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Summer Front Porch Ideas

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Easy summer front porch ideas to help you create a comfortable and welcoming entrance to your home. By adding plants, colorful pillows and DIY decor you can create a beautiful summer oasis.

Who doesn’t love a “relaxing in a chair” front porch with a roof that you can decorate for the seasons?

Ours porch isn’t overly large but it is bigger than the stoop that we had in Chicago (our last home). 

front porch of stone cottage with 2 wicker chairs with pillows on them and a striped blue rug on the ground

This is a case where size doesn’t matter…the roof is the star on this front porch. 

Unfortunately we’ve had a lot of issues with it.

There have been several leaks, the porch posts are rotted through, as is the trim, and the floor needs painting. 

So, we ripped down the leaky ceiling and started building new porch posts.

Even though we’re in the middle of construction and we don’t have a ceiling, I still wanted the porch to feel comfortable and welcoming for summer. 

potted plants on a front porch decorated for summer

How do you decorate a front porch for summer?

Even without a proper ceiling, I always go for easy and comfortable with soothing color and plants…lots of plants. 

I try keep my spaces simple and you can’t go wrong with a pair of comfy chairs, pillows, an outdoor area rug for color and a couple of potted ferns. 

front porch of stone cottage with 2 wicker chairs with pillows on them and a striped blue rug on the ground

What should I put on my front porch?

Whatever you can fit? We’ve had small front porches, or stoops, in most of the houses we’ve lived in so all we could fit was a potted plant or two.

Plants are a necessity for me no matter how small the porch, along with a nice door mat. 

If you have the room, creating a simple seating area is a great way to welcome guests, or to just hang out in after dinner.

Remember, you don’t have to spend a lot to make a comfortable seating area.

blue hydrangea with front porch in background

How can you make your front porch more inviting?

My trick to making any space more inviting, especially an outdoor porch that has lots of hard surfaces, is to add softness.

Pretty pillows on a comfy chair beg for someone to sit, have a glass of sweet tea and relax.

An outdoor rug is another way to soften a space, and a great way to bring in color.

How do I decorate my front porch on a budget?

There are so many things you can do to stay on budget when decorating your porch for summer. I brought several things outside from inside.

If your porch is covered, like ours, you can bring indoor pillows and decor out.

Instead of buying new I brought our pillows out that have been used in almost every room in our house.

I also brought my glass terrarium out with several faux plants inside (no water needed).

My DIY mason jar beeswax candles are perfect for this space and are totally budget-friendly to create.

beeswax candles on wood console on front porch

The ferns usually last me a few summers, with the proper care and winter in the basement, so I get good mileage out of them. 

My DIY raised planter has been planted with easy to care for plants that will last well into fall.

The only purchase I made, except for the plants in the planter, was the outdoor rug that I added to soften the porch and add a bit of color.

It also hides the peeling paint on the porch floor.

front porch of stone cottage with 2 wicker chairs with pillows on them and a striped blue rug on the ground

Just so you know that I’m not exaggerating about the state of the porch….

Now don’t go and try to copy my one-of-a-kind hanging light bulb. It’s an original creation.

covered front porch decorated for summer with pillows on 2 chairs and a blue striped area rug

Like I said, the plaster ceiling was leaking so we had to take it all down.

We’ve already repaired all the wood beams so it’s ready for a new ceiling, once we finish building the new porch posts.

I’ll share more as we get further into this colossal project. 

Besides all the construction, you can see how easy it is to create a summer porch that’s welcoming enough for guests or an after dinner chat.

How do you add summer to your front porch?

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  1. Deborah Halcomb says:

    Love front porches and sitting on them in the evening and relaxing. Cozy.

    1. Thanks so much, Debbie! We have been enjoying sitting out here (even with all of the construction mess). 😉

  2. It all looks so inviting! The pillow covers are divine but too $$$. A definite splurge.

    1. Thanks so much, Rosa! Yes, the pillow covers are definitely pricey. Not my normal pick but I got them on a great discount and had a credit. I usually like to get my covers from Etsy. A great selection at great prices. 🙂

  3. Karen Simmons says:

    it’s all very nice. Had you considered leaving the exposed beams and adding a hanging light fixture? That would look really good!

    1. Thanks Karen! We have considered it (less work to do) but there are several bad patch jobs, which doesn’t show in the photos. It’s not really nice enough to let it all exposed. We’ll fix the porch so there are no more leaks and the beams are secure and add a nice tongue and groove ceiling. 🙂

  4. Marlene Stephenson says:

    Love your porch it looks cool and peaceful. Rafters are nice too.

    1. Thanks so much, Marlene! I love the rafters too. I would have loved to keep them exposed but in person, they really aren’t nice to look at. There have been a few fixes done over the years and you can tell when you look at the beams. I’ll just be happy to have it all fixed up so it doesn’t leak.

      Thanks for stopping by. Hope that you are well!

  5. Deb Pelton says:

    Well Kristi, looks like you and hubby love a project, although this one was totally necessary it seems! I would have to say after the “Making of Millie” this seems like a snap! It’ll be beautiful like all you do when done. At least you still have a shade covering so you can really enjoy your lovely space. I’m sure you’ll be posting updates and I’m looking forward to seeing your progress! Happy Southern Summering!

    1. Thanks so much, Deb! Yes, we like to keep busy but this porch has been a tough one. I’m just glad that it’s finally getting done. Now if we can finish it this year. 😉 I’ll definitely keep sharing progress.

      Hope that all is well with you!

      1. Deb Pelton says:

        Awesome! Is the weather cooperating or is it southern summer already! Our weather has been nuts! The other morning in town it was 32! The other day it was 97! Just nuts! Today was about 74-perfect. As I sit here at 7:30pm in the house, I have on a fleece! Nuts I tell ya! Happy rest of your week. ❤️🐝deb

  6. Your porch looks so inviting- I especially love all the green plants. The ferns are my favorite.
    You’ve created a cool relaxing area to sit and enjoy the warm summer days that are coming.

    1. Thanks! The ferns are doing so good this year! Last year I had a tough time with them so I had to replace one. They’re one of my favorite plants to have on the porch every year.

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