How to Create a Welcoming Front Porch

Welcoming front porch to a residential home with a wooden door and white columns

An inviting front entrance can make all the difference in your home’s curb appeal. Here’s how you can create a welcoming front porch with 11 essential elements to make your guests feel at home before they even step inside.

Take a Step Back

Before creating your front porch, you need to take a step back. What does your front entrance look like to a guest walking in?

Does the landscaping need some TLC like mowing the lawn or blowing away leaves? Maybe you need to sweep away a few layers of dust from the porch itself.

By taking a step back from your porch, you can see the first-time impressions visitors will have from seeing your home. If you are trying to sell your home, improving the front porch is a good place for sellers to start updating their space.

Here are 11 essentials you will need to create your own welcoming front porch.

#1: Update the Door

Gray front porch door with stone and dark columns

The door is THE focal point of your porch! Having a dirty door or faulty knobs or locks could make visitors apprehensive about what is beyond the door.

If you can’t update the entire doorway, a fresh coat of paint or stain can give it a fresh, new look.

Plus door updates can be an easy afternoon or weekend project to boost home value.

Go with a flashy color to make a great bold statement!

#2: Add a Pair of Chairs

2 white rocking chairs on a front porch with yellow flowers and an accent table

As we say in the mountains “Pull up a chair and sit a spell!”

A pair of chairs on your porch is not only inviting, but it adds a comfortable way to enjoy your porch.

Outdoor living is super important in the NC mountains. Up here in the North Carolina High Country, it is hard to find a porch without a rocking chair or Adirondak chair set.

#3: Use an Accent Table

If everything sat on the floor of your porch, things would look cluttered fast!

An accent table is a simple way to elevate and create depth in your porch decor. Luckily, North Carolina-made furniture is easy to find here, so finding the perfect matching table should not be a hard task!

#4: Refresh House Numbers

Blue door with gold address number 74 and door knocker

There are so many options when it comes to updating your house numbers!

The one thing we do know for sure, the “basic” reflect numbers are definitely ‘out.’

From font, size, and color- your address numbers can set the tone for your porch.

#5: Test Outdoor & Entry Lighting

Outdoor lights for a welcoming front porch

A well-illuminated space is an inviting space! No one likes to fumble around in the dark, so test your outdoor entry lighting to make sure it works in the first place.

Like address numbers, different lighting can make a ‘night and day’ difference in how your porch welcomes your visitors.

#6: Lay Down a Doormat (or 2!)

Laying down a doormat (or two) is a great way to make a statement while also keeping your house clean.

Door mats can come with fun messages that will always make your guests (or yourself) giggle. What is more welcoming than laughter?

Door mats can also be elegant, colorful, or simple if you are not into kitchy quotes.

#7: Install a Smart Lock

Smart lock with touch keypad for front porch door.

Elevate your porch space with some tech, such as a smart lock. This quick update will add a level of poshness and security to your entryway- plus alleviate stress!

Did you forget your keys or leave the doors unlocked when you left this morning? No worries!

Most smart lock devices have keypads or connect to a phone app to lock or unlock your house without keys.

#8: Planters & Florals

Front porch with pink flowers and green planters on steps and hanging by porch swing.

Planters and flowers are a beautiful, seasonal way to keep your porch spruced up!

Floral arrangements require more love and attention, but they keep your porch inviting throughout the year.

#9: Color Coordinate & Accessorize

To simplify and make your space cohesive, try to color coordinate the area with similar tones and accessorize with fun accents like windchimes or signs.

#10: Hang a Wreath

Wreath with apples and greenery hanging on a welcoming front porch door

Need another way to color and accessorize your porch? Hang a wreath!

Wreaths aren’t just for Christmas! Not only are they fun to make, but a wreath can spice up your porch’s focal point, the door!

We suggest getting a plain basket-style wreath that you can dress up with each season or for special occasions.

#11: Change Decor with the Seasons

Halloween decor and jackolaterns on a porch step

Changing your decor with the seasons simplifies the maintenance process for your porch.

With the changing of the season, and thus your decor, you are able to make sure things stay in working order and are clean. You can use our spring cleaning guide to help you get started.

Though I will admit, I am bad for going all out for Halloween and being skimpy for Christmas- nobody wants to be greeted with a rotten old jack-o-lantern!

Transition into the Entry Way

The front porch should transition into the entryway of your home.

When you create a welcoming front porch be sure to let that same beautiful personality shine from the outside as you do in!

About the Author

Shalamar Blevins grew up in Ashe County, right next to the North Fork of the New River. Shalamar loves the outdoors after spending most of her life kayaking and hiking in her own front yard. 

Throughout her life, Shalamar tried to learn every art form she could get her hands on, from ceramics to African Batiking! Being creative and adding a splash of lively color is Shalamar’s superpower. After studying the classic mediums from local masters such as Stephen Shoemaker and Lenore DePree, Shalamar attended the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston- Salem before attending UNC-Asheville. After graduating in 2011, Shalamar spent time traveling through Europe and Asia before moving back to the North Carolina High Country to start her own studio and to work for Florence Thomas Art School.

To this day Shalamar still loves to travel and hosts small art classes on location and at festivals. She joined the 828 Real Estate gang in the fall of 2021. Since then, she has been working diligently to provide their agents and clients with the latest marketing tools, while celebrating the adventures that await in the 828! Shalamar got married to wonderful fellow Ashe County native, Micheal the summer of 2021. Micheal is a 13 year US Army Veteran, recently graduated from Nursing school and just started a career at Watauga Medical. They have 2 fur babies, an Australian Shepherd named Quill and Chocolate Lab named Brody. These boys keep Mike and Shalamar on their toes!

 When Mike and Shalamar aren’t working on their garden and home improvement ventures, they love spending time with their big family and friends while exploring the local music and art scene of NC High Country!