Do you have a porch? Is it simply a place where you keep your umbrellas, muddy boots and dog lead? Is it looking tired, dusty and a bit underused ?
If so, you may want to rethink. Porches are the first thing visitors see when they come to your house, so they give people the first impression of your home.
Why not see if you can brighten up your porch in time for autumn – after all, you need to be ready for all those people knocking at your door to do trick or treat at Halloween! Here are just a few ideas:
Most porches are dull, boring affairs. They’re usually not very big, so there aren’t that many things you can actually do with them. One thing you can do, however, is add a bit of colour. Choose one or two contrasting colours; metallic looks great, or how about a complementary pair of pastels? Paint your porch in your chosen scheme, then add a couple of well-placed accessories (for example, candles, pots or even pictures) which match your colours.
Flowers look great in every room of the house, as well as outside it. You could bring life into even the smallest of spaces with a few beautiful blooms in pretty pots.
Remember, if you’re putting your flower pots on laminate flooring – such as that available at http://www.woodfloorwarehouse.co.uk/laminate-flooring/cheap-laminate-flooring.html – protect the floor where necessary.
Choosing seasonal flowers is a good idea. Or why not save yourself some effort by starting a collection of cacti and other succulents? These look fantastic at any time of year.
Natural is best
Another way to brighten up your porch is by bringing nature in. Take the kids on a hike to the woods or the seaside and you’ll no doubt come back laden with all kinds of natural ‘treasures’.
Acorns and conkers, pine cones and beautiful red fallen leaves will all make fantastic autumnal features, as will shells and pretty pebbles from the beach. According to The British Shell Club, the land between low and high water marks is considered public, so anyone may collect shells from these areas – although don’t overdo it!
Place your finds in glass or ceramic bowls and adapt them with the seasons, and they will provide you with an ever-changing porch decoration.