6 Creative Ways to Freshen Up Your Front Porch (On a Budget!)

Get that dreamy curb appeal without dropping an entire paycheck.

When it comes to transforming any space, the little things can go a long way. It’s no different for your front porch. There are plenty of ways to liven up your home’s exterior without breaking the bank. Here are seven creative ways to jazz up your front porch so when you come home after a long day of work, you’re excited to walk through that front door. 

Go Gray

Go Gray

A gracious front entrance is flanked by lofted beams and new siding in variations of charcoal gray.

Photo by: Sarah Dorio

Sarah Dorio

1. Paint the Door  

Let's start with the front door: it's typically the first thing the eye is drawn to when looking at a home's front exterior. That's why painting it is an easy and affordable way to instantly add some character. Go for a bold color, or give it a fresh coat of paint. Get tips and tricks on painting a front door here

Home Exterior With Blue Front Door

Home Exterior With Blue Front Door

A front entrance of a home with a blue door, yellow siding, and a flowerpot in daytime.

Photo by: iStock/David Papazian

iStock/David Papazian

2. Add Porch Drapes

I love the instant change a set of outdoor curtains can make to a porch. It's a great way to add visual interest and in this case, a lot of color. If your porch allows for a seating area, curtains can offer privacy and shade for the days when you want to curl up with a good book.

Patio With Red Curtains, Pink Accessories & Outdoor Daybed

Vibrant Outdoor Space With Hanging Daybed and Draperies

Quick and easy updates brought springtime charm to the covered deck of the 2015 HGTV Spring House.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

3. Update Your House Numbers 

Here's a cheap, easy and fun way too add a little spunk to your home's front porch. Freshen up the exterior with new house numbers. Explore all the options and pick or mix-and-match a set of exciting numbers. Don't feel confined to placing them on your wall or mailbox! Hang them on a planter box and add plants for a fresh look. 

Modern Seattle Courtyard with Metal Planter and Concrete Wall

Modern Seattle Courtyard with Metal Planter and Concrete Wall

A metal planter displays the house number just outside this modern courtyard. Drought-resistant plants fill the rustic container, which accents the contemporary concrete wall that separates the patio from the street.

Photo by: Coreen Schmidt Photography

Coreen Schmidt Photography

House Number Ideas

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Moss-Covered House Numbers

Add color and an organic vibe to your house with numbers made from pressure-treated plywood and sheet moss.

Photo By: Rustic White Photography, LLC

Dual-Purpose Planter Box & House Numbers

Add curb appeal by building a brightly colored planter box that also identifies the home's street address.

Wall Planter

A metal planter displays the house number just outside this modern courtyard. Drought-resistant plants fill the rustic container, which accents the contemporary concrete wall that separates the patio from the street.

Photo By: Coreen Schmidt Photography

Put Your House in Lights

Be the brightest house on the block with fresh, fun neon address numbers like the ones featured here, from HGTV Smart Home 2015. Not only do they make a bold, stylish statement but you can rest assured that guests will always find their way to the front door. Win-win.

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Nail Art

Inexpensive and super easy to make, this custom house number plaque adds just the right amount of homemade charm. The metal planter full of flowers adds a simple and sweet welcome.

From: Elizabeth Demos

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Terra-Cotta Tower

Not every home has the perfect, easy-to-see spot to display a house number. But even if you do, this DIY’s unique take house numbers will have you second-guessing a traditional display.

Photo By: Jalynn Baker


Display your house identifier in style with this easy-to-build sign with a built-in planter box.

Photo By: Jacquelyn_McGilvray

Gorgeous Functionality

Take your house numbers to the next level with modern planters that pack major curb appeal.

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Flower-Filled Front Door Basket

Give a front door basket double usefulness by adding house numbers. Make the addition permanent by attaching metal versions with heavy-duty outdoor adhesive, or opt for a temporary fix, like these budget-friendly vinyl stickers. Tip: Make it easier to visually align the numbers by noting the basket's center with a piece of removable painter's tape.

Photo By: Sarah Busby; Styling by H. Camille Smith

DIY Cement Board

Heavy-duty cement board is long-lasting, affordable and you can make them in any font you wish.

Photo By: Emily Fazio

The Magic of Moss

Bring your porch to life with these big, bold and beautiful DIY moss house numbers.

Photo By: Jalynn Baker

Fishing Cottage

Joan from Scavenger Chic made her house numbers using upcycled pallet wood, rope and driftwood. Create a silhouette that matches your home's style and use it to display your number.  

Photo By: Scavenger Chic

Brick by Brick

Have a leftover pile of bricks and no clue what to do with them? Before you clutter the classifieds with yet another “free bricks” advertisement, consider building this adorable cedar and brick planter complete with house numbers.

Photo By: Elizabeth Wiseman

Broken Dishes

Use old dishware and tile to create a mosaic display of your home's identifier.

Oar Inspiring

Krista from the Happy Housie blog upcycled an old boat paddle into a nautical-inspired way to display her house number. 

Photo By: Krista Aasen

Upcycled Wine Bottles

A variety of wine bottles were melted down flat then adored with numbers. Project by Glass With a Past

Photo By: Jodi McRaney Rusho

Concrete Retaining Wall

This house is easily identified by its large numbers that were cleverly embossed into the wall that seperates the lawn from the sidewalk. 

On the Softer Side

These homeowners opted to use a throw pillow to display their number. 

Orange Door and Numbers

Matching the house numbers to the door makes both elements stand out and makes a fun statement. The color orange is associated with vibrant energy, according to award-winning designer Lori Dennis, ASID. 

Stained Glass Transom

The entrance of this historic home is identified by a pretty stained-glass transom window above the glossy black door. Image courtesy of Behr Paints.

4. Flourish With Flora 

Get creative with your plants and flowers. While the flower pot route is a great one, and I highly recommend adding them around the porch, get creative with your flower containers. Use pitchers, wheelbarrows, old cans and sprinkle them throughout the exterior. It is an easy way to bring life and color to the front of your home. Check out fresh and fun DIY planter ideas here

Front Porch Holiday Decor

Clever Vessels

Interior designers arrange objects with a range of heights and widths to keep the overall look balanced. To add height to potted evergreens or planted winter floral, try placing vessels on top of vintage stands, chairs or stools.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

5. Create a Seating Space 

If your front porch has the space for one, consider adding a small seating area outside for entertaining. Patio furniture can get a little pricey, but there are some great steals at estate sales that would be perfect DIY projects. Add benches, chairs, tables and an outdoor rug to cozy up the space. 

Front Porch With White Bench and Rustic Table

Front Porch Sitting Area With White Bench and Rustic Table

A white bench, cozy cushions and rustic industrial coffee table set an inviting home on the front porch of this ranch home remodeled by the Rafterhouse team on HGTV.

From: Rafterhouse

6. Install a Porch Swing 

It's the classic front porch element and you should definitely have one if you have the place for it! This is on the higher end of the budget but it can make a big difference with a few pillows and a cushion, so it's worth considering. Learn how to install a porch swing here

White Porch Swing With Colorful Patterned Pillows

Vibrant Color and Pattern Enliven Classic Porch

Bold patterns and vivid colors bring life and personality to this charming front porch. A white swing is adorned with pillows for ultimate comfort, and yellow ottomans serve multiple functions as foot rests, coffee tables or extra seating.

Photo by: D2 Interieurs

D2 Interieurs

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