What’s the best thing about the spring and summer months? You might say that the nice and warm temperature. It is true, and this is why you should make the best of it. One of the easiest ways to do this is by having a nice porch that is both comfortable and that invites you to spend the most time possible outdoors. Redoing your porch could become a project that you can do on your own, and you don’t have to think that you’ll spend a lot of money on it.  These Ideas for the Porch will help.

7 Ideas for the Porch

1. Create a Conversation Spot

Contemporary Porch via PatioLivingPlus ad via HomeInteriorsZoneIn order to make the porch ideal for long conversations, you shouldn’t have all the furniture facing outside. You can situate two love seats at an angle or even across from each other. In case you don’t have love seats, you could do the same with just about any kind of seating.

2. A Shaded Nook

During the summertime it isn’t healthy to spend a lot of time in the sun, so you should protect yourself and your family with the help of flowing curtains. These also offer privacy and at the same time they give you the possibility to add some color to the porch. You can find pre-made curtain panels, but you could also make your own using any kind of fabric that you want. Once you are done, hang them with the help of rings with clips.

3. Rugs for a Cozy Feeling

Are rugs made only for the indoors? Wrong. An outdoor rug could add the feel you would like to achieve on the porch: of warmth and coziness. Some rugs have been especially created for the outdoors. These are water and mold resistant.

White Rail Green Plastic Chairs on a Porch with a Dog via Black & Deckers Complete Guide to Porches Ad4. Multifunctional Items Are the Key

Some items offer you the possibility of using them for several duties. As an example, you could buy a box that could serve as an end table, but at the same time it offers storage space for games, books and other items that are a must on the porch.  If you need additional seating, you just have to add a cushion to the top of the box.

5. Colorful Flowers for a Note of Romance

The porch (or patio) wouldn’t be the real deal without some colorful potted flowers. You could arrange them on a baker’s rack or an étagère. It might be a good idea to place them on higher shelves to make sure that they get all the sunlight they need. Also through the pots you could add some color if you choose something a little different.

Overspilling Country Porch and Yard via HomeInteriorsZone.com6. Add an Indoor Touch

The outdoors could become indoors if you add some elements that specifically remind you of it. An outdoor table lamp is all you need to transform the porch into a real living room and this way you will have the possibility to enjoy the outdoors even after the sun goes down.

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7. Painted Details to Make a Difference

Every room needs something that catches the eye. The simplest way to do this on the porch too is to add some color. You could add a custom painting job to a simple chair; it could quickly become the focal point of the porch.


This is a guest post by Linda Albert for HomeInteriorsZone.com. The blog helps its readers give their home a beautiful look through some real useful articles on home interiors. For more information about maintaining a porch or for outdoor living, please see our other posts there. ~jb

All images via HomeInteriorsZone.com.