How to Decorate Front Porch Columns

Front porch columns provide more than structural support to the porch covering. They can be a focal point of the porch's decor, or can blend into your existing decor. Front porch columns can quickly become covered in chipped paint and look outdated and shabby. A fresh coat of paint and the addition of a few accessories will update your porch columns and give the front of your house a welcoming and inviting look.

Fresh paint will make the columns look crisp and updated.

Step 1

Wipe the columns with a damp cloth and let them air dry. Sand down any chipped paint or rough areas with 220-grit sandpaper and wipe the dust off with a tack cloth.

Step 2

Paint the columns with an exterior paint that includes a primer. Select a color that matches your shutters or trim, or use white for a crisp look. Let the paint air dry. If you do not want to paint, install column wraps which will cover the old columns.

Step 3

Wrap the columns in single strings of holiday lights, or hang a bow on each column. Use white lights or bows in neutral colors so they can be used year-round.

Step 4

Place plant pots with vining plants at the bottom of each column. Place adhesive-backed garden hooks up the backs of the columns, every 6 inches. As the plants grow, train the vines around the columns by looping them through the hooks.

Dawn Gibbs

Based in Richmond, Va., Dawn Gibbs writes about topics such as history, fashion, literature, crafts, alternative medicine and healthy living. Her work has appeared on and several style websites. Gibbs holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from Virginia Commonwealth University.