Spruce Up Your Porch for Spring: 10 Simple Ideas
We’ve made it to Friday! I’m so looking forward to the weekend.
My front porch was looking pretty drab, old faded chairs, tattered doormat, a plant that was barely alive, you get the idea. So over the weekend, I decided I would freshen it up a bit and give it a pop of color for spring! It really didn’t take much effort and I didn’t spend much money. Here are some simple steps to spruce up your porch for spring:
1. Clean! Just cleaning the windows, sweeping the porch and wiping down the front door can do a world of difference.
2. Buy a new doormat. I picked mine up at Target and it matches the rugs I have in my laundry room! Threshold and Room Essential doormats are on sale at Target this week, so go check them out they have some really cute and colorful options.
3. Hang a spring wreath. I used this same boxwood wreath (also from Target) during the Christmas season. I simply added the burlap ribbon with a cute chevron pattern to give it a fresh spring touch. The porch gets a lot of sun, so to prevent the wreath from fading, I usually hang the wreath on the inside of the door and flip it around when we have company coming over. This way I get to enjoy the wreath from inside of my house too!
4. Plant flowers. I like to pick three or four colors and select flowers in that color scheme. I am usually drawn to reds, but decided it was time for a change. I went with pink, purple and green with touches of white. I planted ranunculus, petunias and campanulas. Before you head off to the nursery, take inventory on how many pots you have and the sizes, so you know how many flowers and how much potting soil to buy. I like to have pots in all shapes and sizes. Vary the height of your pots to add some interest. I used an old wood crate that I turned upside down. You could also use plant stands, small patio table, galvanized bucket turned upside down.
5. Add seating. We had 2 patio chairs on our porch, but they were fading. We swapped them out for this bench, which we usually have in the backyard, but we have plenty of seating out there already. The bench is perfect, because we can store the pillows in it during the night so they don’t get wet from the dew. You can also keep gardening tools in it as well. We’ve had the bench for several years now, but I believe we purchased it from Home Depot.
6. Arrange decorative pillows. Pillows add a great pop of color and its fun to mix different colors and patterns. These pillows are from Pottery Barn. I used them for my wedding almost 5 years ago. They hold up really well.
7. Make a welcome sign. There are so many adorable welcome signs out there, but I didn’t want to spend any money. So, I used a small chalkboard and wrote a welcome message to great guests.
8. Lighten Up. Outdoor lanterns add the perfect finishing touch and give great ambient lighting in the evening. Or, hang string lights for a romantic evening glow. If you have a porch light, clean out the cobwebs and switch out the light fixture for an updated look. If you are on a budget, try spray painting the fixture you have (make sure you use a weather resistant spray paint).
9. Add decorative accents. If you have a covered porch, add a colorful outdoor rug in a fun pattern. Our porch isn’t covered and a rug just isn’t practical. If you don’t have a side table, use a galvanized tray to place drinks and snacks while enjoying the outdoors. HomeGoods, TJMaxx and Target always has really cute and inexpensive outdoor decorative accessories. The white pail that the purple flowers are in below was from the Target dollar bins it was $3.00.
10. Make it pop with color. All of the items above (doormat, flowers, wreath, pillows, decorative accents) add wonderful pops of color that freshen up your porch and make your home look warm and inviting. If you have the budget and aren’t tied to rules of an association (like me), paint your front door. Be bold and choose a color like red, plum, green or yellow. I wish I could paint my door !
What are your favorite ways to spruce up your porch for spring?
I’m linking up with the Swing into Spring Link Party hosted by: The Every Day Home, Our Southern Home, and Confessions of a Plate Addict. Be sure to visit their blogs for more spring porch and wreath ideas!
Enjoy your first Spring weekend!