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Welcome Home: 4 Steps to a Perfect Porch

Welcome Home:
4 Steps to a Perfect Porch

From creating curb appeal to creating an inviting entry for incoming guests,
adding a little style to the front porch will warm up your welcomes in no time.

The threshold of your home sees a lot of action during the fall season. It’s a time for visitors (from trick-or-treaters to visiting in-laws), and for well-lit porches as earlier nightfall moves in. And whether you’re working with an itty-bitty apartment entry or a wrap-around portico, styling the space with a few key pieces will make your home feel welcoming and lived in—and let your guests know what fine taste you have before they even get through the door.

Here, our 4 steps to creating the perfect porch for fall and beyond:

1. Start with the right lights.

A well-lit porch not only offers a warm welcome to incoming guests, but provides safety and security for the all-important entrance to your home. Beyond choosing a fixture that is the right style and brightness you want, follow these quick tips for getting the front porch light just right:

  • If possible, flank both sides of the front door with matching . If there isn’t room for two, use a single sconce on the side of the door that the keyhole is on.

  • To get the proportions right, look for that run about ¼ the length of the door.

  • Match the style of light to the exterior of your home. If you have a Tudor-style home, the most modern and minimal light fixture might not look quite at home. Let the features of your home’s architecture guide you to a style you like.

Porch Lighting Ideas


2. Add a little color.

The front porch is a perfect place for a pop of color. We’re partial to bright, playful shades that say “hello!” all the way up the walkway, whether that’s in the form of a cheerful , punchy doormat or a bold swath of color over the front door, like this vivid shade of chartreuse. Whether you use a lot or a little is up to you, but limit colorful pieces to 1 or 2 items and look to neutral tones for additional items or paint colors.

3. Upgrade the basics.

Even the most straightforward elements of a front porch—you know, the things that “came with the house”—could use a little style upgrade. Your are all worth a second look to see if they really match your style. And if not, this a great place to add special little details to the front porch.

4. Accessorize.

From functional pieces (benches, doormats) to fun pieces (plants and outdoor textiles) the front door space can be accessorized like any other space in your home. The key here is balance, as you want the space to feel inviting but not cluttered or overwhelming. Keep it to 2-4 "extra" pieces around the front door itself.


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Alessi, Artek, Arteriors, Artkalia, Bambrella, BDI, Bernhardt Design, Blomus, Blu Dot, Calligaris, Cane-line, Carl Hansen, Cherner Chair Company, Chilewich, Copeland Furniture, Driade, dweLED, Ethnicraft, Fermob, Fine Art Handcrafted Lighting, FLOS, Fredrick Ramond, Gan Rugs, Greenington, Gus Modern, Heller, Herman Miller, Hinkley, Hubbardton Forge, Huppe, Iittala, Kartell, Kebe, Knoll, Lafer, Lafuma, Lechuza, Loll Designs, Loloi, Luceplan, Lyon Beton, Magis, Marset, Midj, Minka Aire Fans, Modern Fan Company, Modern Forms, Modloft, Modloft Black, Moooi Carpets, Nanimarquina, Nelson Bubble Lamps, Nomon, Petite Friture, QLOCKTWO, Roll & Hill, Secto Design, Teckell, Toulemonde Bochart, Visual Comfort, Vitra, Vondom, WAC Lighting, ZANEEN design. Some eligible brands may include items that do not qualify for this promotion. This list is subject to change at any time. All open-box, clearance, light bulbs and some sale items are also excluded from this offer. Cannot be combined with any other offers or past orders.

Discount does not apply to furniture, clearance or open-box items.