Everyone knows about the importance of curb appeal. Whether selling your house or settling in, you want the outside to look just as good as the inside.
By adding some special touches and décor, you can create a home entrance that has plenty of attention-grabbing Southern charm.
- Make your door stand out as a statement piece to your home. Select a bright red or bold yellow that creates a colorful and inviting accent to your house.
- Paint the porch ceiling. Here in the South, it’s quite common – and almost expected – to paint your porch ceiling a light shade of blue. There are a number of theories behind this old Southern tradition, including the idea that blue keeps away haints or spirits, repels insects and creates a cool space where the day seems to extend on longer under the blue sky of the porch. Whatever the reason, it provides a beautiful accent to your front porch combined with sense of Southern history.
- Filling your front porch with wicker furniture, soft pillows and side tables to hold a glass of sweet tea is the perfect way to create a welcoming porch that suggests friends old and new “sit a spell.”
- Colorful plants can completely transform a home’s entrance into a peaceful and beautiful space. Consider large hanging baskets, window box flowers, planters of hydrangeas, ferns or annuals, all of which are a simple way to create an eye-catching porch. Don’t forget to add some planters along the steps and fill a vase with your own flowers for entryway tables.
- Consider a front door with a large window. Not only will this allow for extra natural light indoors, but it also helps blend the indoor and outdoor space. In the Lowcountry, people love outdoor living areas and moving seamlessly from inside to outside.
- If space allows, add a porch swing complete with big, fluffy pillows. You may just find yourself drawn to the swing on a lazy afternoon, favorite book in hand and a nap on your mind.
Consider your front entrance the welcome mat to your home. And here in the South, hospitality is a must so make sure your entrance and porch are inviting and comfortable – you never know when a new neighbor will drop by for a visit.
For added inspiration, check out this photo gallery of breezy and beautiful front porches from Southern Living.