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You know the old cliché: First impressions are important, and your front porch plays a big part in people’s first impression of your house. The front-facing features of your home – your porch, lawn, garage and even roof – all contribute to what real estate agents refer to as curb appeal.
Some people even believe a home’s curb appeal is a reflection of the inside of a home. So if your lawn is unkempt, your exterior paint chipped and your front porch messy, you may be sending the wrong message about your home’s interior.
Luckily, there are easy ways you can fix this perception, and one of them is by cleaning the clutter off your front porch and adding a few design elements that make your space look more inviting. Not to mention, comfortable outdoor living spaces are totally on trend for 2018!
We’ll go over the three most common styles of front porches and ways you can add design elements to increase your home’s curb appeal.
Unlike a traditional open porch, a closed porch (also known as an enclosed or screened porch) has a roof, walls and oftentimes a door that opens into the enclosed area. The walls can be a solid structure or screened. Homeowners often opt for closed porches when they want a structure to shield the porch from the outside elements.
Closed porches can be used as an extra living space or a simple sitting area (like a traditional porch). When they have solid walls, the temperature can often be adjusted inside the closure, making it a great space for both summer and winter use.
If you’re looking to enhance your closed porch, the possibilities are endless – especially if your closed porch has walls. Try incorporating furniture that would traditionally be used in a living room, like a couch, rug and pillows. Because the porch is enclosed by a roof and walls, you won’t have to worry about your furniture being ruined by weather-related wear and tear.
Add a few design elements like a large decorative vase to tie the room together.
- Patio Loveseat $263.99
- Floral Rug $248
- Serving Tray $19.99
- Throw Pillows 2 for $79
- Decorative Vases $28
The farmer-style porch is probably the most common type of porch you’ll see on suburban side streets. Also referred to as an open porch, the telltale sign of a farmers porch is its open-air design, with only a roof supported by beams, pillars or columns, depending on the home’s design.
Farmer-style porches face the street, acting as a transition from the sidewalk, leading up the home and the front door. Because of their design, they boast more exposure to the outside elements, with no walls or screens to act as a barrier to the weather.
If this describes the front porch of your home, decorating your farmer-style porch doesn’t have to be tricky. By incorporating plastic, wood or metal furniture made from weather-safe materials, you’re still able to have a stylish space without having to worry about harmful outdoor elements.
Since the front of your home is more visible with a farmer-style porch, try putting up an interesting house number sign to add a little extra glam to your outdoor oasis. Additionally, give your front door a little love by hanging a decorative wreath, or if you’re up for it, give it a fresh coat of paint.
- Outdoor Patio Set $279.99
- Wreath $34.99
- Welcome Doormat $29
- House Address Numbers $52.84
- Outdoor String Lights $14.99
Wraparound porches are pretty self-explanatory, as they wrap around the exterior of the house, typically on two sides of the home or around the entire house. They are often larger than the traditional porch, providing a more spacious and roomy area for gathering or relaxing.
Wraparound porches have Southern charm – you can just picture an old white rocking chair and a glass of ice-cold lemonade! Additionally, they provide multiple viewpoints, allowing you the chance to move around and enjoy various sights around your home. Like the farmer-style porch, however, they’re open and allow exposure to different weather elements, so it’s important to decorate accordingly.
To maintain the themes of Southern charm along with the realities of weather exposure, try adding a classy wooden rocking chair to the porch. We recommend purchasing a few of these, as you don’t want to leave too much open space on the porch.
Since wraparound porches are used for community and togetherness, make sure you have plenty of tables and amenities to entertain your friends and family – like a serving tray for your ice cold lemonade or sweet tea.
- Rocking Chair $109.99
- Pitcher $20.99
- Faux Fiddle-Leaf Fig Tree $51.38
- Serving Tray $48
- Bar Cart $89.99
Why stop at your front door? Indoor-outdoor living spaces, like backyard kitchens and living room sets, are a hot topic for summer home design.
Whether you’re looking to sell your home or create a more relaxing place to sip your lemonade on a hot summer’s day, increasing the curb appeal of your front porch will ultimately create a more inviting and comfortable space in your home.
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