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Give Your Porch a Makeover This Winter

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Posted: Sunday, December 1, 2013 10:00 pm | Updated: 1:33 am, Mon Dec 2, 2013.

(Family Features) With frigid weather and gloomy days, adding some charm and pizazz to your front porch can seem like a lost cause in the winter. But there are a few ways to bring a fresh, chic feel to your porch that will last well past the holidays.

The front porch is the first thing house guests and onlookers notice about your home. Though the winter time can bring dreary weather and cloudy skies, you can add plenty of curb appeal with just a few fun tweaks.

Here are some easy ways to make your porch look wonderful this winter:

Pack away holiday items

Once the holidays are over, keep your outdoor spaces looking tidy by storing all Thanksgiving and holiday décor away. Also, be sure to remove any seasonal colors, such as orange for autumn or red and green for the holidays. Opt for décor with bolder winter hues like dark blues, deep reds and classic black.

Put up a sign

Whether it's an old collectable advertisement or painted by hand with a wintery motif, a sign can bring color and charm to the front entry of your home.

Pick pinecone décor

Give your porch a natural feel by placing a wreath of pinecones on your front door. For a snowy look, lightly spray paint the tips of the pinecones with white spray paint.

Add a sled

An old wooden sleigh leaning against your home creates a nostalgic, quaint statement. For a truly old-fashioned vibe, keep the sleigh its natural wooden color. Or, to add a splash of color, paint the sleigh a bright crimson or navy blue.

Hang a flag

Hardware and garden stores typically have an assortment of banners and flags to perk up the porch. Look for designs that can last through the whole season, such as those adorned with birds, berries, branches or pine trees.

Just a few simple additions can make your porch look perfect all throughout the winter months.

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