Landscaping is important to maximizing streetside beauty, but front porches play a strong role in increasing curb appeal for homes. Whether you have a smaller front stoop with room just for a chair and table, or an expansive area that offers space for a dining table, there are strategies you can put in place to boost the beauty of your home's curb appeal.
- Establish a direct connection from streetside to front porch. From overgrown shrubs to a hidden walkway, too often the pathway to a home is difficult to find or navigate. The very first thing your front porch can do to boost curb appeal is to clearly articulate the way to your home's entrance. Hardscaping or other structures such as arbors can help, as can cleverly placed containers that direct traffic.
- Offer a transition between the landscape's planted material and the front porch's hardscape. The abrupt change from a lawn and flower beds in the front yard to the material of the front porch -- brick, stone, wood -- can be jarring, both in approach and from the street. To better use your front porch to improve curb appeal, include plants -- in containers, window boxes, even a few potted up on the porch -- to effectively move from outside to in.
- Include seating as a stop-over between inside and outside. Even the smallest front porches benefit from a small chair or a minuscule table as a way station between outside and inside, and that in turn can help boost your curb appeal. And because your front porch is the public face of your home, seating can encourage guests to stay outside and engage with neighbors and streetside activity, too.
- Understand your front porch's limitations. Your front porch can work wonders to boost your curb appeal -- but only if you help, too. Overgrown bushes will hide windows and make your porch and home seem foreboding. Peeling paint discourages passersby from feeling welcome. An empty area can make your home feel less warm and inviting. A little investment of time for maintenance and upkeep, as well as a few thoughtful resources for furniture and plants, can do wonders to make your front porch a key element in your home's best curb appeal yet.
- Identify the front door. An instant way to use your front porch to improve curb appeal is to offer a front door that's easily identifiable. That may mean a distinctive paint or stain color, a chandelier overhead, or sconces on either side.
- Choose a complementary color palette. In the same way that your home's tree, shrub, and flower choices are in tune with your home's architecture -- a cottage garden for a cottage-style house, for example -- rely on the the color palette of your home's front porch to help update and upgrade your curb appeal.