When the weather warms up, it’s time to dust off the porch and spiff it up for fresh-air meals and evenings enjoying a cup of tea – or a glass of wine – in the breeze. Get your outdoor space in shape with these seven inexpensive small porch decorating ideas.
There was a little cottage on New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee that, looking back, made a major design impression on my ten-year-old brain. Although I don’t remember much of the house, the breakfast nook and large screened-in porch are still on my mind today.
The porch was special because of the stunning lake views, of course, but also because there were at least four beds and several rocking chairs there. That room was truly the ultimate in summer relaxation and a luxury we didn’t have at home.
Now, one of the nice perks of our 1960’s garrison colonial is its small screened-in porch. It’s a great little spot to enjoy dinner on a warm night, and our dog Sadie loves to hang out there and bark at passersby.
Although our porch has a lot of potential, there’s not much money left to fix it up after our renovations throughout the house.
But, here’s the good news for me and those of you with petite and sweet outdoor spaces: There are many ways to decorate a small porch on a budget, and with a little time and ingenuity you’ll create an outdoor room your family will love.
7 Simple Small Porch Decorating Ideas to Try
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1. Layer on the rugs
Layered outdoor rugs add extra interest and cover up plain or unattractive floors, plus they are typically less expensive than most indoor rugs.
2. Paint all the things
Whether you spray it or brush it, paint is the perfect way to update your porch on a budget and make it truly reflect your personality. Between the painted door, bright blue floor, and lime green chairs, this colorful small screened-in porch is a cheerful spot to sit and scroll through Instagram. I mean, enjoy a good book. 😉
3. Scale down the furniture
A small porch calls for small furniture, otherwise, it feels cramped and awkward. Two small tables in this petite front porch are a great substitute for a larger coffee tables because they’re easy to move around and visually lightweight.
4. Replace outdated lighting
Does your porch suffer from boob light syndrome? If so, it’s time for an upgrade. String lights aren’t just for college dorms and Christmas trees, so buy a new set with clear bulbs and hang them from the ceiling to cast a pretty glow at night.
5. Bring the indoors out
Before you run out and buy new accessories, first look around the inside of your home. Unused vases, candle holders, pretty bowls, and shells from past vacations are all free ways to accessories your porch.
6. Serve and store smartly
I love this cheap, DIY storage and serving shelf because it looks like a lot of the pretty, gold bar carts that are all over Pinterest right now, but it’s actually a basic steel shelf from Home Depot painted gold! It holds all the necessities in a small footprint.
7. Add vertical greenery
Plants (real or fake!) add inexpensive texture and color to any room, but if your porch lacks floor space, look up! Hang a vertical planter from the ceiling. Don’t have time to DIY? This hanging planter is a cute option.
Decorating a small porch can be easy and cheap.
As soon as the snow’s gone for good, I plan to paint our porch door, add a planter, and find a small settee to create another seating area. The great news is that these small changes will be cheap but have a major impact on the appearance and comfort of our small screened-in porch.
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Do you have a screened-in porch, deck, or other outdoor space that you like to hang out in? When my husband and lived in a tiny apartment right in the heart of Boston, we had a roof deck that was as big as our apartment! I still miss the amazing view of all the skyscrapers.
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