A beautifully decorated porch is an extension of what your guests can expect when they step into your home. Whether it is situated in the front or back of the house, the way you choose to spruce your porch up will add value and pleasure to you and your visitors. Here are some ideas for adding appeal to your outdoor space.
The most inviting trait for your porch to have is available seating. Nothing says “stay awhile” quite like a comfortable cushion you can sink yourself into. There are multiple options available depending on what you use your porch for the most. If you use the space to occasionally eat “al fresco” on a mild evening, you may want to start with an outdoor dining table and chairs. Be sure that it is made of a material that can withstand the elements and is also easy to clean, as the breeze can bring in leaves and pollen residue on windy days. If your porch is more of a relaxation area, then there are multiple configurations you can utilize to give yourself and guests a comfortable feeling.
If the porch ceiling is strong enough, consider a hanging cushioned porch swing. They’re timeless and they put whoever sits upon them into a serene state. Rocking Chairs can also have the same effect. Make sure to have a decorative outdoor pillow to support the sitter’s back. Investing in an outdoor couch and loveseat, decorated with beautiful cushions and pillows will morph your porch into an outside living room. You can add decorative stools for people to put their feet up as well. It would be impossible for you and your guests not to relax! If you are seeking a less formal piece, a simple cushioned bench can also do the trick.
Furniture & Accessories
Once you’ve got somewhere to sit, it’s time to add all the extras. Your seating arrangement can be enhanced by an outdoor rug. Plain or patterned, it can help protect the surface of your porch from heavy traffic. Keeping a tray and serving set handy for coffee and tea can make your guests feel appreciated while placing a coffee table or side tables nearby will give them a place to put their drinks while socializing.
If you are able to do so, installing a ceiling fan can help keep you cool on those hot summer days, while incorporating an outdoor sound system can add some welcoming background noise while entertaining. During bright days, a roll down sunshade can keep the glare out of your eyes while outdoor lighting through lanterns, string lights or wall sconces will keep things going in the evening. Finally, a touch of nature indoors can really warm up space. Try using topiaries, hanging flower baskets or potted plants.
Your porch is your outdoor getaway. Make it as enjoyable and inviting as you can. Happy decorating!