Joanna Gaines is the queen of interior design, but she’s pretty handy outdoors, too. If you’ve been looking to up your curb appeal, take a page or two from the Joanna Gaines book of how to make your front porch pop. Check out these seven tips, including one classic feature she has at her own home (page 7).
1. Flower boxes
Gaines is a big fan of sprucing up the front porch by incorporating some flower boxes. Fresh flowers can make any porch come alive, and a cute flower box is the perfect vehicle. Don’t have the space or means to install flower boxes along your porch railings or below the windows? Not a problem. Gaines likes free-standing flower boxes just as much.
Next: This tip will make your porch stand out in the best way possible.
2. Don’t be afraid of contrast
In this featured fixer upper, Gaines and company took a home without much curb appeal and gave it a complete update. The outside of the house used to be all one tone, giving it a drab, unwelcoming vibe. Gaines updated the landscaping, gave the home a fresh coat of paint, and added a bit of contrast to completely liven things up.
“We installed new windows and black shutters which help define the house with contrast,” she wrote of the home’s makeover on Instagram.
Next: It’s important to designate a space on your porch for this.
3. Every front porch needs a sitting area
There’s nothing like relaxing on your front porch after a long day with a glass of wine in hand or admiring your neighborhood with some coffee on the porch in the mornings. Take a tip from Gaines, and make a point to designate an area for sitting on your front porch.
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4. Keep the lawn simple
You’ll notice in a lot of the fixer uppers Gaines tackles, she doesn’t create very busy front yards — if anything, she simplifies. Sprucing up the porch with fun details is one thing. But a simple, green lawn can do a lot for a home.
Next: Frame your front porch with this technique.
5. Columns and banisters add a touch of class
Columns and banisters are a great way to frame your porch. Gaines uses them to help front porches look like a finished product. Additionally, “a rich, rustic wood banister elevates the entire porch while newly constructed columns lend an elegance and prominence to the porch that was missing before,” according to PopSugar.
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6. Update your brick by painting it
One of the first things the Gaines team does when updating an old brick home is usually painting it (typically to white). It gives the home an updated, clean look, and the clients are never disappointed. This home in particular looks so good with an updated white brick and exposed natural wood accents.
Next: These are on Chip and Joanna Gaines’ front porch.
7. Rocking chairs
Rocking chairs may seem like a front porch cliché, but they’re popular for good reason. There’s something very therapeutic about rocking on your front porch, taking in the neighborhood, and relaxing on a piece of property you own. Plus, if Joanna Gaines has rocking chairs on her front porch, it can’t be a bad move.
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