Even if you do not own a wraparound porch or even a patio, you can decorate a porch stoop in a way that maximizes its functionality while punching up its style. As the transition point between indoors and outdoors, your stoop may contain elements from both environments. Keep your porch decoration updated by incorporating seasonal elements and plants.
Give your porch stoop a pop of color and pattern by decorating it with tile. You can add a simple hand-painted tile street number by the door, setting it apart with a wrought iron holder. Frame your doorway in color by adding a thin border of brilliant tile. If you want to tile your stoop or stairs, select a tile that has grain in the finish, such as the Mexican style Saltillo tile, so that no one slips on wet surfaces. Any columns surrounding your doorway or stairs can also serve as backdrops for a decorative tile mural.
Coordinate your home's interior and exterior with plants. Front windows facing your stoop may hold window boxes with herbs or wildflowers. Set terra cotta containers or metal buckets on every stoop and fill them with plants indigenous to the region so that they flourish. Frame your doorway with tall bamboo shoots in weighted pots or, if your stoop has enough space, a trellis supporting climbing vines. Hang trailing ivy or bright blossoming plants from the porch rafters.
The tightest stoops may not fit more than a vintage milking stool or a narrow wire plant stand, but some stoops can hold small pieces of furniture. A cafe table and chair make your outdoor space more functional. Some tables come in a half-circle shape so that you can push them flush against the wall, making them ideal for narrow stoops. A wicker or rattan love seat with bright cushions provides a comfortable spot for reading.
Illuminate your front porch area to make it more functional. A hanging lantern over the front door or elaborate wall sconces on either side of the door create ambient light. For a burst of color, suspend a bouquet of silk or paper lanterns from your porch rafters. Tiki torches and candles create a glowy atmosphere perfect for greeting guests at summer evening parties.
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