The front porch should be a place for gathering with neighbors, or at least for lounging. As such, you want the porch to have a welcoming feel. One way to accomplish this is by decorating it with a homey touch. This is more than simply laying out a welcome mat. Rather, make over your front porch so it looks like a neighborly sort of space.
Keep the Color Palette Cheery
Neighbors and passersby will see your porch from the street, and visitors will get their first impression of your home from the porch. Therefore, you want your color palette to be welcoming. Consider a cheerful palette to create a feeling of happiness. Warmer colors, such as buttery yellow and peach, are cheery hues. You don't have to paint your porch — you can keep the walls the same color as your house. However, add your cheerful colors throughout your furnishings and other décor.
Lay an Area Rug
An area rug is one item you can choose in your cheery colors. What's more, an area rug on the porch functions the same way it does in your house — it draws the furniture together. Look for a weather-proof rug in a fun pattern. You can use the colors in the rug as inspiration for the palette, meaning you'll look for other textiles and décor items that feature colors in the rug.
Include Simple Furnishings
You're not going to outfit your porch the same way you do rooms inside the house. However, a few simple furnishings do add a homey feel. Popular materials for outdoor furniture include wrought iron, wicker, and wood. If you like the rustic touch, look for pieces with distressed finishes, which make them look like they've been passed down through the generations. For seating, comfort is key so you want to actually use your porch. Include also accent items such as tables and even a storage piece. These simple furniture items not only add to the homey ambience, they make the porch more user-friendly.
Add a Porch Swing
In that vein, what do you think of when you picture welcoming porches? You probably imagine a porch swing. As Better Homes and Gardens points out, a porch swing can be a charming addition. Swings come in different material choices, though wood or wood-look are the most common. You can choose to keep the swing simple by adding just a throw pillow or two. Conversely, you can add more cushioning. Your choice in swing can help drive the décor style of your porch — it can even become the centerpiece of your inviting space.
Create an inviting entrance to your house with a cheery palette and welcoming furnishings such as a porch swing. Contact a company like Deron and Helens Favorites LLC for more detail.s