Consider the view of your home from the street. Does your porch invite your guests in? A well-maintained appearance, pleasing arrangement of plantings and clear pathway to the front door will make people feel welcome.
The walkway to this South Carolina house guides visitors straight to the porch, and planting borders leave plenty of room to walk. Tall topiaries and porch lights on both sides of the front door make the entry an attractive focal point. Just visible are a pair of rocking chairs on the left and a rustic love seat on the right. The look is spare but welcoming.
It’s easy for porches to gather cobwebs and clutter — two things that discourage visitors. Banish those eyesores with regular upkeep. Dust, sweep and wash surfaces as needed, keep plants pruned, and shake out rugs and cushions regularly. Choose furniture and accessories that are pleasing to the eye and fit well in the space — they don’t have to be expensive.
A front porch designed for sitting partially encloses its occupants to create a feeling of safety and intimacy while still maintaining a connection to the street. You can achieve this with hard barriers such as walls and railings, and with softer elements such as plants, shades and hanging decor.
This midcentury Texas porch is fully exposed on the front but has walls on three sides that, along with the ceiling, shelter it from the elements. In place of a rug, a dark border around the floor defines the space. The turquoise Adirondack chairs, large square window and orange-tone door stand out against the neutral stone walls and invite your guests to approach. Succulents and colorful accessories add life to the space.