Is your backyard already a personalized masterpiece? If so, perhaps it’s time to turn your attention to the front porch and garden and make the most of all your outdoor space! According to Pinterest, the search for front-entryway decor ideas is up 190%. From a romantic, arched trellis to a lulling water feature and a hidden street-facing patio, here’s a roundup of welcoming ideas to add major curb appeal to your next project.
A Repeat Performance
Repetition is the holy grail in design, and it’s on show in this enthralling front entryway. Vivid blooms (hello, pink mandevilla!) and lush greenery (cheerio, boxwood globes!) make enticing mates. And if you look closely, you’ll notice the creeping jenny gracefully spilling over the planters’ sides. Landscape designer Joshua Salmon of Planter Decor respected the heritage charm of the English Tudor-style home by creating a sense of balance without it feeling too sterile.
A white archway makes for a sweet entrance and sets the tone for the pretty meandering rocky pathway. It also offers a gentle pause-and-enjoy moment for homeowners and guests alike. In addition to being beautiful, the archway also as a trellis for climbing roses. Curves are all the rage in interior design since they add softness and interest. Plus, they look great outdoors!
What’s Your Number?
Try incorporating house numbers as part of the permanent scenery instead of just hanging them up. That’s what landscape designer Joshua Salmon of Planter Decor did in this showstopping front entrance. The linear planter’s stately yew hedge also offers privacy for the flipside, where he designed an intimate seating area.
Perfectly clipped lawns can be a total yawn! Plus, as green lawn enthusiasts know, grass is always thirsty! Why not try this trending front-yard move instead? Canadian YouTube creator Kristen Raney of Shifting Roots notes people are ditching lawns in favour of perennials and native flowers. If that’s not your vibe, raised flower beds are also having a moment. Both trends are on show in Kristen’s design, seen here.
Cozy Does It
Gussying up the porch by treating it as an interior room continues to be a trend. We like this interpretation by Janna Allbritton of Yellow Prairie Interior Design. From the wicker chairs to the country birdhouse, black farmhouse fixture and old-timey chalkboard, it’s a mix that encourages leisurely afternoons. Just add an icy glass of lemonade and a good book.
To match the clean-lined, contemporary architecture, Melanie Rekola Landscape Design focused on a limited palette for this striking front garden. Wispy Karl Foerster feather reed grass brings beautiful texture and whimsy to the frontage and links to the clusters of gorgeous Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangeas.
Plant Along the Pathway
To create a welcoming front entrance, layer the walkway with cheery blooms and various tones of foliage. The key here – don’t overthink it! There’s something so appealing about a wild and casual look, made even better by the greenery escaping into the pathway. Alternatively, you can use mulch for a tidier vibe.
Add a Water Feature
The sound of trickling water is undeniably relaxing. Bring that spa experience home with this whimsical front entrance, which subtly incorporates a small waterfall feature that beckons a second glance, and encourages the birds to stop by for a drink.
Create a Private Front Porch
If you’re not a fan of your neighbours watching you enjoy your steak (or track of your glasses of pinot noir) then this outdoor dining area provides the perfect solution. For her Skygarden project, Heather Dubbeldam of Dubbeldam Architecture + Design created a private street-front terrace that’s shielded by thermally treated ash walls. Now that’s a stunning detail!
Paint the Door
A chipped painted door is no way to welcome friends. For an easy and inexpensive upgrade, treat your front door to a good lick of paint. For an alternative to popular bright hues, try Behr’s sophisticated Natural Almond. It also adds a gentle warmth to the interior setting, too.