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How to Decorate a Small Porch Stoop in 4 Easy Steps

If we have another cold snap, I’m wearing my flip flops and tank top in protest. Yes, I’ll look like a frozen blue-lipped idiot in the preschool pick-up line, but that’s the price I’ll have to pay for nature to get the point.

Because spring is on our front porch stoop and it’s here to STAY! (Well, until summer, I guess.)

4 easy steps to decorate a small porch stoop for spring to make any home more welcoming for guests. #springporch #smallporch #porchstoop

Today, I’m joining in with Jennifer from Town and Country Living and a group of blogger friends for the Spring Styling Tour to share all of our best tips for decorating porches and entryways for spring.

But can I confess something first? We had our Christmas wreath still up all the way until the end of February. Oops. I’d forgotten all about it (we’re a back door entering crew on a typical basis).

4 easy steps to decorate a small porch stoop for spring to make any home more welcoming for guests. #springporch #smallporch #porchstoop

With the brick lime washing job we wrapped up in December, this is really the first time I’ve actually decorated our porch stoop.

It’s a little space, but regardless of the size, I totally believe a small-ish stoop can still have tons of personality to greet guests when they visit.

If you have a front stoop on your house too, here are 4 easy tricks you can use to spruce it up: (Some affiliate links are provided below.)

4 easy steps to decorate a small porch stoop for spring to make any home more welcoming for guests. #springporch #smallporch #porchstoop

1. Layer Rugs

I have no idea who came up with this idea I’ve seen floating all over Instagram lately (wishing I could take credit for it), but layering an outdoor accent rug under your welcome mat is so fun for adding big impact that you can change with the seasons. And it makes the front door stand out even more.

4 easy steps to decorate a small porch stoop for spring to make any home more welcoming for guests. #springporch #smallporch #porchstoop

2. Hang a Wreath With a Command Hook

I really didn’t want to drive a screw into our vintage storm door, so an outdoor Command hook does the trick. This sunshine-y wreath jumped into my cart at Target the other day. Funny how they randomly do that when you’re not looking, huh? 😉

4 easy steps to decorate a small porch stoop for spring to make any home more welcoming for guests. #springporch #smallporch #porchstoop

3. Use Interesting Planter Pots

Robert actually found these blue ceramic planters on sale at Lowe’s last summer and surprised me with them because he said they just looked like me. That man knows the way to my heart. A pair of pots to jazz up some shade-loving plants is all you need.

4 easy steps to decorate a small porch stoop for spring to make any home more welcoming for guests. #springporch #smallporch #porchstoop

4. Use Symmetry

There’s something about clean lines with pairs of plants on either side of the front door that says, “Come in”. You can never go wrong.

4 easy steps to decorate a small porch stoop for spring to make any home more welcoming for guests. #springporch #smallporch #porchstoop

Oh, and I guess if you live in the South, painting your porch ceiling “haint blue” is a big ol’ bonus. We painted our ceiling in Benjamin Moore Palladian Blue just like our back porch, and it’s definitely my favorite detail.

If you want to know about any of the sources on our porch, you can find them all here:

And if you have major spring fever, you can check out all of the inspirations from this week’s Spring Styling Tour here:

Monday – Living Rooms

Spring Styling Tour - Living Room

Town and Country Living / Maison de Pax / Duke Manor Farm / Decor Gold

 

Spring Styling Tour - Living Room

Tammy Damore / Kelly Elko / Shabbyfufu

 

Tuesday – Dining Rooms

Spring Styling - Dining Room

House by Hoff / Happy Happy Nester / Paint Me Pink / Craftberry Bush / Designthusiasm

 

Wednesday – Kitchens

Spring Styling Tour - Kitchens

Sincerely, Marie Designs / The Happy Housie / Zevy Joy / A Burst of Beautiful

 

Spring Styling Tour - Kitchens

Tidbits / In My Own Style / Sand and Sisal

 

Thursday – Porches/Entryways

Spring Styling Tour - Porch and Entryway

Vinyet Etc. / Shades of Blue Interiors / Taryn Whitaker / Unskinny Boppy

 

Spring Styling Tour - Porch and Entryway

The Happy Housie / Bless’er House / Seeking Lavender Lane / Rooms for Rent

 

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24 Comments

  1. Hey Lauren! The link to the blue planters isn’t working 🙁 Can you try to link them again? Thank you!

    1. Hi Shirlee,

      The link I had was to similar planters available from Home Depot, but the HD page wasn’t working so I did put a link to a different planter that is somewhat similar. Now’s the time to check out your local garden centers. If you wait too long into the season all the garden stuff will be gone. 🙂

  2. hi there, I’ve been looking for a farmhouse sink like the one you have, but it’s so hard to pick one. Do u mind telling me where u got yours??
    thanx a bunch!!!
    Wendy

  3. OMG, thank you so much for this post, because we have a small stoop to, and it’s so hard fr me to decorate it, because of the small space. I love this idea of ferns and small trees in pots on the stoop. How beautiful, yet clean looking.

  4. Your porch decorations are beautiful! I especially like your glass door. May I ask where you purchased it. I am looking for one for my house.

    1. Sorry, I wish I knew. So many people are asking about it, but it came with the house and doesn’t have any markings on it of any sort to figure out where it came from.

  5. Gotta love a front porch. I left my Christmas stuff out till late February too, it’s wintery and where I live we still have snow. Great ideas. Just wish I could layer rugs, my screen door doesn’t open if I have thick rugs.

  6. Wondering what the door color name and brand is? In the process of redoing mine but after the cleaning,sanding and priming I stopped at my SW Iron Ore paint. I got nervous and just couldn’t. Would love to know your color?

  7. So, I’m from California – and I’m not familiar with the “haint blue” porch ceiling – but I am very curious on what that is …?

    1. It’s a historical tradition in the South, particularly on the coast of the Carolinas and Georgia, to paint porch ceilings a light aqua blue. It’s called “haint” because some believed the color kept ghosts from entering the house. And it supposedly keeps birds and bugs from nesting in porches too because the ceiling is the same color as the sky.

  8. Looks great! Is that Simply White on your exterior trim as well, or something different?
    Looks great!

  9. Hi lauren
    I NEVER thought to layer rugs on the front porch! It adds so much interest! You are a genius!
    Okay how does boxwood do in planters in the sun? My front porch faces southwest and we live in CO where we are high on temps and sun (I could make a joke here, but I wont ;0) ) and low on humidity (none) and rain.

    Love the pots and the color! laura

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