Brighten your front porch for spring with bold colors, wild wreaths and furniture for entertaining.
In summer, it’s not so hard to make a great first impression at the entrance to your home. Put out a few baskets of colorful flowers and your work is done
But early spring? That’s more complicated.
Here, stylist Marianne Canada, host of the “HGTV Crafternoon” web series; Andrew Howard of Jacksonville, Fla.; and Brian Patrick Flynn, designer of the HGTV Dream Home 2016, offer advice on making a home’s entrance inviting and stylish, no matter the season.
All three designers suggest painting your front door a bold color that delights you. With little expense and just an afternoon’s effort, you can give your home’s front entrance a major facelift.
“And if you get sick of a bold or dark color, so what?” says Flynn. “It’s only a quart of paint to re-cover a super-small surface.”
And don’t forget your home’s other entrances: “I like painting secondary exterior doors bold colors,” Flynn says. “In my previous house, I painted the side entrance door bright violet, and it became an excellent conversation starter.”
“A lot of people think fall and winter when it comes to wreaths,” Canada says, but you can hang them year-round. You can also create your own.
On her door, Canada has a DIY wooden sign painted with chalkboard paint so it can hold any message or picture. “Mine says ‘Come on in!’, ” she says. It’s the perfect place to let kids draw spring flowers or write their own welcome messages.
HOT HOUSE NUMBERS
“Gone are the days when people would just buy those reflective sticker numbers and put them on their mailbox and call it done,” Canada says. We’re now seeing “beautiful house numbers … and going oversize.”
Flynn sees big, raised house numbers as an investment in the front of a house.
“I’m all about splurging on house numbers that honor the architecture of the house, and also going way oversize with them so they’re easily visible from the street,” he says.
People are starting to use more of the yard for entertaining, Canada says, including front porches and stoops, not just backyards or decks hidden from the street. “It’s a lot more welcoming,” she says.
Howard likes potted plants flanking an entry door. “They can be changed out from time to time and are not very expensive,” he says.
If the house is the right style, Howard says, “I love a great comfortable porch swing. They make them oversize nowadays where you can get comfortable and really stretch out.
“I am also a big proponent of changing the light fixtures, sconces and door hardware from time to time. They can get worn and dirty after a while, and changing them makes for a big improvement.”