Every homeowner wishes to decorate his/her home and have a welcoming ambiance. But decorating a home doesn't only mean you should confine it to the inside of a house. Many homes have front porches which can sometimes be a bit simple looking. Although there is nothing wrong with a front porch without any furniture cluttering the space. But what if you can use creative ideas to change a simple porch into a space where people can sit, relax, and unwind? I knew I'd grab your attention. Well, let me just say, that even with limited furniture, your front porch has the ability to attract friends and neighbors. Wondering how it's possible? One way to find out is to read the rest of this article on ideas for furniture that can be kept in your porch and see for yourself.
Ideas for Front Porch Furniture
The main thing to remember here is to stick with your own likes and comfort zone. Many times, when people begin to decorate their homes, they tend to go overboard and bring in a style that doesn't speak for who they are. It is your front porch and you will be looking at it every time. So why waste your time, effort, and money over something that you don't even like, but want it because it is "in-style" or "looks cool".
As you read through the article, you will find different images of front porch furniture ideas. Go over each of the concepts, try to visualize how a particular concept will look in your porch, and does it work well with what you had in mind. Once you are absolutely sure about going through with a certain concept and design, then proceed.
What you need to focus on is comfortable furniture that invites people to sit and relax for a long time. Teak and cedar are two woods that make for excellent furniture because they last for years. They can withstand different weather conditions and there is very little to worry about when it comes to termites or other insects. Depending on the space available in your porch, purchase wooden furniture like a rocking chair, coffee table, side table, and individual chairs. Embellish the chairs with cushions, place some magazines and books on the coffee table, and add in a flower vase. Your porch is part of your home, so we have to make it seem homely too. You can match the cushions for the chairs with the cushions in the living room as well. This way, you can continue the theme of decor, and you won't have to worry about coming up with a different color sequence.
If you want to give a classic or even rustic feel to the porch, wicker furniture is the best way to go. As you can see the image provided here, wicker furniture looks sophisticated and elegant, without having to do too much. That's what you need to look for when decorating the porch to not overcrowd the porch with too many items. Use white cushions for the chairs and sofas as it exhibits an elegant tone, and will enhance the feel of your porch. Apart from white cushions, you can even use black, beige, or tan cushions, as per your liking. With the wicker furniture, you can transform your porch into a hangout place where you can have a few drinks with friends or a special someone, sit with your family and talk for hours, or even sit alone when you want time to think. Add a coffee table and a side table, and your porch is ready.
Space for Two
If you're not too keen on taking up all the space in your porch or you don't have a big enough porch for chairs, couch, or even a coffee table, there is something you can do about it. Instead of searching for ways to make space and fitting furniture where it doesn't belong, just go with two comfortable, wooden chairs and you're all set. There's really not much to do here as the only decision to make is the design and size of the chairs. Visit your favorite furniture store and browse through their wide collection of garden and porch furniture. Ideas will come flooding in. But do make sure that your porch floor is in pristine condition as with less furniture, the floor is going to be exposed. You could place an area rug and place the chairs over it. If you can, get a matching tall side table and place a small lamp on it so that the entire look of the porch is complete.
As you can see the image, you already have an idea as to what I mean with adding vibrant colors to your porch. This concept works best for a beach house. All you require is wooden chairs. Just paint them with different colors like red, yellow, green, white, blue, and orange. Line them up in a line in your porch and gaze towards the horizon while sipping on a piña colada. Now the wooden chairs you use, make sure you choose between teak, cedar, oak, or pine wood. You also have to treat the furniture so that it is safe from decay and won't be exposed to the humid weather. To find out how you can take care of outdoor furniture for a beach house, visit your local home and garden center for more help. They will let you know to treat the furniture, clean it, and what includes in their maintenance and care requirements.
When you have a screened porch, the concept of furniture cushions and sofas works really well. The filtered light from the screened porch gives an elegant look to your porch. You can use wicker or wooden furniture as both styles look excellent. Now the reason you want to have sofas in your porch is because the porch will work as an extension to your house. Imagine using this place as your private hangout area where you can unwind, grab a book, and sit there for hours at a time. But on the other hand, the screened porch works as a family place too. Place a coffee table, wooden or glass top, a side stand, and you're set. You can add a wall to wall carpet in this screened porch or just an area rug will work fine. Also, this idea can also be chosen for a big, wide balcony.
Just a Swing
Almost every porch has a swing and if you like the idea of a porch swing, then that's the way to go. The only hard part in this concept is the installation of the swing and taking proper after care. Accurate installation is required as the swing will have to take a certain amount of weight and you don't want the whole thing to snap the second someone sits on it. Now the type of swing for your porch will depend on your liking. There are different types of porch swings available and you'll have to look around a bit before you make the final decision. Choose a swing according to the space available in your porch, and once the swing is in place, do you have enough area around to walk. Be sure not to make a purchase impulsively and be very careful.
A porch of rocking chair! Now don't get ahead of yourself. I am not talking about the rocking chairs that seniors use to sit comfortably. We want the wicker rocking chairs that look refreshing in the porch. Now for the chairs to follow the theme or color of your porch, you can color them. Most porches are painted white. You can do the same with the chairs and paint them either white, beige, off-white, or any other color of your choice. There are different styles of rocking chairs for your porch and they don't even require a lot of space. Depending on the space you have to work with, get that many rocking chairs, place cushions on them, and relax. And whenever it rains, just move the chairs slightly inside and take the cushions in the house.
Four Poster Bed
Alright, I know what you're thinking. A four poster bed for the porch could seem going overboard. But wait and think about it. Just look at the image and tell me that you don't like it. Again a very huge success for beach houses where you have large spaces to work with. A four poster bed can bring class, elegance,and sophistication all in one. Plus, doesn't it seem like an amazing place to relax and hangout with a special someone!! The bedding should be kept very neutral, use either white or off-white color. You don't want to do too much to this concept as it doesn't really require all that much. The bed in itself is perfect. So just purchase the one you love after you have measured the space in the porch and keep it in place.
Crisp and Clear White Furniture
Finally, a clean, clear, and crisp white furniture. As you can see in the image, there's not much going on in terms of furniture, and that works sometimes. And the contrast of black cushions on the white furniture is simply brilliant. A long white coffee table with cute lanterns looks cozy and comfortable. If you have an artistic side, then perhaps you can paint with oil colors. Using different patterns and designs will make your coffee table the focal point in the porch. With an open porch that overlooks the garden or even a beach, the cool white furniture is an amazing addition. This is the kind of porch that invites you in and makes you want to sit there for hours. According to the weather conditions of where you live, pick the right wood or go with wicker furniture, if you want. The cushions need to be of the same color so that the entire balance of contrasting colors works.
The ideas mentioned in this article were supposed to give suggestions and a motivation to think outside the box. You know what works best for your home. All you need to do is keep browsing through different concepts and find the one that is right for your porch.