How to Design a Front Porch That Makes Your Home Stand Out

Want to up the curb appeal of your home before putting it on the market? Whether you’re in Toronto, Vancouver or getting into Halton real estate, curb appeal and a well-designed front porch and yard make a big difference when it comes to buying or selling a home.  REALTOR Magazine reports that one study found that homes with high curb appeal typically sell for an average of 7percent more than similar houses without the inviting exterior. Of course, maybe you want your home’s exterior to be more aesthetically pleasing while enjoying a relaxing space to hang out?

Designing a front porch that makes your home stand out is probably easier than you think. Consider implementing these options for a redesign without going broke.

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Comfy Seating

You can’t have a front porch without comfortable seating, but it can be challenging to find options that are both attractive and relaxing. One easy option is to add outdoor throw pillows to standard weatherproof chairs or look for chairs made with woven materials. A classic porch swing is especially appealing if you have the space for it.


Add Drapes or Outdoor Shades

Drapes or outdoor shades can make a significant difference in the look of your porch, providing visual interest and perhaps a splash of colour. If you have room for a seating area, they can provide shade and privacy for curling up with a good book too.


Paint the Front Door

Since the front door is the first thing, the eye is drawn to when looking at the home’s exterior, painting it will instantly add character. Plus, it’s easy and affordable to do. A bold colour can complete a porch makeover like almost nothing else, but it’s crucial to pick a shade that highlights the home’s exterior and your unique style. Consider surrounding elements and everything on your porch. Red works well as a conversation piece, but bright green can be very appealing too.


New Address Numbers

Fonts can make all the difference, as all graphic designers know, and installing new address numbers is super easy and budget-friendly. It’s an opportunity to give the exterior of your home some flair while adding your style.

There are some beautiful remodels and new builds in my neighbourhood that have some clean, clear, simple black metal address numbers that I love, and I must admit, it does make a big difference.


Add an Outdoor Rug to Your Porch

Just like area rugs inside can bring life to your rooms, an outdoor rug can bring life to your porch just by throwing it down. Of course, as it’s outdoors, you’ll want something that’s high quality so that it will be able to stand up to the elements. 


Choose a Statement Door Knocker

Knockers are an easy way to show off your personality while sprucing up your entryway and giving guests a traditional way to announce their arrival. There are many different types available, from antique-looking to modern, quirky, and whimsical. It can be a lot of fun to find one that reflects your taste.


Flourish with Flora

Decorating with plants and flowers is a no-brainer for any porch. Get creative with your containers, using old cans, pitchers, and the like to bring colour and life to your home’s exterior. Begin by choosing plants that match the growing conditions. Many can thrive in filtered or indirect light found on most porches. If there isn’t enough sun for flowers, add colour with foliage plants, pots and other unique containers.


So, if you’re looking to spruce up your front porch and add a little extra curb appeal, hopefully, our suggestions will help you on your way!



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