Whether your porch is large or small, old or new, here are some front porch ideas to help you create a welcoming, beautiful, fun space.
Your porch is the first area of your home the guests see. Make it comfortable and welcoming with these DIY front porch ideas.
Welcoming Front Porch Ideas #1: Add a Greeting
This Chalkboard Serving Platter Porch Sign is genius! The greeting can be changed out for the seasons or holidays and it’s a repurposed project. Win! | A Spotted Pony
We can help you make your own DIY Chalkboard Sign, plus the tutorial has tips for lettering with chalk.
If hanging something on the house isn’t an option, build a post to hang a welcome sign | Shanty2Chic
Make the sign using our tutorial: How to Make Farmhouse Signs the Easy Way
Or stitch the front porch greeting right into your screen door! | Design Sponge
Did you know you can DIY a Screen Door?
An oversized freestanding welcome sign that can sit on the front porch is welcoming, too! | My Fabuless Life on Craftaholics Anonymous
This DIY standing chalkboard easel sign is another way to add a change-able greeting to your front porch. | Her Tool Belt on Remodelaholic
Repurposing an old door to hold your greeting is a beautiful repurposed project. | Meadow Street Memoirs
A modern outdoor DIY concrete and redwood bench will hold up to all the elements | Remodelaholic
This wooden bench is simple to build and would look great on a porch, too! | Remodelaholic
If you have the space, try this awesome bench and table duo | Remodelaholic
This DIY Pallet Bench looks inviting! | Remodelaholic
Find more easy DIY benches here: 2×4 Benches to Build
Welcoming Front Porch Ideas #3: Add Comfort with pillows
Throw pillows come in so many patterns and colors. Check out our Colorful Summer Throw Pillows Under $25 and if you’re like me and have some old pillows to upcycle, keep reading!
Spray Paint (yes, you read that right!) your old or thrifted pillows | The Thrifty House at Remodelaholic
Recover pillows with a grain sack cover that’s no-sew and also painted | Remodelaholic
Pillows made from a placemat are also no-sew and super easy | Remodelaholic
And if you are up for sewing, here’s a super simple pillow cover | Remodelaholic
Front Porch Ideas #4: Add a Welcome Mat
Create fun custom mats | The House That Lars Built
DIY pebble mat | Jenny Highsmith (tutorial no longer available)
DIY wooden doormat | 4 Men 1 Lady on Remodelaholic
Welcoming Front Porch Ideas #5: Add greenery
Plants are calming and inviting and add color to your front porch. With help from your local nursery choose the best plants for your porch, then place them in planters like these:
House Number Planter Box | The Scrap Shoppe
Large Monogram Planter Box | Remodelaholic
DIY Easy Wall Planter Ladder | Remodelaholic
DIY Chevron Lattice Planter | Remodelaholic
Modern Cube Plant Stand (with 3 fretwork options) | Remodelaholic
DIY Concrete Planters | Remodelaholic
Wooden DIY Plant Stand | Remodelaholic
Elevated Planter | Remodelaholic
Welcoming Front Porch Ideas #6: Paint
Spruce up an old porch with new paint or if you have a newer porch, consider these ideas to add fun and interest:
Repaint the Porch and Add Stair Numbers | It All Started With Paint on Remodelaholic
And paint a rug while you’re at it! | It All Started With Paint on Remodelaholic
If you have an old concrete porch, use this tutorial to bring it new life | Remodelaholic
Add a special touch by painting your front door | Remodelaholic
Front Porch Ideas #7: Add Decorative Lighting
Create a soft and gentle atmosphere with these lighting ideas:
Build a Welcome Porch Sconce | Heart, Hands, Home
Add a Wicker Basket Chandelier | Finding Home on Remodelaholic
Update your porch light for $1 | Style with Cents
And if a new porch light is in order, check these out | Remodelaholic
More Outdoor Decorating Ideas:
- 25+ Outdoor Rocking Chairs
- Easy Creative Flower Bed and Outdoor Planter Ideas
- 25 Outdoor String Lights
- 9 Ladder Decor Ideas for your Porch and Yard
- 25+ Indoor and Outdoor Hanging Chairs
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This post originally published 7/19/2013 — Updated 5/5/2021
Lorene has been behind the scenes here at Remodelaholic for more than a decade! She believes that planning projects and actually completing them are two different hobbies, but that doesn't stop her from planning at least a dozen projects at any given time. She spends her free time creating memories with her husband and 5 kids, traveling as far as she can afford, and partaking of books in any form available.