Dear Dagmar,

I would like to impress my visiting friends and family with my entryway. Can you suggest some elegant ways to decorate my front porch?



Hi Kathy,

I totally understand you. The front porch is definitely the spot that you should focus on if you want to make a great first impression with your home.

Creating an elegant and welcoming porch should start with comfortable furniture. Good seating is necessary to invite people to convene and converse, or simply just enjoy the natural elegance of the outdoors. Make your guests feel comfortable by providing the right couch.

You can never go wrong with the rustic charm that wicker brings. Porches with tiles or stones feature clean lines that boxed dark synthetic wicker chairs can complement. Pair them with bright-colored cushions for a fresh and modern touch.

With pillars surrounding your outdoor space, you can easily recreate a classic look with white wicker chairs. These woven seats offer a traditional look, and there is no better place for them other than your front porch.

When using flowers and foliage to decorate, keep the current season in mind. I usually take out some of my summer plants in September and think about about how to decorate for the fall.

Orchard Harvest Potted Artificial Christmas tree
Flank your front door or chairs with Orchard Harvest Potted Trees from Balsam Hill for a more festive holiday feel.

Some plants won’t endure the cold weather, so you may want to decorate with evergreens or artificial potted trees and topiaries, as a way to herald the arrival of the holiday season.

Bay Laurel with Mixed Berries Foliage by Balsam Hill
Liven up the porch with this vibrant Outdoor Lit Bay Laurel with Mixed Berries Garland and Wreath. (Photo c/o

When the Christmas season takes over, update your display to include holiday colors and ornaments that invite a cheerful ambience.

These are just some of the ways by which you can decorate your front porch. But just to remind you, because porches are relatively small, everything you add to it must mean something or must complement another piece. Add decorative urns or side tables that match your color scheme or coordinate with the furniture. These things can be overlooked but they add a wonderful faraway flare to your space. A large container of geraniums in an older porch with a swing evokes memories of days gone by, inspiring relaxation and providing escape from our busy lives.


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