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Front Porch Decorating Ideas For The Summer

by - Wednesday, September 20, 2017

 front porch decorating ideas for summer, fresh traditional front porch decor with layered rugs and blue grey painted front door

We've been updating our home's exterior throughout the summer and I'm excited to show you some final changes. I've shown you the new carriage style garage door from Garaga and the outdoor lighting. Just those two permanent changes really increased our curb appeal. 

In the summer months, the front porch is my favourite place to sit outside. Can anyone resist the appeal of a porch? At our old house, our back porch with built-in L-shaped banquette was my summer office. Working was so much easier with the sounds of the birds and bees to listen to. And our cottage porch is the ultimate summer hang out spot.

You don't need to make significant and costly changes to have your porch ready for the season. Whether you have a small front porch or a more expansive one, you can make this outdoor space inviting. Here are some of my front porch decorating ideas and quick and simple ways to enhance your home's exterior.

 front porch decorating ideas for summer, fresh traditional front porch decor with blue grey painted front door and layered Annie Selke rugs

Tip #1: Paint the front door

To really give our exterior a new look, I wanted to paint the front door. Our old cranberry red door worked with the red tones of the brick but I felt it blended in too much. I craved something lighter and brighter and more noticeable from the street. 

We settled on Wormwood by Sherwin Williams. It's a mid-tone grey-green colour. We didn't want anything too dark (our last home had a black door and we wanted a change) and nothing too blue (we just got rid of the blue garage door). I did love emerald and olive green colours, but felt my seasonal green wreaths would blend in with those colours too much. The Wormwood is a nice, neutral colour. It makes the blue-grey porch floor seem a little cool but we're planning to repaint that at some point anyway.


 front porch decorating ideas for summer, fresh traditional front porch decor with sitting bench and striped Annie Selke rug

Tip #2: Paint the shutters

You can see here that we repainted the old blue shutters a true black colour as well. We used Krylon Fusion for Plastic in Satin Black which has a bit of a sheen. 

How do you repaint shutters? 

For the ground floor windows where the shutters are screwed into the brick, Sean masked off the area with paper and spray painted the shutters installed. The shutters on the second floor were easier to repaint by first removing them from the siding, then spray paint and reattach them. I'm surprised how repainting the shutters makes them look physically bigger and brand new.

 front porch decorating ideas for summer, fresh traditional front porch decor with sitting bench and striped Annie Selke rug

Tip #3: Add rugs

With the door painted, we could finally move onto decorating the porch. One of the most important elements was adding rugs. The porch is rather long and rugs would help define the sitting area and the entry door. When it came to finding outdoor rugs that combine durability and style, I knew Annie Selke would have what I needed.

I had worked with the Annie Selke team previously on our One Room Challenge living room and I'm a big fan of their selection of rugs. Colour-wise, I wanted rugs with warm tones to balance the coolness of the porch floor.


 front porch decorating ideas for summer, Annie Selke Indoor Outdoor rugs, Lexington and McGregor blue camel rugs

For the sitting area, I went with the Lexington Navy/Camel Indoor/Outdoor rug. The camel colour paired with the navy stripes is just my style. I like that this pattern is neutral and can work well in any season. And it feels so soft! If you hadn't told me this was an outdoor rug, I wouldn't have believed you. It's actually made of PET, a polyester fiber made from recycled plastic bottles. We don't get too much dirt up on our porch, just a few stray leaves, but I wanted a rug that will stand up to the elements and sunlight spring to fall (I'll take the rug in for winter).

At the front door, I jumped on the trendy layered rug look. I used the coir Welcome mat I already had and layered it on top of the larger McGregor Navy Indoor/Outdoor rug. The rug has a sort of modern houndstooth pattern which feels preppy and gives you an indication of the style that runs throughout our home.

 front porch decorating ideas for summer, carriage house style garage door with Rejuvenation barn light

Tip #4: Change your accent lighting

Here's another decorating detail I haven't yet shown you: the barn light over our garage door. I've had my eye on the Carson Wall Sconce for a very very long time and couldn't wait to put one over our new garage door. It casts a really beautiful downward light and the gloss black looks sharp against the white trim and door.

 front porch decorating ideas for summer, red brick house with black shutters and mailbox decal

Tip #5: Enhance your mailbox

Speaking of light, the outdoor lanterns we chose are bright and beautiful. Dim lighting is a pet peeve of mine so I'm really glad these ones cast significant light. They also highlight our classic mailbox to which I've added a fun "Mail" decal I made on my Cricut machine. Long-time readers might remember we had a similar decal on the cool mailbox at our old house.

 front porch decorating ideas for summer, fresh traditional front porch decor with sitting bench and striped Annie Selke rug

Tip #6: Add seating and a place to set your drink

Comfortable seating is a front porch must-have. This metal garden bench features an eye-catching Chippendale pattern on the backrest. I've softened the look with a fluffy pillow and soft rug underfoot. But of course, when you're sitting on the porch, you're likely to have a cold drink in your hand. The ceramic stool provides a spot to place your drink. If you're carrying drinks and food in and out of the house, a plastic tray will come in handy

 front porch decorating ideas for summer, fresh traditional front porch decor with sitting bench and striped Annie Selke rug

Tip #6: Add seasonal decor and accessories

You don't need to go overboard with your porch decor. I've decorated the porch for late summer with just a few plants, branches cut from the garden, a garden sculpture, and ceramic stool. The tasseled throw and cushion came courtesy of Sarah Richardson and the team at HGTV Canada in promotion of Sarah's new show, Sarah Off The Grid. Have you been watching? I'm addicted! It has everything I love - Sarah's enviable style, Sarah + Tommy, a bucolic country setting. In case you missed the first episode, or can't watch it from the US, my friend Tim at Design Maze shares weekly recaps of the show with all the design details you need.


 front porch decorating ideas for summer, fresh traditional front porch decor with blue grey painted front door and layered Annie Selke rugs

Tip #7: Make a statement with planters

I've always loved the look of a pair of traditional urns or planters flanking the front door. They provide a sense of symmetry and emphasize your door as a focal point. Filled with leafy ferns, these planters also add texture and bright colour.

before and after exterior refresh of a colonial style house, front porch decorating ideas for summer

It might have taken all summer, but our home's exterior is finally feeling refreshed and renewed. There's still more to be done - reworking of the landscape and walkway, painting the porch, replacing the siding - but that will have to wait for next year. Now, I just have to grab some pumpkins and make this porch ready for fall!

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For more porch decorating inspiration, check out:


Breezy Cottage Porch

A Canada Day Porch

A Front Walkway in Summer


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