional swing, so how about a swinging chair instead?

You can see how super shallow the porch is at Jessica Welling Interiors. Even though there isn’t any room for a traditional swing, she got creative and added a pair of hanging swinging chairs.

Adding pillows, a garden stool, an outdoor rug and throw blankets turn it into a relaxing seating area. This front entry just oozes with charm!

2 rope hanging chairs on a front porch

JESSICA WELLING INTERIORS

4. DON’T WASTE YOUR FRONT DOOR’S REAL ESTATE – DRAW ATTENTION TO IT

The bench and other porch decor at Stone Gable is very pretty, but what really draws my eye is the colorful basket of faux flowers hanging on the front door.

Note the cute idea to add brightly colored flowers to the bench too.

front porch on a stone house with a basket of flowers on the door and a black benchSTONE GABLE

Pay special attention to how you arrange the accessories on your porch.

The front door at This Is Our Bliss has a pretty wreath on it, but what really draws my eye is the way that the planters and lanterns are arranged in a pathway that leads your eye right to the door.

front porch with white stucco and black doorTHIS IS OUR BLISS

5. EVEN A SIMPLY DECORATED PORCH CAN BE INTERESTING & INVITING

It’s true – a very simply decorated front porch can be just as charming and have just as much curb appeal as a very elaborately decorated one.

Often times, less is more. It all depends upon what your desires are and what your style is.

Take a look at the small front porch ideas used at the home of Blesser House. Even though the l entrance area is very simply decorated, it is still very welcoming and has great curb appeal.

A couple of matching topiaries, colorful potted plants and a doormat are all the area needs to dress it up.

Note that placing the topiaries on the outside of the columns, instead of placing them on either side of the door, visually widens the porch.

front porch on a white brick house with a black doorBLESSER HOUSE

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, 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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39 Comments

  1. Anne@DesignDreams says:

    Too many beautiful choices!!! How do I pick just one?!

    Thanks Suzy!

    1. Now, THAT”S a tough question, Anne!

  2. I love all the looks on your small front porch tour. My problem? My porch is so large it is hard to make it look finished. Isn’t that the way it always is – we always want what we don’t have! 🙂

    1. I’m having the same problem at our new house, Debi. I always wanted a large porch, but now it’s tough to make it cozy. I’ve been all over Pinterest looking for ideas. You’re soooo right – always want what we don’t have!

      1. I find parlor palms and ferns to be excellent space fillers on large porches. They liven up the place… then anchoring seating arrangements with indoor/outdoor rugs can really add warmth. Throw pillows make conversation areas really inviting and can be changed with the holidays. Large porches are the best.

    2. I have had a very large front porch and it is hard to make it cozy and inviting. I placed furniture, wicker swing, table, chairs, rugs and rocking chairs, in groupings to encourage conversation areas and also a cozy spot for reading. It became a favorite place for family and friends!

  3. These are all fabulous. I can’t wait to dress up our porch for warmer weather. Hopefully a few weeks

    Cindy

    1. Knowing you, your porch will be SO pretty, Cynthia!

  4. Love a welcoming front porch and these all certainly qualify.

  5. This is a great post. So many good ideas. I’m inspired to add something to my front porch ASAP!

  6. These all look so great! I love the turquoise door! Thanks for some great ideas!

    1. I love that turquoise door too, Pamela. So glad you found some inspiration!

  7. I love all of these inspirational pictures! I have a front porch that I love but don’t maximize to its full potential. Love the inspiration here. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Glad you were able to find some inspiration for your front porch, Teresa. Thank you for stopping by!

  8. They all are just amazing! So much inspiration!

  9. Thanks so much for linking up with Share The Wealth Sunday! I liked your post so much that I’ve chosen it as one of my top 5 to feature this week! I will be sharing it on FB as well. I hope you’ll come back Saturday at 7pm to check out your feature and link up more awesome posts!

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    Lisa

  10. We have just put our mid-century modern house up for sale. Thanks for all the ideas in making that plain front door look exceptional. Flowers sure help. Hope we sell before winter.

  11. Great post. I really haven’t done anything to my front porch yet so this post was very inspiring!

    Tania

  12. I love all these looks they are so pretty! My front door is hid by a screen door that leads to a porch. I so wish I could have something like this. thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty

  13. I love all these ideas. I can use all the decorating advice I can find! Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday Linkup last week. Pinning to our linkup board and hope you joined us again this weekend.

  14. Christine Johnson says:

    Hi there! Do you happen to know the color of the door of the last photo under #4?

  15. Kathy Mruz says:

    Hi What color is the front door
    and the color of the house
    It looks so inviting

    1. Hi Kathy. None of the porches in this post belong to me, so I’m afraid that I can’t tell you the specific paint colors. So sorry!

  16. christina p says:

    Love the ideas! I have a hard time making the front inviting. Thanks for the post!

  17. I really like your tip about adding an eye-catching element to the front door when it comes to your porch. My husband and I have been trying to add to our curb appeal for a while now so we will have to keep these tips in mind. We have been thinking about adding something like a wagon wheel as our eye-catching element so we will have to see how that works out.

  18. I am excited to spruce up my front porch for spring, thanks for all the great ideas!

  19. Wonderful porch ideas. I am inspired to get busy!

  20. KATHY MILLIKEN says:

    Thank you for the great “small porch” ideas that really are for SMALL porches. So many other posts define “small porches” as much larger than mine.

  21. Great front porch ideas. So ready for summer,

  22. I’d found you in Pinterest and I love your blog. I already subscribe to it! I’m from Argentina I’ll read your articles and news!

    1. Welcome! So nice to have you here!

  23. Rhonda Bonds says:

    I need ideas for plants for my two planters on each side of my front door that thrive in shade. My porch is 10 ft wide so there’s no direct sunlight. I love ferns but would also love some herbs and trailing plant ideas.
    Thanks!

    1. My front porch is also about that deep and gets zero sun. I’ve had good luck with impatiens and ivy or asparagus ferns (for trailing). For me, here in NC, the ivy survives year round on my porch, so no need to remove it if I don’t want to.

      1. I’m from Mississippi so our climates are similar so maybe it will last all winter

  24. kay donbrock says:

    how do you decorate an l- shaped porch.?9 ft blank wall and a wall with a door and bay window. need help . thank you . kay

  25. what is the name of the turquoise paint on the door. And brand?
    Thank Kate

    1. Hi Kate. This door isn’t on my house, so I’m sorry, but I can’t give you the name of the paint.

  26. Suzy what a great post!!! I really appreciate you sharing my front porch! I am totally enjoying this outdoor living space and am grateful for the feature. Have the best day! xo