If you are lucky enough to have a front porch or portico, you know it is the perfect place to chat with neighbors or welcome visitors to your home. Ironically, the first place you engage with people on your property is often the last you consider updating. Here are some ideas to make your front porch more welcoming.
Give Your Front Porch or Portico Some Character
Add Color: Consider placing colorful plants strategically on your porch that draw the eye and enhance your curb appeal. Adding a screen of plants provides both privacy and a scenic view. You can also brighten your front porch by repainting your front door and matching the color with outdoor chair cushions, pillows, an outdoor rug, or flowerpots.
Speaking of Flowerpots: Plant perennials for long-lasting foliage that will thrive during the growing season. Make sure your flowerpots suit the size of your porch. If your porch is on the small side, use a tall, narrow pot versus an oversized pot.
Have a Minimum of Two Chairs: If space permits, include two chairs rather than one. While you may be tempted to place them on either side of the front door for symmetry, positioning them in a conversation group invites a friendly discussion.
Substitute a Porch Swing for Chairs: If you enjoy the old-fashioned look of a porch swing, there’s no need for chairs. Feature a swing built for two but make sure it is safely anchored to ceiling joists. If you are not particularly handy, hire a professional to do the job.
Choose a Petite Table: Seating should have some surface for drinks or small plates. Your best bet is a little table that takes up minimal space.
Install a Ceiling Fan: Atlanta’s hot summers can limit outside activity, but it shouldn’t prevent you from enjoying your front porch. A ceiling fan will move heavy air and deliver relief from the heat and humidity.
Consider Curtains or Lattice: If you don’t have natural shade from a tree, an outdoor curtain could be the answer. Pull them open when you don’t need them and close them as required. While white is the traditional curtain color, if you opt for any other shade, choose a fade-resistant version. A classic lattice fixed to the side can also provide shade and privacy.
Keep Things Light: A well-lit porch sets the tone for a night visit. Place a pair of sconces near the seating area, lights above the door, and, if possible, above the house numbers to make it easy for guests to find your address at night.
Don’t have a front porch? No problem.
Contact us to see how you can enhance your home’s curb appeal and provide beautiful, added living space with a new porch or portico. We’re happy to share photos of our builds to get your creative juices flowing. We will even create photo-renderings of design options that will help you make a confident decision on your new porch or portico.
If you are interested in renovating or adding other outdoor spaces such as decks, arbors, fences, screened porches, and more, visit our parent company Atlanta Decking & Fence.