How to Decorate a Small Porch

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Not only is a porch the first thing guests see when they come up to the house, but you can also use the space for an outdoor retreat when you add privacy screening and comfortable seating. Even if you have a small porch, there are plenty of things you can add to make it look inviting. A well-decorated porch not only improves the exterior of the home but adds curb appeal.

Things You'll Need

  • Wreath
  • Hook
  • Flowers
  • Flag
  • Floor mat
  • Bench
  • Bistro set
  • Privacy screen
  • Water fountain
  • Hang a wreath from a hook on the door leading to the porch to complement the exterior colors of the home. You may also look for wreaths that correlate with a specific season, such as lavender for spring or sunflowers for autumn.

  • Incorporate your interests in your porch decor to give it personality. For example, if you spent a memorable vacation at a tropical destination, bring it into the space by adding wicker seats, a colorful floor mat and a small potted palm tree.

  • Add color by placing small planters with colorful flowers along the edge of the porch, or add hanging flower baskets from the porch ceiling. Hang a colorful flag from a porch post or exterior siding and finish off the space with a vibrant-colored mat that's not only functional, but helps tie the rest of the decor together.

  • Place a small bench or two bistro chairs and table on the porch to provide an outdoor entertainment area without taking up too much room.

  • Create a relaxing, private retreat by placing a privacy screen made of natural materials, like bamboo, or a sun shade around the porch walls or railings. Set up a comfortable chair and add your favorite potted plants or flowers to bring color into the space. If there is a nearby electrical outlet, plug in a soothing water fountain to add decoration to the porch as well as provide a calming ambiance.

  • Blend your interior decorating style with the porch decor to create a cohesive style. While you don't have to have the exact same style for both spaces, taking color accents from inside and using those same colors for an outdoor floor mat or seat cushions tie the spaces together. For example, if you like a shabby chic look inside, a weathered bench or antique chair will also bring the look outside.

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