front porch room refresh

Front Porch

Thank you for joining us in this series on Home Decorating. 
Our hope is that these short blog bursts will enable & inspire you to refresh a room in your home.

This week we'll help you update your front porch into a space you can utilize for relaxing.

For those of you that have a front porch…we’re going to walk you through using just 3 elements to refresh this portion of your home. If done right you can utilize this area as another room in your house (if enclosed and heated & cooled) or for an additional space you can utilize for a certain amount of time each year.

Let’s get started…

Furniture should be your first consideration. You’ve all seen pictures from the past with wicker rockers and someone rocking while knitting.

old front porch

Let’s update that stereotype just a bit.

white rockers on front porch


front porch with updated rockers

Outdoor furniture can be made from recycled plastic, wood, wicker, cement benches and cushioned for comfort too.

front porch furniture

furniture on front porch

patio furniture for front porch room refresh

Recycled plastic front porch furniture:

recycled plastic front porch furn


recycled plastic for front porch furniture


wood front porch furniture

Then there's your traditional wicker front porch furniture...

wicker front porch furniture

light blue front porch furniture

What is your preference? Are you going for a certain look? Will you be using this space a lot?

Choose cushioned furniture for comfort

cushioned front porch furniture

Will it be subject to weather elements? All are considerations when you’re choosing which furniture for your front porch.

Your front porch refresh can be as simple as this with plants and a swing:

simple front porch refresh with swing

The swings work great in small spaces too!

small front porch refresh with swing

The 2nd consideration for your front porch is your lighting. There are so many options to choose from. Just google porch lighting to see. You'll find lamps and lanterns, string lights and unique fixtures for light bulbs. Even chandeliers! Once you’ve decided on the feel or look of your front porch you’ll be ready to pick out your furniture. And once you have the furniture placed where you want it, then you can add lighting. 

lantern lighting for front porch


Keep in mind that lighting typically needs electricity so remember to place your furniture accordingly if you’ll be using this space in the evenings.

 lights for reading at night on front porch

For a more modern touch try recessed lights

recessed lighting for front porch room refresh

A soft look with the hanging lights...

string lights and lamp on front porch refresh

Experiment with lighting interspersed with fans like this:

hanging lights and fans on front porch refresh

You can create your front porch space simply with only lighting and furniture:

simple just lighting and furniture for front porch refresh

And lastly, don't forget your decorations. With only plants and flowers you can choose to hang them from the front porch railing, place on steps, or put together vignettes to create a great area with atmosphere.

adding plants to front porch refresh

 plant vignettes on front porch refresh

This should be your easiest room refresh yet. Go with simple. Just a chair, a light and a plant and you’ll have a great seating area on your front porch. It can be as simple as this...

simplest yet beautiful front porch refresh


simple yet perfect front porch room refresh

simple front porch refresh 

just a chair swing and plant for front porch refresh

It’s up to you!

Or…start simple and keep adding to it as you shop and as you find your items.

And as always, a great upgrade is a chandelier!

front porch refresh with a chandelier 

What did you put on your porch that we didn’t mention? Please share below.

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