Thankfully it hasn’t been too terrible here during these winter months, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t all a bit stir crazy over here. When I’m in the house too much I tend to want to shake things up a bit, you know what I mean? While I could move the kids’ furniture for the hundredth time, I figure the porch needs a little lovin’ too. After all, it’s the first things my guests see when they come over.
Get out of the winter funk by giving your porch a makeover. This doesn’t have to be something that costs a fortune when there are several DIY solutions. Find out ways to incorporate colors to give it life, and how to make it cozy during the night.
Check out these tips for how to make your porch a welcoming place so friends immediately feel at home.
One of the easiest ways to add a bit of color to your porch during the winter months is by adding colorful flower pots. Instead of buying a set of new ones, revamp old with a bit of spray paint. Make them more unique by adding fun designs.
2. Incorporate Textiles from Around the World
Whether you’ve brought back textiles from your travels, or found them at a local store, you can break up the colors of a space with patterned textiles. If you have a chair on your porch, add a detailed pillow. Consider putting a small rug down to welcome visitors.
3. Hang a Wreath
One of the ways I like to change things up is with a wreath. We have our wreaths for the big holidays, but I also like to include smaller ones that are eye-catching and different. During the summer months I use one that is full of bright colors, and in the winter months I like to use one that looks cozier with feathers and foliage.
4. Put Winter Plants on Display
Head out to the nursery to find plants that are in full bloom. Adding hints of green is a great way to add life to a space in the midst of frigid winter months. You might want to make a small drawing to plan out where you think you want your plants to go before you get them. This will also help you determine if you want to go with big or small plants.
5. Welcome Visitors with “Christmas” Lights
This is one of my favorite ideas. Christmas lights aren’t only for the holidays, hang gorgeous white globe lights to give your porch a very cozy feel. If you have small Christmas lights I think they always look beautiful wrapped around a green garland. They are especially beautiful if there is snow reflecting their light.
6. Say Hello With a Door Mat
The door mat is a definite staple for most porches, but that doesn’t mean it needs to fall to the wayside. Add some character to your winter porch by getting a door mat that has bright colors or a funny saying. This is a great way to welcome your visitors with a smile, before you even answer the door.
7. Don’t Forget the Seats
If you have the space, put a seat or bench onto your porch. During the winter, drape a faux fur throw over it, or change the cushions for something that really mimics the season. This can be a place you can escape to for reading your favorite book, or just enjoying a bit of silence.
8. Paint the Door
This one might not be for everyone, but if you’re feeling extra impulsive, grab the paint and brighten up that door. You can always paint it back, but a bright door can instantly snap you out of your winter blues.
9. Jump Into Spring with Fake Flowers
Ring in spring early with bouquets of fake flowers on your porch. You can do full vases of fake flowers, or do a couple here and there. You kill two birds with one stone here, since you’re adding color and incorporating “nature.” Use fake flowers to make a wreath for your door, or I love the idea of using twine to hang a few from the wall.
10. Decorate With Thrift Store Finds
I’ve seen many porches where people have used thrift store finds to decorate. Keep an eye out for treasures that you feel can work with your space. I’ve seen everything from vintage red tricycles, to old suitcases filled with flowers. Experiment and look past the objects to see how you can reuse them. Right now straw baskets are a top trend. Grab a few and mount them on the wall to create a collage.
Jacinda Boneau is a fabric designer and founding co-editor at Pretty Prudent, the premier design and lifestyle blog providing inspiration and instruction to help anyone create beautiful things, food, and experiences for their friends and family.