Porch Decorating Ideas
by Giorgina Devereaux
Porch decorating ideas offer you the opportunity to transform your porch into a welcoming and versatile outdoor living space for friends and family to enjoy year round. A beautifully decorated porch is an invitation to relax and is essentially outdoor living at its best. Not only that, but a decorated porch adds curb appeal and a whole new dimension to your home. A decorated porch becomes an extension of your home and almost begs for you to slow down and take the time to read the paper, sip some ice tea, or have a gathering with those near and dear.
Just imagine being able to enjoy fresh air, dining, and entertainment in a comfortable and relaxed setting surrounded by the beauty and scents of nature. It is a wonderful way to unwind at the end of a long day and this is why when decorating a porch, the emphasis should be on comfort. By having comfortable furnishings and the perfect combination of art, lighting, rugs, and accessories, you will have a fabulously decorated space for all to enjoy.
In addition to focusing on comfort, it’s important to have a theme in mind. Some decorate their porches often according to the season while others prefer to have a set theme. It all depends on what your budget is and how elaborate you want to decorate. With a little creativity, you can still decorate a lovely outdoor space on a budget by stenciling planters or making your own curtains, for instance.
Some porch decorating themes to consider consist of the following:
Porch decorating ideas consist of the following:
• Overhead Fans
Accessories are always an essential part of decor. With the right combination of accessories, such as outdoor lanterns, sculptures, mirrors, picture frames, throw pillows, you can create an artful ambience.
Art is very important because it dresses up the exterior walls and creates a magical atmosphere. Some art to consider are wall grilles, wall plaques, giclees, sculptures, a faux wall fountain, to name a few.
Furniture to consider includes wicker, teak, and cast aluminum materials. You can purchase the pieces as a set or individually, along with colorful cushions. Ensure that the furniture you opt for can sustain heat and humidity.
Furniture pieces include:
• Cocktail Table
• End Table
• Lounge Chair
• Porch Swing
To maximize space and create an atmosphere that encourages casual conversation, it’s important to properly arrange the furniture. For instance, instead of positioning a settee or two chairs facing out, consider placing the settee and two chairs at an angle or across from each other.
For privacy and to protect against the elements, consider incorporating window treatments. Some window treatments include roll up shades, such as bamboo or canvas. These are easy to install. You may also hang curtain panels using drapery rods. Simply, install the rods at the top of the porch overhang.
A rug is a simple way to transform a room and helps unify the furniture, accessories, and art. A good choice is a rug that is resistant to mildew, sunlight, stains, and heavy foot traffic. Durable materials include acrylic, olefin/polypropylene, nylon, and natural fibers consisting of bamboo and sisal. Sisal is more durable than any rug made of natural fiber. It will not run and adds an interesting texture to your decor.
Plants are an excellent way to add vibrance and beauty to your porch. To enhance the greenery, place them in colorful planters. Also, arrange plants with varying heights together to add interest.
Lighting is an important element in decorating your porch because it helps create the perfect ambience. Subtle lighting is perfect for a soothing atmosphere while brighter lighting is ideal for task lighting after the sun has gone down. Lighting includes table lamps, floor lamps, and candles.
To keep cool during the summer, overhead fans provide instant relief at the flip of a switch. There are many different designs to choose from as well as finishes.
By introducing color, pattern, and texture to your porch through the use of the furniture, accessories, and art, you will have a relaxing porch that you can enjoy for a long time.
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