15 Fresh Tips To Make Your Front Porch Ready For Spring

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Whether your porch is a humble stoop or a stately wraparound doesn’t matter. No matter its size, your porch holds a starring role in your home’s curb appeal, contributing significantly to its first impression. When spring is in full swing and summertime draws near, we start to envision more days spent in the sunshine and refreshing our homes inside and out.

But if you’ve spent the winter months rushing past your porch to get in from the cold and gloom, you may discover your front entry is less than welcoming. Instead of feeling like a warm embrace, your front porch gives you the cold shoulder, but that’s about to change.

Create a front porch that makes you smile every time you come home with these spring-inspired tips.

1. Clean And Pressure-Wash Your Porch

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The first step to creating a warm, welcoming porch is to clean it. It might not be the most fun or exciting step, but it’s undeniably the most important and a perfect starting point. It doesn’t matter how cute or colorful your porch is if it’s filthy.

Sweep away dead leaves, dirt, and debris, and clean any furniture or accessories. Pressure-wash railings, bricks, steps, etc., to eliminate built-up grime. Be wary of the settings you use on different materials. You don’t want to cause any damage.

If you don’t own a pressure washer, many home improvement stores offer the option to rent one by the hour, for a day, or more. If you have a friend, neighbor, or family member who wants to do some pressure washing, consider organizing your projects around the same time and splitting the cost of the rental.

2. Add A Fresh Coat Of Paint

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Revitalize worn-out steps, railings, and other painted surfaces with a fresh coat of color. Painting is an easy weekend DIY project that gives your home a budget-friendly boost.

Choose a color that complements the exterior of your home, and have some fun with the front door. A vibrant hue on your door makes a bold statement that draws the eye to it and says, “Come inside; this is a welcoming place.”

Before you paint, clean all surfaces and let them dry completely. Protect areas that you don’t want to paint, and take time to choose the right color. It’s worth buying a few sample jars to test various options before choosing color.

Observe how the samples look at various times of day since colors will look different during the day than they do at night. Also, consider how your porch lighting affects the hue. Once you make your decision, use a high-quality exterior paint and primer combo and allow the paint to dry well between coats.

3. Install New House Numbers

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When was the last time you replaced your house numbers? It’s easy to forget these small details when they’ve likely been around for years. Depending on the condition and style of your existing address numbers, you might be able to give them a facelift with a new coat of paint.

However, if they’re damaged, overly worn, or becoming hard to read, it’s best to replace them. Visit your local home improvement store or go online to check out different options. Get a style that works well with your home, and choose a size that is easy to read from the street without being overwhelming.

4. Add Fresh Greenery And Flowers

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What better way to evoke a sense of renewal than with fresh flowers and lush greenery? Some ideas for adding foliage to your front porch are flower boxes on a porch railing, a beautiful planter, garlands, or potted plants flanking your front door.

If you don’t have a green thumb or know you don’t have a lot of time to care for fresh plants, do not choose artificial greenery for your outdoor space. (It’s better to go with none at all than faux flowers on your porch.)

Instead, consult with someone at your local garden center. They can guide you in the right direction to choose low-maintenance, hardy plants and flowers.

5. Make Sure The Doorbell Works

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After taking the time to make your front porch perfect for spring and summer, don’t miss the small things. If the goal is to create a welcoming entryway to your home, make sure your guests can alert you to their presence. Test your doorbell to ensure it works, and assess how it looks while you’re at it.

Is it broken, hanging out of the wall, cracked, or dirty? After sprucing things up, do you find that your current doorbell doesn’t live up to your amazing new porch? If the answer is yes, replace the doorbell.

6. Create A Seating Area On Your Porch

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A seating area instantly elevates your front porch, adding an extra layer of warmth and coziness. Of course, if you have a tiny porch with barely enough room for a welcome mat, then this step may not work for you. You don’t want to force a seating zone if doing so will make your porch look overcrowded and cluttered.

Therefore, choose pieces that fit your porch’s style and size. If your porch is smaller, you may only have room for one chair and a side table. If it is slightly larger, a hanging porch swing is a nice addition.

