Eager to spend more time entertaining outdoors? If so, it might be time to freshen up the porch or patio with a new look. The porch is an easily overlooked space when it comes to decorating, but it shouldn’t be—it’s the first impression your home makes to visitors. If yours is in need of some TLC, check out these simple tips for designing a beautiful porch of your own.
Pick a Colour
Begin your porch decorating process by choosing a colour palette for the porch. One popular palette is to go light and airy with white or natural tones like rattan or wood. An alternative is to use bright pops of colour for a more whimsical and fun look; the latter is perfect for spring and summer when you’ll be spending lots of time outside among the garden blooms. Of course, you can combine both ideas and add colourful accents to an overall neutral look.
Picking the Pieces
When it comes to cushions, pillows or blankets—your porch should make use of all three—stick to using patterns instead of boring, solid colours. This Lili reversible throw is a beautiful example of a patterned blanket that looks great tossed on an outdoor chair. The Ikat summer outdoor collection offers a variety of interesting patterned cushions for the summer months. If you want something really adventurous, try a colourful hammock on your porch!
And speaking of textiles, don’t forget the welcome mat. Do you want something colourful or subdued? One welcome mat that perfectly evokes fun in the outdoors is this bicycle welcome mat. If you’re on the market for something more sophisticated, try this classy slat brown mat instead.
Set Up a Bar
Transform the porch into a versatile entertaining space by adding a portable bar. All you need is an attractive tray placed on a table stocked with glassware and a bottle of bubbly and you’re ready to entertain. This Beverage Dispenser by Maxwell & Williams is perfect for porch parties and evenings with friends.
Add Some Greenery
A porch can never have enough plants. Palms provide an overgrown, lush feel that transforms the porch into a jungle retreat. Smaller potted plants can make for a simpler look; we love these potted pink tulips or this simple pink hydrangea in a square glass vase. Another option is to keep a seasonal wreath on the door. Explore our wide selection of flowers to inspire your porch’s next look.
Have a Touch of Light
Romantic mood lighting is perfect for the porch. Stick to candles or stringed lights that provide a small glow on late evenings outside. Our birch pillar candle looks great when paired with natural furnishings, though you can’t go wrong with a lantern, either.