For many homeowners, the front porch has become an extension of your living space. No longer just an afterthought when it comes to the character, design and style of your home, the front porch is the welcome sign and first impression for visitors.
There are few better places to relax than the front porch, especially when you bring many of the indoor comforts to the outside. With just a few guidelines and a little bit of inspiration, you can make your front porch the perfect place to unwind.
Seating Regardless of your style, seating is all about comfort and creating a sense of unplugging. That could mean a classic porch swing, rocking chairs, Adirondack chairs or even a more modern outdoor daybed. Many offer a high-end look and there are options that swing if you have the room. There are many styles of wicker furniture that are designed for outdoor use.
Flooring Many porches still feature the original base flooring, but that doesn't have to be the case. Tile, pavers and composite deck material are all options, while a dark colored high-gloss enamel will spruce up your original look. Even if you stick with wood, there are plenty of designs using paint or stencils to create a one-of-a-kind unique feel. If some of the flooring ideas aren't an option, go for area rugs to bring an indoor feel and some more color.
Splash Some Color Cool and natural colors are best for creating a serene environment, but don’t be afraid to splash some more color. Paint your front door (try brick red, bright yellow or light blue) and add complimentary colors with large flower pots or flower boxes. Another option to infuse some color, texture and design in the seating cushions and pillows as well as table decorations.
Lighting and Shade Different options for lighting and shade can provide function and style. Protect your porch from the sun with easy-to-install drapes or roll-up shades (or both) made of canvas, cotton or bamboo that also add a touch of elegance and character. Strategic lighting also adds style, whether it’s new sconces on the side of the door, hanging light boxes, a classic stand-up lamp next to furniture or strands of outdoor lighting bulbs that bring an old fashioned feel. Extras Don’t forget about the added (and sometimes small) elements that can make your porch unique. It could be a ceiling fan for hot days, wheeled serving carts to host guests, a built-in barbecue area, antique wall art, a reclaimed coffee table or high-end custom folding doors that bring your porch those custom, unique comforts.