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7 Things a Front Porch Needs

7 Things a Front Porch Needs

I have been spending plenty of time on my front porch waving to those out getting their exercise walking, running and bicycling by.  This has made me aware of the things a front porch needs.  We all want our porch to be comfortable to spend time on.

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1.  An area rug

There are so many wonderful indoor/outdoor rugs available now.  Outdoor area rugs make a porch feel like a living space, albeit an outdoor living space. If you think an area rug doesn’t make much of a difference, check out the before and after on my front porch!

Here are some great area rugs for your porch this summer:  This rug featuring monstera leaves will make you feel like you are on a tropical island!

For a more classical look in neutrals go with this sand colored patterned rug.  This one is as low as $144 for a 7’10” x 10’9″! 

Punch up the color with this rug on your front porch! 

I have to admit, I would like to switch out my rug for this gorgeous one!  This is a winner from Better Homes and Gardens!  

2.  Potted plants

Plants sitting in pots on the steps or added to the walls like this artificial fern bring nature up onto your porch.

Do you like growing some plants that need more shade than your yard or garden gets?  Your porch is the ideal spot for those plants.  If you don’t have a green thumb, or don’t want to care for live plants, select high quality artificials.    I use a combination of live and artificial plants on my porch.

My boxwood topiaries are live and I keep something blooming in one of the smaller pots.  The sago palm, however, is artificial.

If you add a tree like this artificial ficus tree from Walmart, make sure you put it into a heavy pot so it does not blow over in the wind.

3. Decorative items

Seasonal pillows are a great way to add a decorative touch to your porch.  Little touches like these are the things your front porch needs to feel welcoming.  You can see more of the decorative touches I add through the year at a Fall Front Porch.

4. Comfy furniture

You can’t beat a swing on a porch, or a swinging bed like this one.  This is the perfect place for an afternoon nap out of the summer sun.  You can see more of the 2019 Southern Living Idea House outdoor spaces. 

5.  Lighting

It doesn’t matter if you go solar, battery or electric, lighting is such a great way to add ambiance to evenings on the porch!  This solar powered light floods your porch with elegant patterns of light and shadow.

6. Mosquito control

It may not be glamorous, but mosquito control can make or break an evening sitting on the porch.

My favorite tried and true mosquito repellant are the Thermacell products!  I am one of those people that attracts mosquitoes like bees flock to honey!  These are the best products I have ever used and they REALLY keep the bugs away!  Comfort aside, this is probably what your front porch needs more than anything!

Citronella candles add a bit of deterrent to the mosquitos and add a little charm to evenings on the porch.

7.  Something Special

If you are really lucky you may have room for things like this fantastic bar cart on your front porch!  You would certainly want to keep something like this tucked out of the weather!   What special touch do you think a front porch needs?

Front porches add to our quality of life, offer function and curb appeal.  In Celebration, front porches are a way of life.  Our community website is even called “The Front Porch”.  It is my goal to make my front porch a relaxing space by adding the the things a front porch needs.  I hope if you find yourself in Celebration, you stop by and spend some time on my front porch with me!

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Chloe is the creator of Celebrate & Decorate. Chloe is passionate about having a comfortable and well designed home - she also loves to entertain family and friends. Learn more about Chloe. Follow Chloe: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, YouTube


  1. Loved your tip about using a heavy pot! I definitely need to do that with everything I leave out on our porch, the wind seems to whip right in. I have a rug out on our back deck, but never thought of putting one out on the front. It just might add that perfect touch!

  2. Your rug does make a huge difference! We have 3 outdoor rugs at the beach house, and even though they take a beating in the saltwater humid climate, after pressure washing they look brand new! Enjoy your pleasant spot!

    1. Thanks Jenna, can you believe these are 4 years old? In Florida they are out year ’round, so that is a lot of pollen, a lot of rainstorms!

  3. Great tips, Chloe. I bought a rug several years ago and wish I had bought two just alike. I did like the difference it made.
    Now, I need to clean the porch and get it out now, since the pollen is gone.

    1. These rugs make such a difference and these are 4 years old and still look like new!

  4. Love your ideas! Will definitely put them into use on my front porch!

  5. Your front porch looks so ready for many afternoon and evening sittings. It is so much fun being a porch with comfortable chairs, a good book, blog post or a neighborly hello and southern tea. In these difficult times we long for visits on the porch but until then I will enjoy a hello from afar. Stay safe and continue providing us with your great blog posts.

    1. Thank you so much Helen! We have been enjoying waving and saying hello to those who stroll by!

  6. The rug on your front porch makes such a difference. Love the colors. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Hi, Chloe. Love your ideas for front porch& already use most on my covered back patio. Sad (& bit envious, lol) I cannot use them for front porch, due solely to stray & feral cats in neighborhood that “mark their territory”—on Everything! After trying plants & numerous harmless deterrents, I invested in motorized screen for back patio—love it, but wouldn’t be inviting for front porch. Any ideas?

  8. Shirley Vessel says:

    Hi, Chloe. Love your ideas for front porch & already use most on my covered back patio. Sad (& bit envious, lol) I cannot use them for front porch, due solely to stray & feral cats in neighborhood that “mark their territory”—on Everything! After trying plants & numerous harmless deterrents, I invested in motorized screen for back patio—love it, but wouldn’t be inviting for front porch. Any ideas?

  9. Love these ideas! I’ve never heard of Thermacell products before, but now I totally am going to get some…sometimes the mosquitos make it impossible to enjoy my front porch!! I get the rug on my porch cleaned once a year by a local rug cleaner and it seriously makes the biggest difference in making my front porch look decorative and put together!

    1. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave me a comment! I love hearing from my readers so much! It is really the only way I hear back and know that readers are enjoying what I write about! I like that idea about cleaning the rugs on the porch! I know ours get SO much pollen on them here in Florida! I had the same problem with mosquitos and the Thermacell products have been the perfect solution! Now I can enjoy my porch any time of the day and any time of year!

  10. Such great ideas, and realistic. Thanks for breaking it down into the simple things that make it work. Especially the mosquito things!!

    1. Thank you so much for you kind words! You won’t believe how well that works!! I can sit out and enjoy my porch in the evenings now without being eaten alive!!

  11. Love those ideas. They are all beautiful, makes me want to go out there immediately and start working on my porch but it’s night, so on the morrow I begin. Your suggestions are so helpful.

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