Need front porch ideas? Covered porches are a great space to decorate. Nothing says “cottage” more than a cozy comfortable and inviting porch. Cottage and country porches are timeless in their appeal.
It doesn’t matter if you have a front porch, back porch, or screened in porch, these semi-outdoor places can be an extension of your living space this year with just a few changes and updates.
Allow your creativity to flow! When looking at front porch ideas, remember they should reflect your personality and your lifestyle, so make sure to incorporate those personal touches that make the space uniquely yours.
Perhaps you want to make big changes or simply need to make some small ones to make your porch inviting and comfortable. Here are some thoughts on how to make your porch decorating plan work for you. Feel free to embellish a bit!
Consider painting your porch floor, especially if it’s looking worn and scuffed. Porch walls can be painted too; opt for light, bright colors if you have a smaller porch. Larger porches can handle somewhat darker color schemes. There are great canvas and all-weather throw rugs and larger floor rugs that can easily bring texture and color to your porch.
The furniture you choose truly depends on whether you have a screened in porch, covered porch, or an open porch.
- If possible, choose all-weather wicker furniture, or wood furniture constructed from materials that stand up to the elements.
- Make sure you outfit all of your chairs, chaises, swings, or two-seaters with comfortable cushions.
- Use fabrics that bring color, pattern and texture to your outdoor space.
- Side tables, a long farmhouse table, or several bistro-seating areas work well for entertaining and relaxing.
You can really get creative with lighting.
- Porches are sporting everything from chandeliers, ceiling fans with a light kit, pendant lights, sconces, lanterns and even candles.
- Candles are great for those times when soft light is desired (just be sure they’re covered in case of a breeze).
- Mini lights strung around the porch columns or around the banister will add a bit of sparkle to any occasion.
More Front Porch Ideas
Once the basics are in place, now the real porch decorating can begin!
- Planters and hanging plants look great on porches
- Display artwork collections (yes, outside!)
- Fresh flowers in glass vases or vintage pitchers
- Colorful linens
- Wind chimes
- Porch swing
- Long curtains sewn from all-weather fabric will help to keep out the sun and elements
- Include an attractive box for storing cushions when not in use
- Fire wood box
- Gardening tools make a nice display on a porch wall
- Flower boxes filled with beautiful flowers
Smaller porches can be quickly overwhelmed with too much stuff, so choose carefully what you want to include in this space.
Larger porches can handle a bit more, but still keep in mind you want your space to be welcoming and a space in which you and your guests can easily relax. Outdoor spaces should be a place to which we escape from the world, so keep it simple.
Once again, don’t be afraid to think “outside the porch” when it comes to decorating this area of your home.
You might even like to search the attic or basement – you may be surprised at what you find to incorporate into your new porch decorating theme.