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Front porch makeover: How to create a fresh spring look

Now that the warmer weather is finally making the occasional appearance, it invites us to spend more time outside and concentrate on our outdoor spaces.

One of the first projects I love to do in spring is a front porch makeover to transform my porch from winter to the fresh new look of spring. And with all of us being homebound, it’s important to work on projects around the house that inspire us, make us smile and help us to love our home even more.

You may be thinking “I’d love to make over my front porch but I don’t have all the pieces.” I’m betting that you do — you just don’t realize it.

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Take a look around your garage, basement, shed and do it with a “detective’s eye” to see if there is anything you can use to create your porch vignette. Be open to using something in a new way.

Possible pieces could include:

  • Chair or, depending on the size of your porch, a loveseat or two chairs
  • Bench
  • Small table
  • Planter(s)
  • Faux flowers, sticks, pussy willows
  • Outdoor cushion
  • Welcome sign or any other sign
  • Something for your door, like a wreath
  • Outdoor rug
  • Any other pieces that could be incorporated into your porch’s new look, like a tin watering can or vintage garden utensils

Remove everything from your porch so you are starting with a fresh “canvas.” Step back and take a look at the space you have, considering how you want it to come together.

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Don’t worry if you have a small or narrow porch, you can still take some of these ideas and tailor the look for your space. It’s all about proportion.

Decorating to me can be compared to ingredients for a recipe. I like to gather everything in one place so I can see what I have and what I will be working with. Seeing it all together provides me with inspiration.

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Let’s begin the transformation.

Decorating any space is about layering. If you have a rug or mat, lay that down first, then add bigger pieces such as chairs. Do you have a cushion for the chair? If so, add that.

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Once you are happy with where your main pieces are, start adding in your accessories. Lanterns, cushions, signs, planters all add extra personality to your porch.

Step back and take a look from a distance at how things are shaping up. Do you need to make any adjustments? Go ahead and move things around until you are pleased with what you are seeing.

Next, don’t forget your front door. Try creating a welcoming, spring arrangement, which you can easily do with faux flowers.

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Last but not least, add your final touches.

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Finished? Why not grab a cup of tea and take a seat and enjoy your new space?

Here’s a short video of my finished porch:

About the Author

Sue Pitchforth

Sue Pitchforth of Decor Therapy Plus is an international award-winning designer and Readers’ Choice winner for eight years in a row. Sue is a TV personality and professional speaker who takes a refreshingly unique and inexpensive approach to design that yields luxurious results. Believing your home is an expression of your life and personality, Sue says most people usually have a lot of what they need, they just don’t know it. She uses her popular workshops and seminars to inspire homeowners and her newest program is Design & Property Styling from a Distance. Having recently relocated to Ottawa, Sue is thrilled to be here and is already helping homeowners make the most of their spaces.

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