Add front porch curb appeal to your home with big impact ideas.
Are you looking to add some curb appeal to your outdoor space without breaking the bank? Does the idea of an expensive renovation make you feel overwhelmed? Don't worry – you can add value to the front of your home without a costly price tag. From quick and easy landscaping tips to tasteful décor changes, each of these ideas is designed to help make your home stand out without breaking the bank.
7 Front Porch Curb Appeal Ideas on a Low Budget
During the winter months I spend a lot of time decorating my interior. Now that spring is finally in season, it's time to start working on the exterior and add to my home's curb appeal. Whether you have a small porch or a large one, you want this area to be inviting.
As the front porch is the one place that everybody sees as they drive past or come up to your house, this is the perfect spot to be decorated and inviting. However, most don't have hundreds or thousands to spend on a complete front porch makeover. So, here are 7 low budget high impact ways to add curb appeal to your home's exterior.
Make Your Door a Statement
One of the best small front porch ideas is to make sure that your front door stands out. This front door is a basic metal builder grade door. We quickly discovered that new doors were over $3000 and that was not in the budget. As you can see, our front door doesn't stand out.
The best option for our front door was to create an updated look into our front entry. A great way to do this is by casing in your front door. We also stripped the old finish and gave it a fresh new door color. What a huge difference this simple change can make.
Consequently, the front of our house looks like there is a brand new door. You can see the full post on how we did this here.
If you don't want to paint your door, you can also stain it if it is made of wood. See how we cut costs by casing and staining the front doors in our new house, by ourselves.
Add a Welcome Mat
A simple welcome mat is an easy way to provide the exterior of your home with a warm welcome. It can change the look of your front porch by adding a small splash of color, or by creating a more formal or informal style. See my outdoor mats here and here.
Consider the layered look with a mat and a small rug underneath for more texture and style. One of my favorite ways to do this is by using a solid mat on top with a patterned outdoor rug underneath. This is what I use to keep my outdoor mats from blowing everywhere. Layering your outdoor mats can make a small porch appear larger.
Plant Flower Pots
Adding flowers and greenery creates great front porch curb appeal. Not only do they bring in lots of colors and textures, but they smell wonderful and make your front yard more inviting. Plus planting flowers in pots is an inexpensive way to boost appeal.
I reuse my pots each year and plant my own flowers. You can also get creative with what you plant your flowers in. This year I used two galvanized pots I bought at a garage sale. It is also very easy to take outdoor planters you already have and spray paint them for a few dollars. It's amazing what a little paint can do.
Here are a few of my favorites:
Add Color for Front Porch Curb Appeal
Adding color to front porches helps to brighten small space and draw people in. I incorporated some of my larger colorful accessories for a bigger impact. This dresser turned bench (post here) finally found a home on the porch. It is the perfect place to add a fun pop of color.
If you don't have a large porch then painting your front door a bold color is a great option as well. For our door I wanted a neutral color so I opted to add color through my accessories instead.
Front Porch Curb Appeal with Colorful Accessories
Decorating with a few fun accessories is a great way to really set your home apart. But while I prefer to go minimal on my accessories, they need to have a big impact like our hello sign. This hello sign demonstrates instant curb appeal to our guests and it's super easy to hang with brick clips.
This hello sign is 29"x23" so you can clearly see it from the road. You can buy similar ones here.
Paint Your House White
Painting your home with a fresh coat of paint is one way to add to the curb appeal of your home. And doing it yourself can eliminate a lot of the cost so you end up only paying for supplies.
A couple summers ago I sprayed the exterior of our home white because I wanted a whole new look. You can see that tutorial here or the video tutorial here. The bright white is much more inviting instead of the dull brown palette it was before.
I also added a hello cutout in a beautiful coral pink for spring. But most of all, I love how the white makes my front porch just pop.
These gorgeous spring pillow covers compliment the hello sign and create a strong contrast with our white house exterior. You can view some similar ones here.
Outdoor Seating Area
If you can fit it into your porch space, outdoor furniture is one of the best ways to update your front porch curb appeal. Pick something simple like a couple of stylish chairs and a small table in between, or you can also go with a porch swing.
I made this DIY porch swing to fit in this little nook off of our front porch. It is the perfect size to fit into this small space while also providing a stylish focal point. Hanging a light fixture above your seating area or front doors can especially add stylish embellishment.
And also, don't forget to add an outdoor rug to your seating area. This will help the space to feel cozy and welcoming. Shop mine here.
Your surrounding flower beds are basically an extension of your front porch and as such, are an easy way to get a little more embellishment for low cost. This is especially true if you use perennials that will come back every year. Colorful annuals are another option that can also work since they can be bought for so cheap.
Additionally, outdoor lights or solar lighting ground lights like mine are an easy way to illuminate your front flower beds and draw more attention to your front entry space.
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Tips to Help with Curb Appeal
By following these low budget high impact tips, you can add curb appeal to your home without emptying your wallet. From painting your door, to adding window boxes and flowers and more, you can make small changes that make a big difference. Investing in the aesthetics of your home is an investment in boosting the value of your property.
Remember, no matter how small or large the improvements, the effort you put into enhancing your home’s curb appeal is worth it. Start with these easy and budget-friendly tips and you'll be amazed at the results.
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