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Spring-Ready Porch Plans

April 29th, 2013

This season, clean out your porch and give it a touch of spring. Here are a few easy outside decorating tips that I use myself!

Paint your porch

 

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A fresh coat of paint immediately rejuvenates your porch. When choosing paint colors, pick out pale hues to create a relaxing atmosphere for your home.

You don’t need to paint your entire porch; just focus on one area, such as the floor, ceiling, or porch rails. A newly painted porch adds a burst of color and signals the coming of spring.

Bring out your wooden furniture

 

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Cold winter days are over (woo-hoo!), so dust off your wooden furniture and place it on your porch for a comfortable sitting area. Having furniture on your porch makes for an inviting atmosphere that family and friends can enjoy. Wooden furniture is also easier to clean.

The furniture you use depends on the size of your porch. If your porch is big enough, you may place a side table and a couch or a love seat. For small porches, a couple of stools are perfect. A rocking chair or a porch swing is also a lovely addition to your porch.

Take out your throw pillows

 

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Photo from Wickerfurniture via flickr. CC BY 2.0

 

No spring porch is complete without a couple of throw pillows! Throw pillows create a comfortable ambiance on your porch and make your guests feel welcome to linger outside.

Choose bright-colored throw pillows. Orange, a deep shade of blue, pale yellow, and violet hues are good choices. Pillow covers with patterns also add character to your porch. Having pillows outside refine your sitting area and bring a warm look to your porch.

Don’t forget the flowers

 

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Flowers are an affordable way to create a fresh look for your home. Blooms also make your porch an extension of your front yard or garden.

Clean the exterior of a pot (or several pots) of flowers before placing them on your porch. The ideal place for your flower pots are on the porch steps, at a corner, or near your porch table.

Place rugs

 

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You can also use rugs as accents in lieu of fresh paint. Place your rug on your chosen space before placing your furniture on top of it. This gives your sitting area a definite point of attention.

Make sure that your outdoor rug is at least stain-resistant since the porch gets a lot of foot traffic. The color should complement your theme and the size shouldn’t overwhelm your porch space.

Add lanterns as accents

 

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Lanterns are the perfect accessories to complete your spring porch! Lovely candle lanterns add ambient lighting to your porch. With these super cute and affordable accents, after-dinner coffees out on the porch are more relaxing and subdued.

You can make your own lanterns by putting votive candles inside mason jars, tying a rope around the neck of the jar, and hanging the lanterns above your sitting area.

 

Make your porch spring-ready with these decorating ideas. Do you have any spring decorating tips to share?

About

Jennifer Lutz is a design and decorating enthusiast who has over a decade of experience staging professional home décor photo shoots. Her expertise also includes home design for special events such as holiday gatherings and family celebrations. She collaborates with clients and other design professionals to transform ordinary rooms into stunning spaces.

A mother of four lively children, she has quickly become a shortcut guru, making each holiday (Christmas in particular) a special, memory-filled event while staying within a budget and balancing a very full life. How does she do it? With creative, affordable, quick and easy projects for the holidays and the home.

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