If you have a large porch, a full seating area with an outdoor loveseat, a table, and a couple of chairs work nicely. If you have an expansive porch space, you might incorporate multiple seating zones, like a swing on one side and a conversation area with chairs and a table on the other.

7. Clean Exterior Light Fixtures

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Lighting is a key component of any design, but it isn’t necessary to rewire your porch or purchase new lights (unless your existing fixtures are damaged or you prefer a different style). What is important is that your existing light fixtures are clean.

Remove shades, globes, and other coverings to clean the inside, ridding them of dust, dirt, and dead bugs that collect in them throughout the year. Replace burnt-out bulbs and ensure that all bulbs are the same color temperature so the lighting is balanced.

8. Buy A New Welcome Mat

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Welcome mats endure a lot of wear and tear, constantly meeting with dirty shoes, muck, and harsh conditions. It’s a good idea to replace your mat regularly. What better time than springtime or the start of summer?

Choose a style you love that is durable and holds up well against the elements. Your welcome mat is a great place to get a little quirky if that’s your personality. It allows you an opportunity to show off your style in a subtle way that doesn’t instantly reveal itself when people see the front of your home.

9. Replace Or Refresh Furniture Cushions

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If you already have outdoor furniture on your front porch, it might be time to replace the cushions and throw pillows. Over time these things become dirty and faded, despite your best efforts to protect and clean them.

If your cushions and pillows are in good condition, extend their lifespan using an outdoor fabric spray paint or recover them. It’s also a good idea to Scotchgard these types of items to add a layer of protection from the elements, moisture, and stains. However, if the fabric is ripped, overly worn down, flattened, or ragged, it’s time to replace it.

10. Incorporate Springtime Accessories

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Porch accessories are a great way to show off your sense of style and personality. Things like planters, statues, small fountains, door knockers, garden flags, and springtime wreaths are all popular porch decor. Choose pieces that reflect the bright, cheery vibe of the season.

However, don’t overdo it. You don’t want to end up with too much of a good thing. If you load up the porch with garden gnomes, fairy statues, multiple flags, and a plethora of plants, it ends up looking more cluttered than cute. As you add items, step back and assess the overall picture.

Sometimes, taking an actual picture and viewing your porch through the camera helps give you a truer sense of what people see when they look at your porch. Edit out items if things look too crammed and overdone.

11. Spruce Up Your Garden And Walkway

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Once your porch looks incredible, don’t stop there. Spruce up your garden and walkway to round out your positive curb appeal. It’s all about making the front of your home look inviting and pleasing to the eye, so make sure to look at the big picture.

12. Invite Nature In

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Hang bird feeders or houses to attract birds, which can add life and movement to your porch. Choose feeders suitable to the birds in your area. Tube feeders are great for small birds like finches, chickadees, and titmice. They can hold various seeds like sunflower seeds or mixed varieties. Platform feeders are open and can attract both small and larger birds, but they may also be accessible to squirrels and other animals. Install the feeders and watch them come.

13. Add Shade And Privacy

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Incorporating curtains or shades into your front porch decor can enhance the space’s ambiance and functionality. As the days grow longer and the temperature begins to rise, they offer protection from the elements — sheer curtains can shield you from the occasional harsh glare of the spring sun without obstructing the view, while more opaque options can protect against wind and light rain.

14. Create A Focal Point

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Porches deserve to be more than just an afterthought. They can be transformed into beautiful outdoor living spaces that draw you in and make you want to stay. The key is to create a focal point, something that grabs your attention and becomes the centerpiece of the space.

A focal point could be anything from a calming water feature to a vibrant living wall, bold outdoor art pieces, or a charming swing set. Choose a focal point that’s proportional to the size of your porch. A massive water feature might overwhelm a small space, while a tiny sculpture might get lost on a large porch. Once you’ve chosen your centerpiece, build your outdoor furniture around it and add some lighting to complete the look.

15. Don’t Forget Your Spring Time Maintenance

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Lastly, ensure all the functional aspects of your porch are in good condition. Repair any loose boards or railings and ensure your gutters and downspouts are clean and functioning properly to handle spring rains.