Living in Southern California means that we get to enjoy great weather for the majority of the year, and many people enjoy spending a good amount of time in their backyard. Homeowners are notorious for creating incredible backyard havens with stunning design, unique features and beautiful furniture and accessories. But, did you know that you can accomplish the same goal by decorating your front porch, or entryway, to be welcoming, stylish and a perfect spot to spend time in the early morning or evening. Forget backyard envy, this year it’s all about front porch envy! If you browse social media or inspirational websites like Pinterest, you are sure to find some incredible front porch designs that increase the overall charm of the home while providing an additional space to entertain or relax.
Whether your home has a quaint, welcoming entryway or an expansive wrap-around porch like you would see in the movies – there are so many things you can incorporate into this part of your home so it can live up to its full potential. All you need is a little bit of front porch envy and inspiration!
Consider the Size
You don’t need to have a large porch to stand out. No matter how big or small your porch is, you can find outdoor furniture and accessories to make it stand out. Use a built-in bench, a cute outdoor rug, some throw pillows and a cute bistro table to create a unique and welcoming seating area on a smaller porch.
Make it Cozy
If you enjoy sitting in your quiet area with a cup of coffee in the morning or a cocktail and a good book in the evening, then you will want to make your front porch a cozy oasis where you can get away from the hustle and bustle of daily living. Fluffy decorative pillows, cozy throw blankets, candles, floor cushions and large seating areas are all great ideas to create a beautiful cozy area.
Decorate with Plants
Use greenery to frame your front door and add a touch of color to your entryway. Pick a selection of trees, plants and flowers that will help create a tranquil and minimalist landscape design that will also be easy to maintain. For an extra touch of ambiance, you can also incorporate a water feature like a fountain or a little pond.
Swings and porches are a match made in heaven! There are so many different types of swings you can purchase for your porch, but a swing that is spacious and cozy would be the ultimate luxury. Just picture yourself lounging on a comfortable bed swing surrounded by pillows and taking a lazy afternoon nap midsummer…
Stick to a Theme
No matter what your design preference may be, you can keep a theme going through your entire home as well as your front porch. Whether you are into bohemian chic design with vintage rugs and woven accessories, or a nautical theme to match an unbelievable view from your front porch, the sky is the limit when it comes to decorating your entryway. You have to remember that this will be your little slice of heaven, so turn it into whatever you dream it to be.
It’s All About Seating
No matter what you use your front porch for, reading, drinking coffee, greeting neighbors or nothing at all – you want to decorate with a range of seating options. Floor cushions, artsy accent chairs, porch swings, rocking chairs, long built-in benches – there are countless ways to add seating to your front porch. If you have a spacious front porch you could even create a very cozy space to enjoy some al fresco dining on a pleasant evening.
Lamps & Lights
There’s no better way to create a romantic ambiance than well-placed decorative lighting like twinkling strings lights across the ceiling. If you’re thinking about installing ceiling lights on the front porch, consider purchasing a lamp and fan combination to help keep the air circulating on those extra hot nights.
Keep It Warm
On the rare occasion that the temperature drops in Southern California, you will want to make sure you have a way to keep your front porch warm so you can continue to enjoy the space. Tall gas heaters are always promising, or you could strategically place a decorative fire pit table where you could gather with friends and family.