9 Budget-Friendly Ways to Revive Your Porch

Sunny days and warmer weather signal that summer is right around the corner. What better time to freshen up your front porch? Rest assured that you can create an inviting front veranda without breaking the bank. Start with one favorite item, theme, or color, and work out from there. For example, if you love the idea of a bold front door, paint it in your favorite dramatic color and let that shade guide your choices for lighting, draperies, planters, and accessories. Or, do you have an heirloom piece of furniture or decorative accent that you love, such as a planter, rug, or lantern? Take inspiration from its shape, color, or style, and search out flea market finds or attic treasures that may be polished, painted, or upcycled into frugal, complementary front porch accessories. Complete your scheme with decorative touches like welcome signs, hanging baskets of greenery or ferns, or unusual plants in distinctive planters. Need some examples? Here are 10 inspiring front porches that prove that it’s possible to design a welcoming front veranda on a budget.

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  1. Hang Some Drapes


    Sometimes a few splashes of colorful fabric are all that’s required to make an ordinary front porch extraordinary. While decorative pillows and seat cushions are the first things that come to mind, don't overlook the design appeal of draperies. A simple rod and some drapery panels add immeasurable pattern, texture, and style. 


  2. Apply a Little Paint


    For the cost of a can of exterior paint , you can totally transform your porch. Paint the floor a hue that complements your house's colors, or get creative and paint a striped or checkerboard pattern. And, if the color is as dreamy as the one shown here, don't stop at the floor.


  3. Add a Porch Swing


    A front porch swing  is a classic way to give your porch a fresh new look—and added comfort. While there are many styles to be found at retail, if you are handy and qualified you may be able to DIY one yourself. Either way, be sure you secure it from support beams in the ceiling with the proper hardware.

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  4. Cover the Floor


    Just as it does inside the house, a rug can be a great way to add pattern and color outdoors. Find an indoor/outdoor carpet that suits your style—you'll have no shortage to choose from online—then build a design scheme around it with furnishings, cushions, and accessories. 

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  5. Suspend a Chandelier


    If you're looking to add some romance to your front porch, consider installing a chandelier. Find one for cheap at a garage sale or flea market, and hang it to bring a sense of sophistication to the space. A crystal chandelier will be as charming in the daylight as it will come nightfall.


  6. Install a Ceiling Fan


    A ceiling fan makes your porch more comfortable, keeping the steamy heat of summer at bay. How pleasant it would be to sit on this Southern-style front porch, rocking away the afternoon with a favorite book, a glass of sweet tea, and the gentle breeze from the ceiling fan above.


  7. Refresh Your Furniture


    Want a fresh new look without the expense of new furniture? Spruce up your existing wicker and metal pieces with a fresh coat of spray paint . Add colorful seat cushions or better yet, re-cover your old ones with remnant fabric. Choose bold colors for a quick burst of summer style.


  8. Festoon with Flowers


    One of the quickest routes to a summer-fresh porch is adding containers and hanging baskets brimming with flowering plants. This porch uses a variety of common pots to create an uncommonly lovely setting. If tending to flowering plants seems like too much work, you can always go with ferns, ivy, and other high-texture, low-maintenance greenery.


  9. Bring Comfort Outside


    Thanks to innovations in outdoor fabrics, you don't have to keep comfortable upholstered pieces cooped up indoors. Even if you don't live in a mild climate, there's no reason you can't move your indoor furniture outside for special occasions during the summer. A cheerful, bold-striped slipcover conveys just the right tone of relaxed luxury.


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