“A swing, a glass of wine, a mountain view, and thee” – Ken and his wife on their lovely porch in Tucson, Arizona, USA. Photo Courtesy: Ken Bosma
Outdoor porches are highly desirable, especially on warm days when you just want to sit outside and relax for a while with friends and family without having to give a thought to any work that needs to be done at home or at the office. But if you do not properly maintain your outdoor porch and if you do not really take the time necessary to improve your little outdoor space and make it really comfortable and inviting, you will not even be motivated to sit outside on it and enjoy it.
If you are ready to take your outdoor porch to a whole new level and improve its appearance and the level of comfort it can provide you, continue reading for some tips that will help you get started on transforming your porch so that you can really get the most out of it.
Comfortable Seating is a Must
Porch – Photo Courtesy: Doug Garner
Rather than put out any old lawn chairs on your outdoor porch, go for really comfortable, plush seats that everyone will love sitting in. Wicker chairs with soft cushions are a great way to dress up the space and make it perfect for spending hours outside enjoying the sun or the stars.
A Small Table for Drinks and Snacks
If you have enough space to fit even just a small table, you can add this to your outdoor porch so that you can easily enjoy some deliciously cold beverages on a hot summer evening, as well as tasty snacks with your family. Between the comfortable seats and this table, no one will ever want to leave and you can spend hours outside talking and passing the time.
Protect the Space and Make It More Private
Whether you choose to add shutters or you get creative with outdoor curtains, you can protect your space and provide extra privacy all at the same time. In this way, you can be out there even when the weather is a little hard to handle, such as when the sun’s rays are beating down harshly or there is a little bit of rain coming down.
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Adding plants and flowers throughout your outdoor porch can beautify it quickly and easily. From bright green baby palm trees to flowers that blossom throughout the summer, potted plants can be strategically placed to create a vibrant, inviting environment that you will never want to escape from.
Add Some Lights at Night
Meghan’s beautiful porch and lights in Mississippi, USA – Photo Courtesy: Meghan
To illuminate your outdoor porch after the sun goes down, make sure you utilize solar-powered lights, recessed lighting, or even lamps. This will ensure that you do not need to sacrifice spending time outside at night just because it is too dark.
Install a Ceiling Fan
If you can manage to do so, installing a ceiling fan over your outdoor porch is a great way to circulate the air so that you can remain comfortable and cool while you are outside.
If you want to transform your plain outdoor porch, it will take a bit of work. Thankfully, there are many affordable ways to make the space more comfortable.
Jenny Wadlow writes blog posts for Gotcha Shutters, a company that supplies customized aluminium shutters. Being a creative thinker, she comes up with several innovative home improvement ideas. You can follow her on Twitter @JennyWadlow.