Winter is almost over, which means everyone is going to get that yearly itch to get outdoors and enjoy the weather. There’s no better way to do that than spending time on your porch! You can have everyone eat a nice dinner outside where the breeze is cool, and the sun is setting, but you may be hesitant to do that if your porch hasn’t been paid attention to in a while.
Like any other part of your home that’s outdoors, a front porch is susceptible to things in nature. Spiders may have formed webs in the corners. There might be debris from storms like leaves and branches scattered over the floor. Paint chips over time and furniture grows moldy.
If that sounds like your porch, don’t feel like you can’t use it to enjoy the weather! Read on for some ways you can easily give your porch a stylish upgrade this spring. After a little bit of creativity and hard work, you’ll have a lovely outdoor space to enjoy the weather with family and friends until the cold weather starts to set in again.
1. Give it a Fresh Coat of Paint
A new coat of paint can do wonders for a room, but if you paint the outside of your house, it can really give your home a facelift. Use a flat-edged tool to scrap off any old paint that’s flaking, and then sand down what remains so you have a flat surface to paint over. Then you can have fun choosing the new color your front porch will have. Make sure to talk with an employee at the store so you get the right kind of paint that will last under the summer sun and bad weather.
2. Install a New Bench
There comes a time when you must replace outdoor furniture, and this spring might be the time for you. If your porch furniture has molded, chipped or cracked, you’ll be better off with something new. Don’t worry about having to spend money on a catalogue item—you can easily make your own porch bench that is customized to fit the space you need to fill and look how you want it to. Choose a nice outdoor fabric for any cushions and weather-proof paint if needed.
3. Make a Modern Planter
Modern interior design is all about minimalism and clean lines, and if you enjoy that kind of design, it can be brought out onto your front porch. You might want to add some plants to your porch or move old plants into new pots. Instead of going back to the yard supply store, build a modern hexagon planter. It can hold different kinds of plants all year round or be hung on the wall as an art piece. Add a few succulents or air plants to it to make it a hanging planter.
4. Get a New Welcome Mat
You may not be interested in taking on any new projects to upgrade your porch. That’s okay! There are simpler ways to style your porch that don’t require a hammer. Try shopping around town to see if you can find a nice welcome mat. Replacing a welcome mat once a year is one of the many porch decorating ideas you can do without needing a tool box. Get one that matches your personality to wrap your porch into the feel of the inside of your home.
5. Use Accessories
Even a porch needs new accessories every once and a while! Shop around or make your own pillows for porch furniture. Put an outdoor candle or two on any tables you have for nighttime cuddling and stargazing. Hang a monogram on your front door or put a watering can artfully by some potted flowers. Take a good look at what’s on your porch now to think of cute and stylish accessories to liven it up.
When you get inspired to start some spring cleaning, what better place to start than with your front porch? You can invest your time and energy into something that will help you create memories and enjoy the outdoors for the whole year. You can do something easy like getting a new welcome mat or go big and repaint the whole porch. Whatever you decide to do, don’t lose sight of that image of you propping your feet up and enjoying the sunset from your stylish front porch.
Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.