Porch Decorating Ideas: Creating a Fabulous Space

My husband and I love to spend time on our porch. It’s our spot to relax and get caught up on each other’s day. There’s something about the cool evening breezes that help to rejuvenate us. Not to mention the calming influence of our porch swing. With the weather being so beautiful lately, I was inspired to share some porch decorating ideas with you.

Porch Decorating Ideas

For us, the porch is one of the most important rooms in the house. We do most of our entertaining there. Living in Florida, many of my clients feel the same way. When looking for porch decorating ideas, approach it just as you would an interior room. Think about how the space will be used and who will be using it. Some questions to ask yourself:

  • What type of seating do you need?
  • Do you need a dining table?
  • What type of lighting do you need?
  • Do you need to create more privacy via curtains or blinds?

Also consider the architectural style of your home and incorporate elements when decorating your porch. The colors you choose should coordinate with the exterior colors of the home. If the porch and indoor living areas open up to one another, consider your home’s interior color scheme as well.

Porch Decorating Ideas: Wooden rocking chairs are perfect for visiting with the neighbors on the front porch.

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Porch Decorating Ideas: Bright colors and flea market finds welcome visitors to a cheerful front porch.

Porch Decorating Ideas: Bright, sunny yellow welcomes visitors to a front porch.

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The front porch is the most traditional type of porch. It’s a spot where you can relax and stay in touch with your neighbors. Make it inviting by including comfortable seating such as  wooden rockers or wicker chairs. Cheerful colors will also help to welcome visitors.

Porch Decorating Ideas: Consider your homes architectural style and incorporate those elements into the design of your covered porch.

Porch Decorating Ideas: White finishes are accented with pops of color on a covered porch.

Porch Decorating Ideas: Decorate a covered porch with the same attention to detail as you would any indoor room.

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A covered back porch is an extension of the indoor living space. Decorate it with the same attention to detail as you would any indoor room. You can find lots of beautiful accessories, lighting, fabrics and rugs that are made especially for the outdoors. Fans are a great option for outdoor spaces.

Porch Decorating Ideas: Classic details turn a screened porch into a warm weather living room.

Porch Decorating Ideas: Contemporary styling in grays and greens brighten a screened porch.

Porch Decorating Ideas: A high ceiling and exposed beams give a screened porch a dramatic flair.

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Screened porches are excellent for keeping out bugs and other pests. They’re necessary in Florida, because we have all kinds of lizards and insects that like to join party.

I hope you’ve been inspired by these porch decorating ideas.  Before you start decorating your porch, think about how you envision using it. Borrow ideas from other rooms and see what you can do to incorporate them in your design. Most of all, have fun with it!

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    You had me at porch :). Beautiful designs but I especially like the colors in the second one. Then again, I kinda like the fireplace in the fourth, the architecture in the fifth, the ceiling in the last one…

    Can I have them all?

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      Peggy Pardo says

      Yes you may, Doreen! You always leave the best comments! Can’t wait ’til we get together in August! 😀

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    Melanie says

    Never get enough of looking at porches ready for summer! Enjoyed these pics very much!!!

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      Peggy Pardo says

      Thanks, Melanie! You know how we both feel about porches. 😉 Glad you like the pics. 🙂

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    Wow! Those porchess are beautiful.
    As much as I love to do it, the temperature in Norway is not suitable in sitting on the porch. It is always cold:)
    Anyway, thanks for liking my page:)

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      Peggy Pardo says

      Thank you, Joy! I’ll have to do a post on four-season porches for my readers in cold climates like yours. 🙂

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    Susan Wilcox says

    Hi Peggy,

    What I’ve been working on the last, almost 3 weeks, will never look as beautiful as the porches you have in your pictures but I HAVE gotten so many ideas and inspiration from these pictures of charming porches that I had to stop and say Thank you!

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      Peggy Pardo says

      That is so sweet, Susan. So happy you’re finding the inspiration you need. Don’t underestimate yourself when it comes to your porch. I’m sure it’s going to be fabulous. If you love it, that’s all that matters! 🙂