How to make your front porch an extension of your home

Phantom Screens / May 30, 2016

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No matter the time of year, the front porch of a home is a showpiece and a gathering place. And, being such an important part of your home environment, it is something that you’ll want to focus a lot of your design attention and energy on in order to make it the most welcoming place possible for family, friends and guests.

Creating the right first impression

The front porch is the first thing people usually notice about your home, so you’re going to want to make it as inviting as possible. At the same time, it needs to be a comfortable place for you and your family to relax on a warm summer evening or on a cool fall afternoon. So, finding the right balance between visual attraction and personal comfort is crucial to creating the perfect front porch.

There are a number of outdoor living designs that you can employ to go about achieving that balance. Retractable screens can provide shade from the sun and protection from insects while also preserving the design of your porch.

Plants and flowers are other options you may want to use to spruce up your porch. Like retractable screens, they achieve the goal of adding both comfort and aesthetic appeal. The natural foliage will serve to add a cleaner, fresher feeling and smell to their surroundings, and they present an appealing, colorful view for visitors.
You might also want to think about repainting your porch, especially if the current color scheme is out of date or doesn’t match up with your home’s exterior. There are a lot of ways to go about finding the right color to use. You can consult with a designer, do some research on the internet or head down to your local home improvement store and sift through the myriad options it offers.

Other amenities to consider

An appealing front porch isn’t just about the colors you use, the plants and flowers you choose or even the screens you protect them with. Just as important as all of those is the furniture you choose. If your porch has an overhang, it might be the perfect thing from which to hang a porch swing or hammock.

In the event you don’t have that capability, a durable, weather-protected couch, bench or chair set can also go a long way toward making the front porch your family’s favorite hangout spot. And while you’re at it, if you have room, don’t forget to add a table so you can take advantage of great weather by eating outside.

Of course, no porch would be complete without a grill. Even if you’re not exactly a master of the charcoal, propane or natural gas flame, having the option to cook out on the porch (and send delicious aromas floating out through the neighborhood) is pivotal to having a front porch you can feel proud of.

However you decide to design and adorn your front porch, take into account how you currently use it and how you want to use it once your project is complete. As vital as visual appeal and comfort are, without functionality, the front porch is just a showpiece. In the end, you want to make sure that it’s not only a place to add curb appeal to your home but it also needs to be an area where you and your family enjoy every minute of your time together.