Mar 08, 2023

5 Secrets To Creating An Inviting Front Porch

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We believe the front porch is the first glimpse into your home and should be an extension of your interior decor and enhance your home’s curb appeal. If you’re lucky enough to have a front porch, make the most of this space by sprucing it up to add the perfect amount of Southern charm. Follow along as we share ways to create an inviting Charleston front porch. No matter the size or style of your porch, these tips will surely create an inviting space for you and your guests.

Paint your door. A freshly painted front door is one of the best ways to give your entire house a facelift. You may even consider changing its color to give your home a new look. Pastels are perfect for the Spring season and are also a popular shade choice among Charleston homes. While you’re at it, a fresh coat of paint on your shutters will complete the look and can make your home appear like-new.

Add exterior lighting. Keep your porch brightly lit by adding trendy light fixtures to this space. Take a stroll through downtown Charleston and you will see that gas lanterns and bronzed industrial sconces on either side of your front door are quite popular. If you have stairs leading up to your front porch, consider adding solar lights on each step for optimal illumination. Porch step lighting will make you and your guests feel safe when arriving after dark and will also create a welcoming atmosphere.

Choose furniture. Porches are great entertaining spaces, so don’t forget to incorporate comfortable outdoor furniture to transform your space into a relaxing oasis. Depending on how large your porch is, utilize this space by adding rocking chairs, a bistro table and chairs, a couch or a swing. The addition of furniture will make your guests feel comfortable coming over and enjoying a cold beverage in a shady space.

Plants and flowers. Add life and color to your porch by incorporating plants and flowers. Hanging ferns or flower pots exude a classic Southern look that can make any porch feel alive. You can also add small trees on each side of the front door for height, or group smaller pots together to create dimension. Window boxes hung at your front windows or porch railings are a great addition for springtime. Incorporate plants with varying bright colors or stick with a monochromatic palette of greens and whites.

Time to accessorize. If you feel like your front porch needs one last touch before it is complete, consider adding a few outdoor accessories. Add a fresh welcome mat and wreath to your newly painted front door to tie it all together. If you have plenty of space, add an outdoor rug to your sitting area to make it feel like a cozy outdoor living room. If your house numbers or doorbell hardware are looking worn, consider painting or replacing them.

If you are looking for design ideas to create an inviting front porch, or are looking to buy a new home with a beautiful outdoor space, one of our knowledgable agents would be happy to provide their expertise.

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