How to Decorate Back Porches


Your back porch isn't as exposed as your front porch, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't look good. It can be a place where you relax in privacy, away from street and pedestrian traffic. Make it an appealing, inviting spot. There's no right or wrong way to decorate a back porch. It all depends on the look you want.

Things You'll Need

  • Paint
  • Polyurethane
  • Cushioned couch and love seat
  • Tables
  • Flea market paintings
  • Bistro lights
  • Paint the floor of your back porch a bright, cheerful color like red or blue. This will dramatically affect the atmosphere of the space. Coat the paint with a polyurethane finish for exteriors to protect it. While you can select a color that matches your house, because the porch is in the back, you're not as shackled to certain colors and have a little leeway to be bold and adventurous.

  • Add soft, cushion-laden outdoor furniture, such as a couch and love seat or cushioned chairs if there isn't enough room. Blue-and-white striped furniture can complement a blue floor.

  • Add one or more side tables to make the space convenient for snacking and reading.

  • Decorate the wall space with paintings found at a flea market. Fill the wall so the back porch almost looks like a museum or art gallery, or use fewer paintings, depending on your taste and the size of the porch. This will give the back porch color and interest, and because you're using flea market paintings, you don't have to worry about protecting them from the elements.

  • String bistro lights around the top of your back porch. This will allow you to use it at night, and the bistro globes will give the porch instant ambiance. Alternatively, use table lamps, which will allow you to visit with friends or read in the evening.

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