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Small Front Porch Ideas for Summer

Use these small front porch ideas to make your outdoor space cozy & comfortable. Budget-friendly small porch ideas add curb appeal & style!

No one knows better than me how challenging it can be to make a tired, old space seem new and fresh. No place is that more true than our front porch. Over the years, we’ve done small, easy projects to update the door area and it’s come a long way since we bought the house. In addition to all the things we did around the door, we added a white porch railing. Once the porch background was finished, I was able to concentrate on accessories and the process of seasonal updates became much easier. 

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These small porch ideas will work for any size porch. Of course, if you have a bigger space, you can add more if there is room in your budget. A bigger seating area, more planters, maybe even a rug. 

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Small Porch Ideas

Depending on your budget, you can swap out just one or two things, or give the entire porch a seasonal update. I don’t re-invent the wheel each time because that would just be too hard and very expensive. Here are the things I change with each new season:

  • the door wreath
  • seasonal flowers or greenery in the planters
  • the doormat
  • soft furnishings on the rockers
  • accessories and plants in the sitting area

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Small Front Porch Ideas: A Few Tips

  • Recycle and reuse. Keep your doormats and use them over again. If they are in good shape, there is no reason not to keep them. I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I actually have quite a collection of doormats. (Call me crazy!) I don’t always buy a new one…many times I use what I have. The same goes for your soft furnishings (if you use them on your porch.) If you have some pillows that you’ve used inside for a few years, take them outside. I guarantee they will feel new again!

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  • Use inexpensive annuals for your pots with a little fresh potting soil. It’s not necessary to change all of the potting soil each time you switch the plants. For an added boost, water the annuals with Jack’s All Purpose Plant Food.

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  • Go for something unexpected. For example, if you have an electrical outlet, add a lamp. I had a lamp on my porch for years until I switched to the lanterns. It weathered very well and never blew over. Another idea is a sign that says “welcome” or “gather.” Anything that adds your signature style is always perfect. 

Now that you’ve seen my latest small front porch ideas, here’s a look back at previous years. Some things change, but most things remain the same.

Summer Front Porch 2017

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Spring into Summer Front Porch 2016

Spring into Summer Porch Refresh | Easy touches of spring that will go right into summer. Ideas and inspiration for your outdoor space.

Easy Spring Porch Refresh 2015

Easy Spring Porch Refresh | Ideas for taking what you already have and making it look new. Budget friendly ways to refresh your outdoor space!

Spring Farmhouse Porch 2014

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front porch can be seen
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Additional sources:
Blue striped pillows
Lanterns
16 inch. Mayne black planter

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Pictured in this post:

Shade Plants for Containers
Summer’s Eve Grapevine Wreath
My Blue Front Door

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I hope you have time to visit some of the inspirational links below. It’s all about outdoor decorating & entertaining. Enjoy!

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Satori Design for Living | Craftberry Bush | Finding Silver Pennies | So Much Better with Age

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Zevy Joy | Amber Tysl | Postcards from the Ridge | The Happy Housie

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Casa Watkins Living | City Farmhouse | Clean and Scentsible | Vinyet Etc.

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Maison de Pax | A Pretty Life | Life on Virginia Street | On Sutton Place | The DIY Mommy

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