I promised yesterday that I would share the before picture of my boring front porch and my plan to fix it, using the six elements I talked about yesterday (lighting, color, foliage, personality, house number, and a doormat). Here’s the scary before and my plan to make it a welcoming after. And, I’m giving myself the reasonable time frame of completing it in a month.
No.1 LIGHTING: I rent my townhouse, so I am a bit limited on what I am willing to do regarding lighting. You can see I have an old outdated brass lantern on one side and a motion-sensor light on the other. And, there’s also a flag pole holder and an intercom box (it’s broken). They are all different colors and at different heights, which is very distracting. I am hoping my landlord agrees to replace both lights with an inexpensive matching pair, but if not my plan is to paint everything matte black, including the mailbox, so that it all ties together with the black house numbers and doormat which I am not changing.
No.2 COLOR: My house is made of a very orange-y brick. While it’s an unfortunate brick color, it works for me because it’s my favorite color. And my favorite color combination is the complementary colors orange and blue, so I decided to do a blue door. The orange brick is warm toned, so I picked a deep warm blue from Sherwin Williams to balance it.
No.3 WHIMSY: To add a little fun to the front door I am updating my cutesy wreath with something more simple and sophisticated, like this natural moss wreath. And, I ordered this little hello decal in a cheery green to put on the window.
No.4 FOLIAGE: I desperately need some symmetry in my design to pull everything together, and a pair of pots on each side of the door will help with that. I plan on using plain terracotta pots to bring in another orange color in the design. My front porch doesn’t get any direct sunlight, so the pots will be filled with shade plants – a vine to cascade down, some flowers in the middle for color (probably something orange), and something for height.
I also plan on giving everything a good scrubbing to get rid of all the winter dirt. And, see that green bench? It’s getting a makeover too, but that’s for another post.
Do you have any plans to spruce up your front door?