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April 25, 2014

How to Maximize Front Porch Space

The front porch of your home is the first thing that people see when they visit or drive by. No matter what the size or condition of your outdoor space, many ways are available to improve and maximize the potential of your front porch.


First impression of your home is highly important for many reasons. If selling your home, the front porch is the first thing that potential buyers will see and judge, it sets the tone for the rest of the home. The front porch can also provide a warm and comfortable space to entertain; connecting the outdoors with the indoor space as a welcome into your home. It’s important to maximize this area for its potential and make a splendid first impression! Some say you can’t judge a book by it’s cover, but when it comes to front porches, that is EXACTLY how it works!

Here are some great ways to maximize front porch space and get your home looking like the best one in the neighborhood:

Fresh Paint

First of all, judging the condition of the woodwork and paint is a great place to start. A fresh coat of paint or a new stain on the patio can bring a clean and fresh look to the space. A nice colored coat of paint on the front door is a great way to brighten up and provide a focal point that’s both inviting and fun. Replacing a broken or outdated banister, railing, or lighting element can also be a quite important project to undertake.


Replacing the existing lighting fixtures or re-painting is a good way to give the space a quick face-lift. Lighting is also important for those evenings that you want to entertain on the front porch. If you have a screened-in area, consider valances or roman shades that can provide a great design element, with the natural sunlight that comes through the windows, and makes the space look bigger by emphasizing the windows.


Plants and landscaping can also help to maximize the front porch space making it look open and bright. Hanging baskets, potted plants along the walkway, or stairs to the porch can provide that bright and colorful pop that leads your guests onto the porch with a warm welcome. This also creates the illusion of a bigger space by creating depth with color and lines in the design of the entire front space.


If you are working with a smaller space and don’t know how to incorporate furniture in the space, maximizing your seating is important. Some easy ways to do this would be a small table that can be pushed up against one wall and then pulled out for extra seating when necessary. The table can be easily used for outdoor entertaining, eating, or relaxation at the end of the day. Another great idea is to use an old church pew or wooden bench for extra seating. Benches along a wall or railing can take up little space and with a comfy cushion are great for extra seating.


Most importantly for a small outdoor space or front porch is the de-clutter and cleaning process. Less is more with small spaces. If you have bulky or over-sized furniture it will compress the space and make it seem dark and cluttered. Don’t overwhelm the space with too many plants or elements on the floor. You want to maximize the space using clean and bright colors, paired with innovative seating options and don’t want to seem like you’ve added too many elements. The main goal is to connect the outdoor space with the indoor elements by providing an inviting space to relax and entertain. All of these projects can be DIY and very cost effective ways to make a great first impression and maximize that front porch potential. Plan a project for this weekend to see just how beautiful your home can be!

What is your favorite tip on how to best utilize your front porch? Let us know in the comments below!

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