Transform Your Small Front Porch Into A Summer Oasis

Written by: Karen Marsh


Summer is the perfect time to spruce up your front porch. 

Whether it’s to create an area where you can relax, entertain guests, or just be an inviting entrance to your home, try incorporating these front porch ideas to add color, texture, and life to this special summer space.

1. Dress up your front porch by starting with your front door.

A cheerful front door is the easiest way to bring summer vibes to your front porch - here’s how you can transform your door to give your guests a warm welcome.

Give your door a new coat of paint. Painting your door welcomes the new season in style and elevates your front porch. We’re loving these beachy door colors that would look amazing on any coastal home.

Gorgeous summer wreaths are a wonderful way to transform front door decor for summer. Simple greenery wreaths are always in style and can be dressed up or down as you please, perfect for summer and beyond.

A versatile rope wreath also works so well in perking up your front porch - whether you hang it on its own, dress it up with a ribbon, or weave flowers for a fresh touch, it can be enjoyed all year long.

Don’t forget to include a charming outdoor doormat to welcome your guests. Choose a large front door mat that properly fills your door space, and brings the texture and color it needs to pop.

These nautical rope doormats are a great way to make a first impression. They come in so many different colors - whether you enjoy the cheery coastal blues or love a pop of vibrant yellow, these outdoor mats will bring summer right to your front porch. You’ll be so happy to see them every day.

2. Transform your front porch into your own outdoor living room.

Consider your front porch as an extension of your house. Bring indoor elements into your outdoor space for a cozy summer season.

Set up a small seating area so you’ll be able to fully enjoy the nice weather. All you need are a few chairs and a table surface for setting down outdoor-friendly drinkware.

Add accent pillows to your seating area for style and comfort. Striped designs and woven pieces are perfect for summer - these pillows remind you that warmer days are here and you should be outdoors to enjoy it.

Bonus points for bringing out nautical throw blankets if you plan to sit outside and relax on cooler nights.

A cute side table in your front porch also makes for a good spot to set down trays while entertaining guests or for small flower pots or planters to energize the space.

Display artwork - vintage signs are such a charming addition to a summer front porch. Nautical home decor that uses reclaimed materials, like this one-of-a-kind metal wall art, adds whimsy and brings a unique touch to any entrance.

If you prefer to keep it minimal, one friendly sign can do the trick. This whale welcome wood sign pairs beautifully with almost any exterior and brings ocean-inspired charm to your front porch.

Throw in additional summer-inspired accessories but avoid going overboard. Add one or two unique coastal accessories to achieve just the right amount of summer vibes. We love how these wooden buoys lend nautical flair with their blues and stripes.

3. Add summer plants and flowers.

Bring potted plants and flowers to your front porch this summer. For other times of the year, you can exchange these summer greenery with seasonal displays.

Outdoor Planters, Transform Your Small Front Porch Into A Summer Oasis

Use different planter sizes for visual interest in your entrance. Mix and match a variety of patterns and colors. We love how our Lobster Rope Baskets work as outdoor planters, bringing sea-inspired color accents to your entrance. Pair them with a Lobster Rope Doormat for a cheery and charming look.

Loving these summer front porch ideas? Here are more accessories to add coastal flair to your front door:

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