One of our favorite places to relax and spend the summer days and nights is right on our own front porches. There is something so lovely, old-fashioned, and "American" about kicking back on a front porch with an enjoyable read and an ice-cold beverage with drops on it glistening in the warm summer light.
However, a lot of us completely underutilize and neglect our front porches. We're all guilty of it. When life gets busy, sometimes the only purpose of the front porch is a walkway to get indoors. Reclaim that space and turn your porch into an enticing, irresistible space this summer with these 8 simple, beautiful ideas!
1.) Hang a porch swing. Besides the obvious fact that it's enjoyable to hang out on a porch swing, even just looking at one is a great reminder to slow down and relax!
2.) Rejuvenate. Give new life to your space with a few creative DIY projects. You could repurpose an old stump to set a plant on, whitewash deck boards, and do much, much more. There are tons of simple ideas you can find online that will completely transform your space!
3.) Set up a charming outdoor dining space. Throw together a few things like a bistro table and chairs, hang some string lights, and lanterns - and voilà! Your lovely al fresco dining space is ready for use.
4.) Keep it cool. Don't let the heat keep you indoors! Installing an outdoor ceiling fan or a set of outdoor drapes on your porch ensures you'll be able to enjoy that porch all summer long.
5.) Create a visual impact. Add a pop of color with cut flowers, potted plants, or succulents.
6.) Put together a cozy space for two. Instead of letting it sit unused, fill that awkward corner or extra space with a cozy nook that can be used any time of the day. Whether it's for enjoying your morning coffee, a book and iced tea on a lazy afternoon, or the evening sunset; you'll be glad you put this space to good use!
7.) Add texture with textiles. Make your outdoor space downright cozy with blankets, rugs, and other textiles. Your porch will feel like the ultimate place to spend a little downtime.
8.) Start new traditions that harken back to days gone by. Right after you wake up, head out to the front porch to enjoy your fresh brew and the morning newspaper (or online blog). It may soon become your favorite morning ritual! You'll also make your neighborhood feel warmer, friendlier, and more connected. Who knows, you may even get to know your neighbors, and the next thing you know - they'll be joining you for morning coffee.
If your front porch is in dire need of some updating, now is the perfect time to do so. The friendly staff at Michael's Homes are experts at building and renovating decks, porches, patios and outdoor living spaces. Don't have a front porch to hang your swing from? That's no problem either. Simply contact us today for a free estimate! As always, we'll be happy to discuss your plans and ideas with you, regardless of how big or small those plans are.