With spring not too far off, it’s time to start thinking about your outdoor spaces. Back porches are one of those outdoor spaces that when they have a finished look, filled up with furniture and decor, it’s a great place to create an extension of your living area. Back porches are great for extra seating, a family dinner, lounging at the end of the day with a glass of wine in hand, or even as a conversation area while enjoying the beautiful weather outside. With the right back porch decor, you can create a place with endless possibilities for your home.
Create an Extension of Your Home
The back porch or patio area is often overlooked. With the right back porch decor and furnishings, start thinking of it as an outdoor living room with enough space to entertain friends, enjoy family nights, or have some peace and quiet. Even if there are some areas a little bit more difficult to decorate, like a narrow porch, with the right design and the right tools, it’s a great way to create a warm and cozy space. Let’s look at some of the best ways to create a beautiful outdoor living space on your porch.
Back Porch Decor Ideas for a Beautiful Outdoor Living Area
When looking to create a beautiful back porch for enjoyment, there are a few things to keep in mind. Are you using this area specifically for entertainment? Are you trying to create a relaxing outdoor space? Will you want to spend every season outside (need to plan for the weather)? What is the overall vibe you are looking for? Whatever your goal for this space may be, there are many ways to make your back porch relaxing and inviting.
Add a Porch Swing
A porch swing is a great focal point for the back porch. Using a porch swing as a couch is a fun way to incorporate seating. You can find local-made daybed like options or you can purchase beautiful ones like this one from Ballard Designs. Adding side chairs, tables, ottomans and maybe even a coffee table can create a conversation seating area that’s cozy and fun. Complete the look by adding throw pillows, blankets, and potted plants. This type of setup creates an additional family room type space to enjoy the outdoors. Just imagine sitting on your porch swing, on a warm weather day, having your morning coffee, enjoying a good book.
Set Up an Outdoor Dining Table Area for Entertainment
Make the most out of your back porch by adding a cozy area for dining. Include a beautiful table, chairs, and a simple yet welcoming tablescape. Utilize cool blues and gray tones while pairing them with warm rattan and gold accents. Install pendant lighting over the table or incorporate string lights throughout the space to bring in some warmth. Adding ceiling fans can also help to create a cool breeze when the weather is especially warm. You can treat this area like an indoor dining space complete with decor to set the mood and to create a comfortable dining spot.
Incorporate Accent Pieces
Include accent pieces like an ottoman, a side table, lanterns, and side chairs. Ottomans are wonderful for holding a serving tray, a good place to kick up your feet and relax, or even to use for extra seating, Side tables can be decorated with lanterns, greenery, and tea lights to create that outdoor oasis vibe. Instead of buying a uniform outdoor furniture set, mix and match side chairs made from different materials to bring that elevated look to your outdoor space. For a more coastal vibe, utilize warm teak tones with lots of bright whites, some muted grays or tan tones. Add a pop of color with some blues sprinkled throughout your back porch area.
Use Textiles to Soften the Look
Utilize textiles to help cozy up your back porch. Layer outdoor pillows onto back porch furniture like your porch swing and side chairs. Use budget-friendly outdoor pillow covers so you can play around with different options. Don’t feel like you need to stick with one color or design, instead, incorporate different textures and colors throughout the year to bring an elevated look to the overall space. Adding weather-friendly outdoor rugs help to define outdoor living spaces. This is especially important to help distinguish different “zones” like eating, lounging and conversation areas.
Bring your Back Porch Decor to Life with Greenery
Dress up your outdoor space with plants and greenery. Get multiple types of greenery/plants and put them into planters of similar colors and textures. Geraniums, coleus, lantana, hydrangeas, and sweet potato vine are wonderful options. Not sure how to create beautiful planters? Here is a step-by-step tutorial on how to create beautiful planters for your porch and patio. Go for low-maintenance plants and greenery that don’t require much water such as succulents or plant faux greenery. That way you can focus more on relaxing outside instead of fussing over plants. Create a private oasis on your back porch by planting small trees or shrubs in containers, or for a coastal touch, use palm trees or tropical foliage. These are just a few of the many options on how to bring your back porch to life by using plants and greenery.
Enjoying Your Back Porch
Turning your back porch into your own little retreat is a wonderful adventure and can be enjoyed in so many ways! Whether you plan on hosting dinners with the family outside, cozying up on the porch swing with a hot cup of coffee, or entertaining guests, a back porch is such a nice place to enjoy the outdoors with the ones you love.
Having beautiful back porch decor can not only give your home more curb appeal but can also help you enjoy an extended living area. If you are starting to plan out your back porch decor, you can use some of the same principles as indoor decor to achieve that gorgeous outdoor living area. Spring will be here before we know it’s a wonderful way to enjoy the great outdoors.