Welcoming Front Porch Ideas

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. 

More on making your porch beautiful: tips on painting your door  –  wreaths for your front door  –  front porch decoration ideas

Welcoming Front Porch Ideas On RemodelaholicWelcome Front Porch Ideas

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

welcome guests with a chalkboard serving tray sign, 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

build a welcome sign post, 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

stitch a welcome on 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

oversized welcome sign for the porch, 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

How To Build Your Own Standing Chalkboard Easel Sign, Remodelaholic

Repurposing an old door to hold your greeting is a beautiful repurposed project. | Meadow Street Memoirs

a welcoming door on the front porch, Meadow Street MemoirsFront Porch Ideas #2: Add seating

A modern outdoor DIY concrete and redwood bench will hold up to all the elements | Remodelaholic

inviting Porch ideas from remodelaholic

This wooden bench is simple to build and would look great on a porch, too! | RemodelaholicEasy DIY Wood Bench with Farmhouse Angled Legs

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

spray painted outdoor pillows for a welcoming porch, Remodelaholic

Recover pillows with a grain sack cover that’s no-sew and also painted | Remodelaholic

make a pillow cover with painted flour sack ticking, tutorial on Remodelaholic

Pillows made from a placemat are also no-sew and super easy | Remodelaholic 

No Sew Throw Pillow From A Placemat, Welcome To Heardmount On Remodelaholic


And if you are up for sewing, here’s a super simple pillow cover | Remodelaholic

Easiest Diy Pillow Cover From Remodelaholic

Front Porch Ideas #4: Add a Welcome Mat

Create fun custom mats | The House That Lars Built

DIY fruit welcome mats, The House That Lars Built

DIY pebble mat | Jenny Highsmith (tutorial no longer available)make a stone welcome mat, Jenny Highsmith

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

welcoming house number planter box, The Scrap Shoppe

Large Monogram Planter Box | Remodelaholic

Front Porch Ideas from Remodelaholic

DIY Easy Wall Planter Ladder | Remodelaholic

Build An Easy Vertical Planter Wall Ladder Angela Marie Made Featured On Remodelaholic

DIY Chevron Lattice Planter | Remodelaholic 

Modern Cube Plant Stand (with 3 fretwork options) | Remodelaholic

build a fretwork planter stand

Related: How to Create Beautiful Outdoor Pots and Planters

DIY Concrete Planters | Remodelaholic

Wooden DIY Plant Stand | Remodelaholic

DIY Modern Planter Stands | Home Coming for Remodelaholic.com

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

paint to make the porch more welcoming, 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

Painting A Patio With UGL Epoxy Floor Paint @Remodelaholic 30

Paint the porch ceiling, too! | Remodelaholic

Blue Porch Ceiling By First A Dream On Remodelaholic

Add a special touch by painting your front door | Remodelaholic

How To Paint A Front Door By Chris Loves Julia On 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

build a welcome sconce for the porch, Hearts Hands Home

Add a Wicker Basket Chandelier | Finding Home on Remodelaholic

add a welcoming wicker shade chandelier to your porch, Remodelaholic

Update your porch light for $1 | Style with Cents

And if a new porch light is in order, check these out | Remodelaholic

Add A Bump To Your Curb Appeal With These Stylish Sconce Style Outdoor Lighting Featured On Remodelaholic.com #outdoorlighting #outdoorsconces

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This post originally published 7/19/2013 — Updated 5/5/2021

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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.

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  1. Hello, Justin
    I like your top ten ideas for welcoming porch. Your ideas are really interesting and amazing. I am searching for same wonderful designs to make my porch welcoming. Your designs will work to inspire everyone for home renovation and remodeling. Thanks a lot.

    1. Pam, we are thrilled that you love and follow our site. This was a guest feature and I couldn’t see anything about the shelves. Most of the time people are making them their selves. You might be able to find something through google shopper? They might me hard to find though. IF you follow the link at the top of the post to the guest we featured, you night be able to ask her on her blog. Sorry I couldn’t be more help.