Once a kindergarten teacher, now your go-to guide for all things DIY. My passion for teaching didn't stop when I left the classroom - I merely switched from ABCs to DIYs. I've learned a lot from transforming my own home from scratch, and now I'm here to pass on that knowledge to you.
Hey, friends! I’m so excited to share this post with you today because it’s relatable to so many of us. I’m talking about front porch decor that’s simple with a big impact, budget friendly and can work for homeowners and renters. Once you’ve seen this makeover, you can also see other front door transformations we’ve completed here, here, and here.
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Before we dive all in, here’s how this mini makeover came about. My mother-in-law recently made the big move from Maryland to be with us here in Orlando, Florida. Her birthday just happened to fall within that same week and I had the perfect birthday gift in mind: a front porch refresh. The perfect gift to welcome her to Florida!
I knew I had to get creative since she’s renting. My goal? To show how even the smallest of front door areas and where painting a front door isn’t an option, can still have a dramatic difference. There were a few things I kept in mind when deciding on what to do with the space:
Since this was a birthday surprise, I couldn’t ask my mother-in-law what she liked, colors, etc. So I decided to go with staple pieces in neutral colors. Here’s exactly how I designed the space and the pieces I used so that you can do the same with your front porch area. You’ll also find all the items linked at the end for your shopping convenience!
Picking a color scheme from the beginning will help you effortlessly pick out your decor pieces and allow them to flow together. Mix in an equal amount of all colors and it’s bound to come together! For this front door I went with black, white, natural wood and greenery as my colors.
The first thing I think of grabbing for a front door is a doormat. But I like to mix it up a bit by layering a doormat with a rug underneath. I used a regular rug versus an outdoor rug since my mother-in-laws porch is shaded and covered. There are more options to choose from if you can go with a regular rug. And then there’s my go to wooden doormat. I personally have three of these for my home. The natural wood color looks amazing on top of any rug you choose!
I went with white pots for a few reasons. One being you can pair any type of flower with them and they’ll look great. Secondly, you simply can’t go wrong with white pots. They’ll go with any color door, exterior color (except for white), and it goes with other decor nicely. You’ll want to also grab the pots in various sizes so they vary in height. By doing this, your plants will be displayed at various heights creating depth to the space. One way I did this was by picking out a pot that came with a plant stand.
My favorite part of any front door refresh is adding greenery. It takes the space from being a little lifeless to welcoming and bringing it all together. I took into consideration that this space is 100% shade and used plants that thrive off of bright light. Basically, houseplants. I went with a type of elephant ear and a fiddle leaf fig. If you’re not sure what type of plant to use for your front porch, head to your local nursery and ask them They’re usually full of knowledge!
Another way to add greenery is with a wreath. I went with a simple wreath that was nothing but greenery. Not only did it look great with the black door but it balanced the space by tying in with the potted plants. This is also a wreath that can be used throughout most of the seasons. You can either add decor to the wreath or leave it while you add seasonal decor elsewhere on the front porch area.
Wanting to quickly give your front door area an update that’s also budget friendly? Here’s where you can find all of these items at Target. And since I know many of you don’t have Target available where you live, I’ve also linked similar items that are found on Amazon. Make sure to tag me in your front porch makeovers so I can celebrate you turning your house into a home with you!
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