Front Porch Ideas Using Flea Market Finds

New meets old in these smart (and budget-friendly!) porch ideas that put vintage finds to work.

The best part about summer, hands down, is being able to live outdoors. Living in the Northeast, there is a certain anticipation that comes when the warmer weather arrives because we know the best months are ahead. Whether you live coastal or inland, on a big piece of property or a small one, we all want the same thing—to bring our outdoor spaces to life and make them feel like an extension of our home. There is a longing to invite our family and friends to be a part of our hospitality once again and for them to experience it in a peaceful and pretty setting.

This is the time I get energized to decorate and refresh our front porch, so I am always looking for ideas and inspiration to make it the most ideal spot to relax and catch up. My porch is considered a farmhouse front porch, which means it wraps from the front to the side of the house. It is expansive; at first it was a challenge to decorate, but I have learned a ton over the past five years from living in and using the space.

Here are 10 fabulous front porch ideas that will make your friends and family eager for an invite this summer. Whether you have a front porch or not, these bold and creative ideas can be applied to any outdoor space. Head to my blog, City Farmhouse, for more inspiration.

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1. Think Outside the Box

We all need functional seating outdoors, so why not think outside the box? A hanging couch or daybed creates a cozy area to relax. And, it gives some style to an otherwise casual aesthetic. Small poufs or ottomans complete this informal look.

2. Break Up the Space

Dividing your outdoor space into areas for various functions creates direction when designing and decorating. You can create a small seating area, a large place for lounging, or even a dining area. By breaking up your outdoor space it can feel more purposeful and intentional.

3. Don't Be Afraid to Add Color

Your outdoor spaces should be a safe place to be bold and use color. Even if your home tends to be more neutral on the inside you can find small ways of layering pretty pinks, reds, and blues through plantings, pillows and accessories. If you like color and want a stronger commitment you can also bring in bold hues with your furnishings.

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4. Front Door = Focal Point

Every front door has the potential to be a visual asset to your home. With simple paint, outdoor lighting and plantings you can create a beautiful focal point on your front porch. Be sure to keep it symmetrical and balanced for the most curb appeal.

Craftsman front doors that make a big style statement.

5. Make it Cozy

There is nothing like spending time outside at dusk and feeling cozy and captivated by the illumination. Setting the mood with lights can make all the difference to you and your guests. Having extra throws and pillows on hand and hanging string lights always creates a beautiful ambiance.

6. Go Green

Just as pillows and throws are important for creating a cozy space, so are plants. Large tropical plants can create a room divide and make you feel transported to another region of the world. Small-medium plants arranged along the floor and on tables also gives a visual balance.

7. Lighting is Key

There is a fun, artistic freedom when it comes to outdoor lighting, and it really is key to making any open-air space feel finished. Whether you choose lanterns, light fixtures, candles or string lights, lighting is essential to establishing a cool outdoor vibe. If you don't have outdoor power outlets, consider battery or solar-operated lights. 

8. Mix and Match

Have fun layering in different pieces—old and new—and don't be afraid to mix and match styles. My favorite outdoor spaces are cohesive but not always intentional. Rugs, lanterns, lights, plants—consider a blend of all of your favorites. 

9. Use Wall Space

Pay attention to wall details. Using your outdoor wall space gives you vertical height and an effect of being in an outdoor room. Vertical gardens and mirrors are always a smart design decision and will add tons of interest to your walls.

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10. Rock On

When in doubt, the traditional rocking chair is always in style. If you are limited by space, this is an ideal choice. Plus, who isn't excited by the thought of rocking and relaxing for a spell on a beautiful front porch sipping some cold tea.

13 Comments

  1. Not for the common home owner. Those are expensive homes! How about some budget ideas for the working class.

    1. Cruiseonover, I like your ideas! Thanks for the sweet suggestions!

    2. You can make a rug from a canvas drop cloth. Fairly inexpensive at Lowe's. Use a paint roller and paint a colorful edge, or get creative and make a pattern.

    3. Try shopping at yard sales, used furniture stores and thrift shops for old furniture pieces, flower pots, etc. You can get a paint sample from ACE hardware for about $5. One jar is plenty for one piece of furniture. Check FB for people giving away stuff. Now is a great time to get plants dirt cheap (pun intended) at locally owned nurseries. Sometimes I score some freebies! There is plenty of growing time left this season. I found an old wicker rocker that someone had thrown out because the rocker came loose. An easy fix so I brought it home! I love old dressers on porches! You can line the drawers to protect against water damage and put flower pots in the open drawers. You can get some fabric pieces at Walmart for a couple dollars and let them hang slightly out the front of the drawer if you want. You can put any type of decor you want on top. If you can't find used/cheap stuff, you can usually find plastic Adirondack chairs for about $10 each. If you don't have pretty flower pots just paint a plastic bucket. You can use color to pull it all together! Good luck!

    4. I agree....

  2. I love the colors and design of the Mix and Match porch. Everything works well together

  3. These porches look like they are nice and wide. My front porch is 6 ft. wide. How about some ideas for a narrow porch.

    1. I understand where you are coming from. I would bet porch #10. Rock On is a 6 ft. wide porch. I was daunted, at first, by my narrow 6 ft. wide front porch, as well. My porch is quite long, though; it is 46 feet along the front, with a 6 ft. wrap around on each side. On one side of the front portion of my porch, I have a smaller round Plantation style table, flanked by 2 matching patio action chairs. On the other side, I have 2 rockers from Cracker Barrel, with a second hand store wooden magazine table in between and a swing on the end of that side of the front portion of my porch. On each side of my front door, I have matching plants in wrought iron plant stands. On the other side of each of my plant stands, I have matching narrow benches, 10 in. wide and just over 2 1/2 feet long.

      In my opinion, placement, orientation, and furniture size are most important for a narrow porch. You may not be able to make large conversation areas, but because the area given is more compact, you can create smaller, cozy seating arrangements with little effort and less money. I would suggest some arrangements of plants and flowers make even smaller front porches more comfortable and warm. The items on my front porch were collected over time. From time to time, I change the furniture arrangement and add and subtract plants to keep my porch feeling fresh and new. I hope this helps. Happy decorating!

  4. Even a tiny apartment deck can be "decked out" with thrift store finds: a colorful rug, baskets, wrought iron oddities. Coordinate mismatched items with paint and voila!

  5. How about a porch that's barely 6ft wide and 10ft long?

  6. All beautiful, but I live in a neighborhood where stuff is stolen right off your porch. It's a shame, because I have a nice porch. :'(

    1. 😞

  7. Oh, I would just love to be in any of these homes:)

    1. My sentiments exactly!

  8. Beautiful designs and wonderful inspiration!

  9. I LOVE THESE IDEAS!!! Thank you very much!!!!!

  10. Love the green porch. So pretty

    1. Ditto...the most calming color!raf


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