Creating an inviting porch can improve both the appearance and the function of your home. During warm weather, a seating area on the porch can increase your living space. A porch may also be one of the first glimpses visitors have of your home.
The University of Virginia has a comprehensive overview of the stylistic evolution of the front porch through America’s history. By exploring the architectural changes and advances in the front porch from Colonial history through current construction, you might get creative design and decorating ideas.
Let your creative side run wild with fun porch furniture ideas to design a comfortable and attractive porch for your home.
Combine various textures, colors, patterns and materials – wood, wicker, metal and even plastic can work together for a winning result.
1.Designed for Comfort
Because a porch naturally exudes a casual style, keep the furnishings and fabrics comfortable and laid-back. Adirondack furniture is a natural choice for outdoor seating areas. But, because you’re furnishing a porch, go ahead and make the seating more comfortable with cushions and pillows. Add coordinated cushions, pillows and throws to chairs and loveseats to make the furniture more comfortable and to embellish the furniture with textures and colors.
Scour flea markets and rummage sales to design a casual porch area with big appeal. Forget about rules and matching – instead choose odds and ends that work together just because of their eclectic flavors. Combine various textures, colors, patterns and materials – wood, wicker, metal and even plastic can work together for a winning result. Don’t forget to add splashes of color throughout to give your porch extra energy.
3.Calm and Cozy
Create a serene atmosphere where you can sit and relax in style. Choose a muted color palette for walls, floors and ceiling. Add wicker or bamboo furniture in natural colors with cushions that won’t contrast or shout for attention. Use plenty of pillows and throws for comfort, adding a soft rug on the floor for even more texture.
Why not use a porch for seasonal dining by creating a spot with comfortable table and chairs? Choose casual furniture that looks at home in a natural setting. Add colorful cushions to the chairs and a bright centerpiece to the table. A low sideboard along one wall can hold necessary dining items such as plates and glasses. Add plenty of plants to the area and your meals will have all the feel of the outdoors without unpleasant guests like flying insects.
A porch swing may not be a new idea, but consider fun innovations on this old standard. Try a comfortable loveseat swing, complete with seat cushions and pillows. A pair of swings might make ideal porch furniture. Add a rug underneath and a coffee table between and your porch can become a pleasant seating area. You might even try a daybed swing that converts from couch seating to a bed to make an enjoyable spot for snoozing away a summer afternoon.
Define your style and the way you want to use your porch and then create exactly the porch you want and need. With a little creativity and effort, you can turn your porch into a pleasant living space that you’ll use often.