A great front porch is more than just an entryway; it is a space where you can comfortably host visitors or even be your outdoor living room. To design a welcoming porch, try incorporating these 5 features.
Nothing feels more welcoming than a pair of comfortable chairs for your callers to sit in while they wait for you. You can also have a porch swing as a substitute. If possible, choose furniture that can also serve as storage.
Keep your porch floor interesting with a statement or colorful doormat. From witty messages to eye-catching design and bold colors, doormats are definitely the scene stealer in any doorstep. Switch up your rugs from time to time and have an instant conversation starter with your visitor.
While a porch is usually an open area, there are days when temperatures are just through the roof and the humidity is unbearable. Keep the air moving in your porch with a ceiling fan overhead. If you have multiple seating areas, you can also install wall fans targeting those areas.
Ambient lights dictate the atmosphere for your porch. Check for the Underwriters Laboratories or UL ratings for the fixtures you will install. Pick bulbs with a wet rating if it’s going to be installed on the outer portion of your porch and will have direct contact with water. Choose fixtures with a damp rating if it’s going to be directly inside your porch as these can handle moisture and damp areas.
Flowers & other Fragrant Plants
Flowers brighten up any nook. Be it a flowerbed, potted plants on the porch or hanging aerial plants, these bring your porch closer to nature and link it to your landscape. The best plants to choose for your porch are those that ward insects off.