The front porch is the first thing anyone sees upon visiting your home and if you want to leave a lasting impression, you have to make a statement that guests will never forget. Winter is the perfect time to transform your porch into an inviting space.
How you decorate your porch is also indicative of your taste in design. Below are some tips on how to decorate a front porch that makes a statement all throughout winter.
- Think of a theme. No matter how beautiful your Christmas decorations are, you have to take them down once the holidays are over. Pick a theme – shabby chic, urban oasis, country cottage, and woodland forest are just a few.
- Decide on a color scheme. Bold hues look best in winter. Think of deep reds and glossy blacks. A good rule to follow is to not have more than three kinds of color in a space so that it doesn't look scattered and all over the place. Of course, this still depends on your preference. If you want more than three colors, go right ahead. Just make sure everything ties well together.
- Don't leave your porch bare. A lone wicker chair looks sad and depressing. Find some accessories around your home that you can bring out to the porch. Your attic or basement may have hidden treasures like old ceramic vases, flower pots, or vintage gas lamps.
- Liven up your porch with plants and flowers. Winter may be harsh to plant life but there are plenty of winter blooms that thrive through the season. Ask your local garden shop for camellias, snowdrops, berry bushes, and evergreens. You may also incorporate herbs like sage and rosemary. Use an assortment of pot sizes and place them in different spots. You can line up flowers contained in small pots by the railings or arrange them on the steps.
- Hang a winter wreath. Touch up your Christmas wreath and convert it into elegant winter arrangement by simply spraying the traditional evergreens, holly, and pinecones with faux snow. You can also use Epsom salt to achieve this effect.
- Select your furniture pieces wisely. You want pieces that will stand the test of time – rain or shine, sleet or snow. Wicker is always a good choice when it comes to outdoor furniture as it gives off that homey vibe. Wood and brass are also classic choices. Throw in some cushions, a thick blanket, and you're all set.
- Paint your front door in a bold color. Nothing makes a stronger statement than a red door. Not only does it add character to your home, the bold hue makes a lovely contrast against the whiteness of winter.
- Add warmth and comfort. Quilts, rugs, thick blankets, and throws add an aesthetic appeal while keeping your guests warm as you entertain them on the porch. Consider a rug made of coconut husk or coir fibers as these materials endure elements like dirt, ice, and snow.
- Get a porch swing. If your budget allows it, a porch swing can be the focal point of the space. It doesn't have to be a new one, though. Visit thrift stores or vintage shops and you might score an old swing that you can sand, strip and re-paint.
- Choose your lighting carefully. To create a welcoming ambiance, use low-wattage incandescent bulbs that produce a soft glow. Place a pair of lamps atop your side tables and a few electric candles by the window.
With these tips, coupled with some patience and a little creativity, you can change your porch from drab and dreary to cozy and welcoming. Happy decorating!