Decorating the front porch

18 Ways to Decorate Your Front Porch or Entryway

Home sweet home. This is the place to find happiness. If one doesn’t find it here, one doesn’t find it anywhere.
-M. K. Soni

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Geranium Love

This Italian villa-inspired entry uses a variety of old and new containers to hold red geraniums, rosemary and topiary evergreens. Ciao Bella!

Curtained Outdoor Room

This home’s front porch has plenty of seating, with flowers and accessories added to make this gathering spot a gorgeous and inviting space. The extra-long drapes draw the eye up and are a breezy complement to the graphic blue rug and blue ceramic garden stools.

Incorporate the Unexpected

Vintage suitcases make great end tables and decorative storage, but you wouldn’t necessarily expect to see a stack next to the front door. Add a little whimsy — like a cute gnome — and some colorful flowers to make your guests smile.

Have a Seat

Vintage theater seats offer stylish front porch seating for reading, enjoying the yard, or visiting with friends from the neighborhood.

Countryside Serenity

This spacious front porch features slate flooring, white rocking chairs and a hanging swing for enjoying summer afternoons. The ceiling is painted hint blue and holds two ceiling fans, perfect for when the weather gets warm.

Farmer’s Market Style

A front entry is a great place for a small garden. This trough full of herbs and flowers greets guests with color and wonderful fragrances.

Modern Seating

A pair of eye-catching lounge chairs crafted from vinyl cord provide colorful seating on this front porch. The striking chairs are paired with a rustic natural wood end table that offers a spot for resting a drink or snack.

Rolling Cart Collage

Place a tiered cart on your front porch, and add a mix of seasonal decor pieces, potted plants and flowers. Update the look each season by changing out a few pieces, and you’ll be able to use the cart year-round.

Just a Swingin’

Have a sturdy porch ceiling? Then, by all means, hang a wooden swing from it. Rocking away an evening is a great way to relax. Add a few pillows, make a pitcher of lemonade and invite the neighbors.

Paint the Front Door

Paint the door and sidelights in an unexpected hue that will have neighbors stop and stare. Here, the soft pink color is mimicked in the flowers but also beautifully contrasted with the dark blue siding and garden decor.

Herb Garden Footstool

Old patio furniture comes in handy when you want to create a small herb garden. The center straps of an old woven footstool were removed and replaced with chicken wire, burlap, soil and some herbs (in that order).

Stenciled Stoop

Boring concrete got you down? Designer Jasmine Roth took a can of paint, a plastic stencil and a few hours of elbow grease to totally transform the look of this concrete entryway.

Don’t Let Space Limit You

Even a small porch can be made inviting by using furniture that is to scale with the space. Here, weather-friendly wicker chairs and an old bench create a seating area that is petite in size but big on style.

Blue for You

The traditional hint blue ceiling on this open, airy front porch finds its complement in a graphic blue and white rug below. Traditional wicker furniture, floor-to-ceiling drapes and flower-filled hanging baskets complete the charming design.

Privacy Wall

If your porch or entry needs a little privacy, try a room divider made of vintage shutters. You can hang art or knickknacks from the shutters or use them as a backdrop to display colorful flowers.

Toy Story

Use vintage toys, wagons and sleds as planters, table bases, footstools or just unique conversation pieces. Here, an old tricycle was paired with a soda crate to make a charming display of succulents.

Simple But Effective

This porch knows what to do with a lazy afternoon: grab a rocking chair and watch the world go by. When the sun goes down, a row of lantern pendants lets the easy life continue.

Functional + Fabulous

Pretty planters, fresh house numbers and a cozy seating area make this small front porch a welcoming spot to greet guests. The use of outdoor rugs, weather-resistant pillows and a colorful basket add softness and texture to the space.