Breeze into a spectacular season of summer entertaining with these tips for maximizing your home’s front or back porch.
1. DIY furniture updates.
Find vintage or antique pieces — or even a fabulous yard sale find — and give them a custom look and feel with a fresh coat of paint. Chairs and tables made of wood, wicker or rattan painted in shades of white or blue will look especially great and give your porch an oceanfront or cottage chic aesthetic.
2. Illuminate with a skylight.
A bright skylight on your porch overhang will bring in plenty of natural light while you’re enjoying the outdoors. Your overhang will keep you shielded from the elements, while the skylight works to draw light that can travel through your vertical windows or patio door to brighten your interiors. If you have an enclosed porch or sun room, a Velux programmable skylight is an ideal choice to add more daylight and keep the space cool, as it opens to allow for fresh air and natural ventilation.
3. Go bold.
Afraid to try a certain vivid hue or dynamic print? You can be more adventurous in outdoor spaces, so go on and experiment with bold, bright patterns and colours for your pillows, furniture and accessories. Think eye-catching botanical prints and exciting shades like trendy greenery.
4. Mix and match.
The key to a stylish porch is to avoid combinations that are too matchy-matchy — guests and family members will all feel most comfortable in an atmosphere of relaxed sophistication. Achieve this by mixing up your furnishings, for example with coordinated but not identical chairs for the dining set. A unified colour palette will keep things eclectic, not busy.
Don’t just plunk down a patio set and call it a day — to ensure your porch is an extended part of your home’s living space, decorate it as you would any other room. Bring in texture and colour with pillows, lanterns and an outdoor rug. Consider a large piece of outdoor art and add some potted plants for a fresh and lively finish.