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 (like this one from Amazon) and some drapery panels (these are also available from Amazon) add immeasurable pattern, texture, and style.
Apply a Little Paint
For the cost of a can of exterior paint (available from The Home Depot),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. Take it a step further and paint the ceiling as well.
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.
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 (like this one from Wayfair)—then build a design scheme around it with furnishings, cushions, and accessories.
Suspend Some Lights
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.
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.
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.
Bring Comfort Outside
Thanks to innovations in outdoor fabrics and materials, furniture for the outdoors is much more comfortable nowadays. Whether you opt to buy new furniture for the porch or you bring the couch outside for special gatherings, make use out of the outdoor space for entertaining.
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