Spring is here, and with the onset of warmer weather and longer, sunnier days comes a great backdrop on which to decorate your front porch for the season. The season’s temperate weather is perfect for decorating, especially with flowers in full bloom. To keep your home looking as fresh as the first day of spring, here are a few Do’s and Don’ts you might want to incorporate into your home revamp this year:
Do: Clean up first.
Sweep, dust, and take off all the winter elements from your front porch. Any leftover winter decor should be put away for the season, and the knickknacks you want to leave behind properly cleaned up. Bring out that wood polish for furniture that has survived the harsh weather and give them a fresh coat of polish for a new layer of protection. Store winter items carefully in the attic or basement to make sure they’re in good condition when you take them out the following winter.
Don’t: Overdo the change.
Remember that some items can transition to spring. For example, the rocking chair you brought out for winter makes for a functional piece in warmer months. Perennial plants, which bloom during winter but also flourish all throughout the year, thrive in the sunshine and fresh air. Find pieces that transition well from one season to another so they can be kept year-round. This reduces the items you need to bring in, as well as lessen the effort, time, and money you need to ready the space.
Do: Give your porch a fresh coat of paint.
If you have the time and the budget for it, spring is the best time to revamp the porch with a fresh coat of paint. Scout your local paint store for hues that go well with your entrance. You don’t have to paint the whole space—just the front door or its frame is a good spot for a splash of color.
Don’t: Repaint on a whim.
Find a color you’ll like year round, and avoid going too trendy. Painting takes commitment to a shade as it does take quite a bit of money and effort. If you like a color, ask yourself if you will continue to like the hue in a few months. Make sure the paint you use is of a quality that ages well and not peel off after a season.
Do: Use flowers and plants.
The best part of spring is the abundance of flourishing plants and flowers that are readily available in pots. Desert cacti, amaryllis, orchids, and a bevy of other potted flowers are beautiful and smell wonderful when placed in the front porch to welcome guests. Hanging baskets of geraniums go great on porches to add height. For those who don’t have too much of a green thumb, look for the varieties of plants that are sturdy and need only to be watered once a day to prevent your porch from looking like a forgotten forest.
Don’t: Use too much.
A few pots of plants of different heights and kinds are great on a larger space, but will overwhelm a smaller porch. Leave room for visitors and other members of the home to be able to still move around freely, and use flowers of the same watering schedule to reduce maintenance efforts—efficiency does wonders for keeping a well-tended collection of plants. For a unified theme, use plants or flowers of the same hues or sizes, and if it is a really small space, just one type of plant or flower.
Decorating your porch for spring is one of the most fulfilling things to do to breathe new life into your home for the season. Welcome guests to your abode with a brand new look with these ideas this spring!
About the Author:
Pasha Lubeck is a single mom to two beautiful boys and a part-time designer for Kichler Lighting. She always looks forward to spring as it’s always the perfect time to re-decorate her lovely apartment.