Experts advise homeowners to keep the size and number of plants and furniture in scale with the size of the porch.

Experts advise homeowners to keep the size and number of plants and furniture in scale with the size of the porch.

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Spruce up your front porch with tips from local designers

By: Bria Brown | C&G Newspapers | Published May 2, 2018

 There are many rugged materials for outdoor furniture, and a swing is a nice touch if you have a larger porch.

There are many rugged materials for outdoor furniture, and a swing is a nice touch if you have a larger porch.

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 Plants help make a good first impression for visitors.

Plants help make a good first impression for visitors.

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METRO DETROIT — Enticing visitors with a cozy front porch isn’t as hard as it seems. Local designers have tips to stay with trends, create an inviting space and purchase materials for all elements.   

Corie Conroy, president of First Impression Home Staging and Interior Design, said that buying correctly the first time is very important when it comes to designing your porch. Costs upfront may be pricey, but in the long run, buying items to uniquely fit your area can save money instead of buying items every year.

“If you have a large porch, porch swings are becoming popular. If you have the space, it’s a nice feature,” said Conroy. 

An eclectic porch feature would be wood flooring, according to Conroy, who said some people add patterns and create a design. Mixing and matching patterns is a popular trend, according to Conroy.

Scale is important when it comes to sprucing up your space. Conroy mentioned not blocking the walkways.  

“If it’s a small porch, you want to have smaller pots for your floral arrangements, smaller benches and chairs. Maximize that space but don’t overcrowd it,” said Conroy. 

Larger porches have the option of being divided into different zones. 

“You can have a zone where you sit at a table, a living area in another part of the porch, but you still want to keep in mind your scale and traffic zones,” said Conroy. 

Adding floral features to a porch is the most important element, according to Conroy and Denyse Tzavellas, of Denyse and Co. and Nitsa’s Draperies. 

Tzavellas said plants can give a good first impression to someone visiting your home and add charm.

“I think adding plants is No. 1 when designing your porch and your entrance. It can be very welcoming,” said Tzavellas.

Tzavellas also mentioned ways to do so that are budget-friendly.

“You can get a pot and some planting dirt and make up your own design with the plants, or you can get a plain wreath and change it with decorations for each season or holiday,” she said.

“Even if you can only afford grass in the beginning with no shrubs, just to have a nice flower pot on your porch can be inviting. It adds color and warmth to your space,” she added. 

There are several materials created for furniture to stay sturdy and endure the elements; however; if you purchase seasonal furniture, Conroy recommends stowing them in the winter months.