Small Front Porch Decorating Ideas

Small front porch decorating ideas to improve curb appeal on a budget. These 5 small front porch makeover ideas are budget friendly and so easy! It is easy to add immense curb appeal and aesthetic value to a home with quick and easy tricks, tips and decor.

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If you have a small front porch, it can feel a little restrictive to decorate.

But you don’t have to be!

It is easy to add lots of character to your front porch a few quick projects.

It is no secret that I love colors but if you came to my front door you would never guess!


Because the front porch is…well…blah… Porch before adding small front porch decorating ideas

I completely ignored it except for the occasional seasonal wreath.

There were some planters by the door left by the old tenants that just sat there… lucky for them they were succulents and survived my neglect…

Well sort of.. they look pretty sad and dry…

In the perfect world, we would own this house and I would paint the front door an amazing cheerful color…

But that is not the case… until then, these quick and temporary small front porch decorating ideas will have to do!

RELATED: I painted the front door of our new house without removing it! 

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5 quick front porch update ideas

  1. Clean the front porch.
  2. Add a few fun and whimsical planters
  3. Add colorful flowers
  4. Brighten it up with a cool doormat
  5. Add a gorgeous and colorful wreath.
  6. Add simple lighting with personality!

Small front porch decorating ideas

Let’s break all of these down –

How to clean the front porch

  • First thing is to sweep up the porch.
  • Then you can hose it down with a pressure washer if you have one to remove all the dust and debris. If not, just moping with water will work too depending on how dirty the porch is.
  • Clean the walls if you have to. I used my favorite SteamMachine  for this.

I love how effective it is. I also used it to clean my back patio furniture and toys a few weeks ago and loved it too. Cleaning a front porch wall with steam cleaner


Planter Ideas for the front porch

Planters and plants make any space cheerful.

You have a choice… buy them or make/paint them.

Build a planter

If you love to DIY, here is a quick and easy DIY $10 planter idea Easy Tiered planter on a small front porch

Also, check out these 20 amazing DIY wooden planter ideas.

Update an old planter

Sometimes, a quick and easy update to an old planter does the trick too!

I used a brush tip Sharpie pen to write on this white planter. I need a lot more practice for my brush lettering skills but you get the idea! Updating an old planter with brush lettering

Isn’t that a fun whimsical planter?Colorful doormat and whimsical planter at the door of a small front porch

Add Colorful Flowers

Nothing says spring like colorful cheerful flowers!

Fill your planters with colorful annuals, perennials, and flowering shrubs.

If you are not sure where to start, check out the Monrovia Blog! They have a wealth of information about plants and picking the right one for your climate! They are healthy, high-quality plants that will thrive for years to come. I got my Monrovia plants at Lowe’s. I picked Gerbera Daisy, Dahlia, and Petunias.Easy Spring porch update with Monrovia!

The best part – you don’t even have to go shopping for the perfect plant!

Choose and order from the entire stock of expertly selected plants especially for your climate on the shop Monrovia page and they ship to your local nursery!

How amazing is that! This girl sure loves it! Beautiful and colorful flowers to update the front porch for spring with Monrovia

The kids love to help and had so much fun filling our planters with the beautiful annuals! Fill your planters with color for a quick spring update for your front porch or backyard with Monrovia

With all the information on the Monrovia blog, I hope to be able to keep these plants thriving!!

Add the perfect doormat –

A cheerful doormat is a perfect addition to a porch.

Not only is it functional, it also conveys your personality.

Of course, I had to go with lots and lots of color!

Check out the tutorial to make this easy personalized doormat.Colorful DIY doormat for a quick spring porch update

A wreath for the door –

Let us not forget that door – add a Spring wreath full of faux flowers to complete the transformation.Make an easy and gorgeous DIY Spring wreath for under $15. Reuse a grapevine wreath for every season!

Or add a wreath that fits the season! I show you how to use a grapevine wreath and decorate it for every season!

This porch went from blah to welcoming in under 2 hours.Small front porch decor on a budget - with colorful details

With my quick front porch update, it sure feels like me now and reflects the cheerful colors in my home!

 And because who doesn’t love a good before and after, here it is – Before and after of a small front porch.

See, you don’t need to have a large front porch to make it look welcoming and loved!

Share your small front porch decorating ideas! I would love to see them!small front porch decorating ideas to add colorful details

Add simple lighting with personality

Lighting brings personality to any space.

I added simple solar lights but with a little twist with the help of a few scrap 4×4 boards.

Take a look at the complete tutorial for the solar light posts.

Front porch with DIY solar light stand and planter

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  1. It’s still pretty cold here in Chicago. But I am itching to get outside to add touches of spring and summer to my front porch. I love the pllanter you made!

  2. I love flowers a lot and your spring porch update idea is really great. I don’t want to miss the chance of using the flower this spring. Thank you for sharing the lovely ideas.

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