No matter where you go in the world, your front door is there to welcome you home.
It’s that first defense in protecting the home and it’s the first impression as we welcome others into it.
For me, coming home from our adventures away (of which we’ve had a lot lately), there’s always this exhale of relief as we walk up our entry way and spill across the threshold, bags and all.
Besides those times we leave and return from a fun trip away, last year when we evacuated from Hurricane Irma (since it was headed directly for us), it really made us think about what we were coming home to. Walking back though our front door after that was probably one of the most memorable moments of coming home – and filled with so much gratitude because thankfully we had no damage.
When the time came for us to cross “Update front porch” off our to-do list, well, for one, I was SO excited. And two? We knew we wanted to make sure it was one that would last, both through crazy weather and with timeless design.
You guys, I couldn’t be happier with my Therma-Tru Benchmark black front door that’s energy-efficient and fiberglass so it doesn’t warp or split. Almost a year later it still is one that brings that sigh-inducing comfort and satisfaction whenever it welcomes me home.
So today, I’m sharing some simple entryway and small DIY front porch decor ideas for styling year-round!
Don’t miss the full before and after of our front door entryway makeover.
So, how do I make decorating for each season happen easily? I use the base elements to take me through all of the season and these diy front porch decor ideas will have you decorating easily as well!
My entry way and porch decor is built of simple natural elements with a handful of iron accents. The biggest hack for DIY front porch decor that will last through the year, is finding a base of items that you love, and just adjusting them slightly as each season changes.
I find starting with a green natural simple wreath gives me that great base I’m looking for to build on for each season. In the fall I add a few leaves and acorns, for winter I can add in some baubles or Christmas lights, a few flowers for spring and I personally go back to the base green during the summer months. THIS makes it easy – I don’t have to store multiple wreaths, remember where they are, etc.
Our lanterns continue in our front porch decor each season! For the summer months, I’ll just keep candles in them and other times, fill them with seasonal items to add a bit of whimsy.
Other items to consider adding to your porch might be a tall vase or planter stand, a bench and of course a door mat (I’m currently looking for a bench – though we may DIY this one – and new door mat that I love, send your recommendations if you have them!).
Our planters get plenty of use year-round, and when not being used for plants, they can be found holding umbrellas during our summer rainy season (definitely a must here in Florida!), frosted sticks from the yard (looks cuter than it sounds and perfect for the holidays), and more! For fall, add in a mum or two and those planters can be used yet again.
When it comes to creating and designing your front porch/entry way, start with the essentials, like a welcoming front door that makes you feel safe, and then add in the front porch decor elements to make it shine. It’s best to have fun with it and make it a space that represents you and your home.
A well thought-out color scheme can bring out your personal style or the style of your home. Whether you are using paint, stain or a designer finish from Therma-Tru Benchmark, pick a color that will meet your style.
Loving this DIY front porch decor feature? Take a look here for more of my home favorites!
Style tip: I like to browse their Instagram handle @benchmarkdoors and the hashtag #doorsofIG for style ideas!