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.
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.
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.
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!