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Decorating with Dagmar:
More Tips on How to Spruce up Your Porch for Spring

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Balsam Hill has just finished celebrating Mother’s Day over the past week with decorating tips from 15 talented bloggers. My own contribution to the series showcases how I spruced up my porch in honor of my mother. I provide more ideas on spring porch decorating in this new post.

The grey overcast days are over. Spring has finally arrived, bringing with it warmth, magnificent colors, and its promise of sunny days. The pleasant and lively weather gives us the perfect opportunity to reconnect with friends and family. One wonderful way to do that is to have a delightful conversation over a hot cup of tea and some delicious snacks on your porch or patio.

A stylish porch featuring rustic wicker chairs, green cushions, and a wooden coffetable
Traditional Porch by Bethesda Design-Build Firms Bill Millholland / Case Design

Before you send out an invite or give your friends a call, make sure that your outdoor space has spring decorations that will capture the vibrancy of the new season. Here are several elegant spring decorating ideas that will add charm to your favorite areas.

The Front Porch: The First Sign of Welcome

When it comes to home decorating, the design of your front porch sets the stage for the interior of your house. Since it is one of the first areas seen, it sets the tone and establishes the atmosphere for your guests. The simpler and more relaxing it is, the more welcoming your front porch will be.

Providing space for seating is an excellent way to encourage everyone to spend some time outdoors. Although it would be a wonderful idea to carry through the same style found in your indoors, creating contrast is also acceptable for a different look outside. You can also consider complementing the season with different pillows, accents, and rugs that reflect the colors and prints of the season.

With the shift to warmer days, draw folks out from inside so that they can enjoy the fine days that express the beauty of spring.

1. Spring Wreaths


Rustic Spaces by Jackson Artists & Artisans Home Hearth Garden

Transform your front porch into a warm and inviting entryway by hanging a beautiful spring wreath on your door. Made from a collection of fresh succulents, dried grapevines, and flowers, this lush perennial accent is designed to add a charming and sophisticated highlight to spaces.

When choosing the ideal spring wreath for your front porch, always keep the style of your exterior in mind. For modern and contemporary homes, the elegant look of dried grapevine spring wreaths and flower wreaths offers an excellent way to highlight the simple design of your front porch.

An elegant combination of rustic stems and plush plum leaves makes this wreath a wonderful addition
Traditional Furniture by Miami Furniture & Accessories Beyond Stores

Succulent spring wreaths, on the other hand, can be used to match the rustic appeal of traditional homes. The subtle use of lush foliage for this type of wreath helps accentuate the countryside look of these homes.

This gorgeous spring wreath features ruffled leaves and exquisite rose blossoms
Contemporary Plants by Other Metro Furniture & Accessories Flora Pacifica, Inc.

If you prefer a more versatile option, you can also go for an artificial doorway accent such as this English Boxwood wreath from Balsam Hill. Featuring handcrafted foliage designed to mimic the realism of live plants, this decorative piece emanates with the charm and elegance of nature. The stylish square form also adds an intentional and classic flair to any style of home.

Our simple yet truly sophisticated Boxwood Wreath features elegant leaves
Balsam Hill’s English Boxwood Wreath

2. Topiaries / Potted Trees

Another fine way to bring the season of spring into your home is by placing a pair of topiaries in your front porch. Often used to add artistry to designs, these potted trees also create elegant and sophisticated spaces without appearing too extravagant, bringing a garden-like charm reminiscent of the conservatories of decades past. It’s also lovely to have them frame either side of the entryway.

For longer-lasting elegance, try using artificial topiaries instead of live ones. These artificial plants feature lifelike foliage that exudes that same quality as natural trees but without the need for constant watering and maintenance. You can also place them indoors since they don’t require sunlight to exist, making them versatile for all types of use. One can even use a pair for both spring and summer, and then change them out once fall and winter arrive.

Create a delightful spring display on your front porch with these beautiful artisan topiaries from Balsam Hill. Choose from the grand Ivy Globe, Arborvitae Royal, and Myrtle Helix to enhance the spring-inspired sophistication of your home.

Balsam Hill's Ivy Globe Topiary, Aborvitae Royal, and Myrtle Helix
Balsam Hill’s Ivy Globe, Arborvitae Royal, and Myrtle Helix Topiaries

3. Door Mats / Welcome Mats

Complete the warm and inviting quality of your front porch by placing a lovely little welcome mat at your door. Aside from providing the functional uses of regular mats, specially designed door mats, such as these ones from Balsam Hill, also add to the stylish appeal of your entryways.

