Eight Ways to Style Your Stoop

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Let’s face it, many of us would love to have that fabulous front porch or grand staircase to dress up this time of year with beautiful flowers and potted plants but it isn’t always the case. Styling your stoop can be as simple as changing your front door color and adding some potted plants or as elaborate as changing your lighting fixtures and sprucing up stone work. I’ve received so many requests this week for ways to style a stoop and I am happy to share ways to enhance curb appeal creating a warm welcome for your guests.

PicMonkey Collage Door color- Above, a pale shade of mint is the perfect complement to the medium grey color of the house and crisp white trim. Changing the door color will give instant stoop style.

House number- It should clearly display the number from the curb and add an element of design. The one above relates nicely to the white trim and black finish of the hardware.

Lighting- Changing a fixture can greatly impact the design direction of your entryway. For example if your home is a cape cod style you can choose either a lantern style fixture to complement the architecture or change the look by adding a more modern fixture.

A Fresh Door-mat-  An item that we often overlook is our door mat; displaying an old worn out version.  A simple item like a door-mat can actually make a first impression. I like when the mat spans the length of the door and side lights. I also loveee monograms and use  this one from Frontgate often. Don’t miss this inexpensive way to spruce up your stoop.

Lanterns- I am a bit crazy for lanterns this year using them indoors on coffee tables and loving them on stoops and patios. I found some of my favs this year at Pottery Barn and HomeGoods.

Potted Plants- Adding potted plants is one of the most obvious ways to style a stoop, having the most impact from the curb. You can use identical pots and place them on either side of the door for a symmetrical look or place them on one side with varying heights.

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Pots filled with Hostas will return each Spring, add a pop of color with geraniums and some ivy. Below, Italian style pots add color to the stoop even before the plants bloom. To find your style look through dozens of  ideas and varieties of potted plants that I pinned.

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 Add a chair- Even on a small stoop if you can fit a chair it is not only functional but gives a presence to the stoop similar to a porch feel. Welcoming and decorative.

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Stone Work- One of the most costly but sometimes necessary ways to spruce up your stoop. Keep up with patio grout and replacing missing bricks, this should be part of your homes regular maintenance but will also keep your stoop looking well styled.

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I hope these eight ways to spruce up your stoop inspire you to jump into Spring and get styling. Send us your ideas, we would love to share them. cathy

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  • Connie

    I’m off to buy some plants for my stoop. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cathy.wolfram.1 Cathy Wolfram

    I have pansies out there now and can’t wait to plant for Mothers Day

  • Angela

    Great inspiration, Cathy!! Wish I could have more flowers on my steps but the deer love them also!! Have a grea day!!~~Angela

    • Cathy Wolfram

      Angela I have the same problem, Deer Off is my favorite spray have you tried those?

    • http://www.facebook.com/cathy.wolfram.1 Cathy Wolfram

      Hi Angela, have you tried Deer Off it works for me but I know they can be stubborn. Hope you are enjoying the beautiful weekend :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/zoe.borrowdale Zoe Borrowdale

    You ve inspired me. I ve split my Hostas and put a couple in pots. Bit too cool here for geraniums at the moment but I have great faith that we ll have something resembling a summer this year.

    • http://www.facebook.com/cathy.wolfram.1 Cathy Wolfram

      Zoe I’m so excited, the Hostas create a perfect backdrop I thought :) Thanks for visiting.

  • annie annie

    I really appreciate these posts, what fabulous ideas from a fabulous designer!! Thank you for the inspiration to decorate my front ‘stoop!’

  • http://www.facebook.com/cathy.wolfram.1 Cathy Wolfram

    You are so sweet Annie thank you for the kind words, it was my pleasure and actually go me motivated as well :)