I am so ready for warm weather and even though its chilly and raining outside that doesn’t mean I can’t plan my outdoor space for the summer. This year I am all about creating a relaxing porch and patio that I can sink into and never leave!
If you didn’t catch it I have a great guest post on Cheap Patio Ideas of the DIY variety. This post, however, is a little different because we aren’t DIY’ing anything, we are just talking about the ways you can create a beautiful relaxing porch or patio (or deck).
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1. Add Some Mood Lighting
If you want a relaxing space that you can use even into the evening then you should add some lights. Not just any old lights but some cool lights that will create a soft ambiance so you can see things but not bright enough where you need sunglasses.
This room here by Kelley Nan is one of my favorites! She hung the coolest lights and it adds a nice glow.
Source: Kelley Nan
2. Create Some Privacy
It doesn’t matter if you live in the country or in a condo adding some curtains around your porch or patio is a great way to soften the space and make it feel cozy and secluded.
I just love what Catherine from DIY Without Fear did here with these outdoor curtains.
Source: DIY Without Fear
3. Add a Comfy Place to Sit
Well, this one seems like a captain obvious moment but seriously, you need a comfy place to sit. I used to have a set of table and chairs on my patio and it was so uncomfortable to sit in and relax. So for Mother’s Day one year I asked for a love seat and chair set. We have used the patio furniture more than we ever use the dining table.
If you live in the South then you know about porch swings. Porch swings, in my opinion, are the best thing EVER! Especially ones that are bed sized. You can stroll on out and take a nap and be a cozy as can be.
Source: Amy Storm
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Some soothing tunes are the perfect addition to a porch or patio. Make sure you have a portable speaker that is waterproof, just in case you accidentally leave it outside.
Here are a few of my favorites.
Plants are a great way to dress up your porch and patio. Depending on whether you have a lot of sun or shade determines the plants you should choose. My friend Melissa at Create and Find has some really great posts on this.
Source: Maison de Pax
Rachel is one of my favorite bloggers. I am working through her photography course which is amazing, I am a total beginner! She has a beautiful home and her outdoors are just as stunning.
6. What’s Underfoot
Having a great patio or deck means being able to go out barefoot if you want to. My husband will never be barefoot but I love to go barefoot on my deck.
In our first house, my kids used to get splinters all the time on the deck so having something covering the deck boards where you have your furniture is a great idea to save those little toes.
Outdoor rugs are amazing and so easy to clean. They also dry really fast.
7. Add Some Heat!
On those chilly nights, you will want to stay out a little while longer so you need a little heat to keep you warm. Fire pits and fireplaces are the perfect addition to keep you warm on cold nights. And it also offers the opportunity to make smores and that my friends is never a bad thing!
Source: Prodigal Pieces
You totally need to check out the tutorial on this fire pit. It’s a great tutorial and the end result is just fabulous!
These are a couple of my favorite photos from the Parade of Homes last Summer. I love the fireplaces and the double sided is just a great way to entertain and have everyone enjoy the heat from the fire. I also love these planters!
8. Add Some Personality
This is like the decor you have in your family room. And really that’s what we are creating here, an outdoor family room.
So add some decor to the exterior wall to your home.
Candles make a great addition and have a double feature, they can repel mosquitos too!
Trays holding a pitcher of iced tea, or an adult beverage, and some glasses are also nice.
Exterior decor can come in all shapes and sizes. Some people like statues, light balls. Visit the outdoor section of your local home improvement store to get more ideas. We have a local nursery that has a home decor section with tons of these types of things. It’s called Oakland Home, check your local area for stores that are similar.
These are just some ideas of what you can use to decorate your porch or patio. If you like something click on it and Amazon should show you some similar items.
I hope that you have found some inspiration to create a relaxing porch, remember the outside can be an extension of the indoors. It’s all in how you decorate it!