Now that the holidays are coming up and you might be receiving guests soon, now is the best time to prep your home’s exteriors so that they can look their best and that you can incorporate seasonal decor that would make your house stand out in the neighborhood. A well-styled and properly maintained exterior is good for maintaining the value of your property, and proper maintenance can make your look its best for as long as possible. A spruced-up stoop and porch can add to this endeavor.
Your home’s porch can make or break your property’s curb appeal. Here are some ways you can spruce up your porch.
Inspect your exteriors for anything that needs repair or maintenance
Before thinking about styling and decor, you first need to ensure that nothing in your exteriors needs serious repair or maintenance. But even then, a paint refresh, replacing broken windows, and having a residential garage door repair expert check your property and do some upgrades can go a long way in ensuring that you are sprucing up your exteriors from the inside out. Adding some decorative elements and small attractive pieces can make your porch look better, but they’re not enough to cover up anything that needs fixing or replacing.
Incorporate warm lighting
Another way to instantly spruce up your stoop and porch is by adding a warm glow to them. You can do this by investing in some sconces or a pendant light that emanates warm-toned lighting. Layer your lighting so that it looks even better at night when you and your family members sit by the porch after dinner to have some warm heart-to-heart talks over wine or hot cocoa.
Opt for a porch swing instead of a typical couch or sofa
If you truly want to spruce up your stoop and porch, investing in a cozy swing can be one of the best styling decisions you can make. An outdoor porch swing is not just straight out of Pinterest. It can also potentially add value to your home, and it’s legitimately comfortable to sit and lounge around in.
Choose one that is appropriate to the size of your porch and the architectural style of your home, add lots and lots of fluffy pillows, throws, and blankets, and watch your guests fawn over this area of your house as soon as they step into your property.
Use mats and area rugs
Welcoming mats will never go out of style, especially if you choose ones that don’t have cliché messages like “live, laugh, love.” A welcoming mat is functional in that it allows your guests to dust off their shoes before entering your home. With the right words on the mat, it conditions their mind that they are about to enter a new dimension and that they are welcome into your sacred space.
Area rugs can also add dimension and interest to your porch, especially if you opt for warm textures for the upcoming holidays. Moreover, the right carpet will help blend your indoor and outdoor areas, so find ones that can help make the connection look and feel more organic and seamless.
Another simple and easy way to instantly spruce up your stoop and porch is by adding planters of all shapes and sizes. This is especially important if your house is located in an area with not a lot of greenery since these plants are your best bet for bringing nature into your property. Look for plant species that are local to your area so that they have the best chances to grow well.
Don’t neglect your house number
If your property does not have a fence and your house number is placed on your porch, choose modern, sleek, clean, and elegant designs. House numbers can add design and interest to your porch. If you select outdated fonts and colors and a wonky layout, you run the risk of making your home look older than it is.
An ill-designed house number can negatively affect your home’s curb appeal, so make sure to have fun with it. Choose a stylish font, add some simple yet elegant design elements like a DIY planter with flowers, a wooden plaque, or you can even print the numbers on your throws.
Having a well-maintained and well-designed porch can go a long way in adding value to your property and making your guests feel welcome into your home. Don’t neglect it as you prepare to receive visitors during the upcoming holiday parties as 2021 comes to a close.