Porch. Monday , July 09th , 2018 - 06:15:29 AM
We talked with an expert on front porch designs and she offered the following advice for planning your porch living space.
Do you remember when a porch was simply a structure on the outside of your home that was there to protect those coming into your house from the weather? How about the time when it was a simple wood or cement foundation, maybe with a few columns or railings, on which you set a rocking chair and watched the world go by? Well, say bye-bye to that. Porches have reached a new frontier.
Wrap Around/Farmhouse Porch. There is no porch any more grand and welcoming than the wrap around farmhouse porch. This porch is a true American favorite. The expansive space on the porch makes it easy to entertain guests, relax after a long day or just hang out with the children or grandchildren. These porches are normally simple in design and feature standard porch furniture, wicker style furniture, rockers, and simple tables.
But as you probably have noticed, more and more people are creating outdoor rooms that are comfortable like the rooms inside their homes.This porch I saw was no exception - it was beautifully furnished with a wicker sofa and striking red and white pillows. A mirror on the porch is a conversation starter for sure. Just be sure to secure the mirror to your porch so that it does not blow with the wind.
If you happen to have a wrap around porch, your outdoor porch ideas can probably move into the category of a \"multi-room, multi-functional\" space. There can be a living and socializing area, a casual eating nook, a formal dining room, and even an activity center. You can decorate each area with its own theme including a color scheme of complimentary paint, flooring, fabrics, and décor. Or, get a little more playful and bring a unique style to each area to fit the mood you'll be in when utilizing this space.
Ideas can come from anywhere. A simple internet search for porches will turn up more inspiration than you will know what to do with. Other great places to get ideas are the home construction and design sections of your local bookstores and libraries. Magazines can also provide a wealth of material. You might also just go for a drive and see what other people are doing with their porches.
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