Black and White on the Front Porch

Easy and budget-friendly black and white decor ideas for the front porch. White rockers, buffalo checks, and ferns are the perfect summer combination!

the front porch with ferns

Spring has arrived in Ohio. The trees are bursting with green, the grass is growing so fast we can’t keep up with it, and the front porch is decked out in black and white. Who could ask for more?

Welcome to my favorite post of the year. Sprucing up our porch in the spring, after a winter of dark days and cold weather, is something I plan for and look forward to with excitement and anticipation. For this front porch design, I decided to keep it simple and budget-friendly.

black and white pillow on white porch rockers

I chose affordable pillow covers that pack a punch and add wonderful curb appeal to the front porch. Like last year, all white impatiens were planted in buckets. I loved the way they grew last year and I’m hoping to have the same luck this year. A set of pillows, three impatiens plants, three ivy plants, and three buckets are all it took to brighten up this end of the porch. 

white rocker on summer porch

ferns and impatiens on porch

For the front door area, I decided to get two new planters. They are simple steel buckets that look very much like trash cans. I found them at Hobby Lobby {HERE}. They sell out quickly, so if you miss them, a pair of small steel trash cans that have been spray painted a high gloss white would work as well. 

diy porch planter drainage holes

Make sure to drill some holes in the bottom of the trash cans, and fill them halfway full with plastic water/soda bottles. It also works to use packing peanuts or packing pillows. The holes add necessary drainage, and the bottles save on potting soil and help keep the planters from being so heavy. 

plastic bottles in porch planter

fern in white planter

Once you have the drainage taken care of, add the biggest ferns you can find! I could not believe my luck when I recently visited a local farmers market. There were rows and rows of the most gorgeous ferns, and I could not resist bringing two of them home.

ferns in white planters

You might remember the black and white rug I layered under the doormat last fall. I brought it out again and topped it with this cute coir doormat. Like the ferns, as soon as I saw it, I knew it was coming home with me. 

1hello sunshine doormat black and white rug

The very last thing was adding a black and white bow to the door basket I made earlier in the spring. When I was finished, I stood back and couldn’t help smiling. Even though the front porch is modest and small, I so enjoy making it look its best. All the cracks and worn out areas fade to the back, and they become much less noticeable. That’s always a good thing. 

blue door with summer basket

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The Front Porch Shop & Source

White rockers | buffalo check pillow covers | white metal planterssmall metal trash can | buffalo check rug | hello sunshine coir doormat (similar) | front door color | front door basket | address plaque | mailbox | door hardware | porch lights | galvanized bucket

white impatiens on porch in summer


There’s a lot more to do. We didn’t mulch our beds last year, so we need to definitely do it this year. A few plants in my fence row garden didn’t make it through the winter, so they need replaced. We are replacing our old and rotted deck with a cement patio. As we slowly complete all these projects, Kelly and I will be sure to share them with you along the way. 

kelly the schnauzer on the front porch

Wishing you happiness and peace
on this Mother’s Day…

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