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Spring is here and it's time to stop turning our attention inward to warm fireplaces and look outward towards our outdoor areas. You can start by paying attention to your front porch design.
When it comes to designing an appealing front porch, you need to approach the design in the same way you would when you design your family or living room. You want to create a space that will not only be functional, but be a reflection of you and your home's design style.
Here are three categories to focus on when coming up with your front porch design:
Outdoor lighting is key for three reasons. It allows you to enjoy your front porch long after the sun has gone down, helps light up the front of your own home AND it increases curb appeal. Use a combination of outdoor pendants, ceiling lights and coordinating wall lights to light up your front porch.
Energy efficient outdoor LED lighting is growing in popularity and it's easy to transform your existing fixtures into LED lights. Swap your incandescent bulbs for long-lasting LED bulbs and watch your energy bill drop!
Ceiling fans aren't just for the indoors, there are stylish outdoor ceiling fans that are perfect for keeping a breeze flowing in outdoor living areas when the mercury creeps higher and there is no natural breeze.
Create your perfect front porch sitting area with beautiful and functional outdoor furniture. Outdoor furniture ranges from traditional to modern silhouettes, so you are sure to find pieces that match your personal design style.
Mirror your indoor seating arrangement on the front porch by combining sofas, accent chairs, coffee tables, and side tables.
Accessories are like the icing on the cake in any design. Incorporate a range of outdoor accessories into your design to give it a polished look.
Outdoor decorative pillows are the perfect way to bring color and pattern into your design. Then add an outdoor area rug to visually pull together your seating group bring in a fun garden stool or two to act as additional seating or tables.
Pick elements from each of these three categories to design a front porch so appealing that you don't ever want to go inside.