Balsam Hill's Welcome Pineapple, Parisian Parquet, and Drop Crystal floor mats
Balsam Hill’s StormGuard™ Mats

A Welcoming Atmosphere

1. Outdoor Seating / Outdoor Furniture

Make your porch inviting by decorating it as you would an indoor room. Adding outdoor furniture, complete with pillows and rugs, works wonders in creating a gorgeous and comfortable outdoor living area.

An elegant porch featuring topiary trees, wicker seats, cushions, ottomans, and wide glass windows
Traditional Porch by Wilmington General Contractors Dewson Construction Company

Wicker furniture is a desirable option for any outdoor space. Tables and chairs of this material are not only durable and weather-resistant; they also look stylish on a porch. Keep your pillows and cushions from getting damaged by covering them with outdoor fabrics that resist sun, mildew and moisture. There are numerous companies that make these and they offer a variety of classic and whimsical patterns. It is also important

A simple bench can instantly turn a porch or patio into an inviting spot where you can relax with your loved ones and enjoy the beauty of spring. When not in use, the bench can serve as a focal point and perhaps when adorned with a gorgeous basket of flowers. This photo of a distressed painted bench gives a worn comfortable look. With the yellow accent table, the display presents a subtle spring atmosphere that’s inviting to everyone.

You can still use indoor furniture as long as your porch is covered. An old table can make a pretty accent on the porch and provide a nice place to display plants. There are several distressed painted accents like the chairs and decorative piece above the long sofa. Notice that the use of sun fabric with stripes makes sitting and resting additionally inviting.

2.DIY Crafts and Projects

Welcome spring with decorations you can make yourself. Hand-sewn pillow cases are a great and easy way to update the look of your porch. Opt for outdoor fabric with muted or pastel colors to reflect the lightness of the season.

Make a front door arrangement showcasing the beautiful flowers of spring. A simple floral décor instantly creates a charming ambiance and sets a relaxing mood in your home. Not only they are easy and simple, they also add so much detail because of the greens and flowers. The container or object also wonderfully displays your style or theme.

If you want something more personalized, consider crafting your own moss monogram door sign. Clean and simple, this décor exudes an elegant minimalist attitude that adds the perfect spring touch. It also reflects warmth because of the burlap accent ribbon.

You can use any gardening tool such as a watering can or a wooden barrel where you can place flowers or plants. Use a wooden crate for soda bottles and put plants in it. This will breathe new life into your porch and add a vintage dimension to your area.

A cozy porch featuring a large wicker seat, white cushions, and patterned throw pillows
Rustic Porch by Venice Architects & Designers tumbleweed and dandelion.com

Decorated with shutters and a stained glass window, the porch in the image above has become an extension of living space. It is unique since the muted comfortable pillow contrasts well with the dramatic color of red in these summer blooms. The display lends a quiet calm to the surroundings and invites the long warmer days that are to come.

Create the perfect spring porch this season and enjoy quality time with the family by taking inspiration from these stylish spring decorating ideas. Find out more from Decorating with Dagmar only here on Balsam Hill blog!

About 

Dagmar Obert is a designer with over two decades of experience transforming homes into spaces that reflect comfort and elegance. Her sophisticated style emanates from her love of color, forms, and textures. From her choice of fabric to her selection of accent pieces, Dagmar pulls together the look of a room to deliver a statement of class.

Surrounded by family and friends, Dagmar takes delight in turning her own home into a venue where wonderful occasions are made more memorable. Her how-to guides and inspiration articles on decorating and entertaining provide readers with unique ways to create the perfect setting for life’s cherished moments.

About the Author
Dagmar Obert is a designer with over two decades of experience transforming homes into spaces that reflect comfort and elegance. Her sophisticated style emanates from her love of color, forms, and textures. From her choice of fabric to her selection of accent pieces, Dagmar pulls together the look of a room to deliver a statement of class. Surrounded by family and friends, Dagmar takes delight in turning her own home into a venue where wonderful occasions are made more memorable. Her how-to guides and inspiration articles on decorating and entertaining provide readers with unique ways to create the perfect setting for life’s cherished moments.

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More Tips on How to Spruce up Your Porch for Spring

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    You are most welcome! Keep visiting the Balsam Hill blog for more decorating inspiration!