8 Ways Improve Your Outdoor Space
Whether your home is blessed with a generous wraparound or a small front porch just big enough for a chair or two, this is important emotional real estate. It's a place to unwind in the fresh air after a long day, an area that allows you to extend a warm evening outdoors with friends and neighbors. Treat your porch as you would the rest of your home, outfitting it with all-weather rugs and furniture, and other decorative touches.
Comfortable furniture covered in weather-resistant fabric makes this wide front porch feel like an extension of the living room. Mirrors on the wall reflect the trees in the yard, while pale blue paint on the ceiling mimics fair-weather sky.
Before installing a hammock, make certain that the wall and the post you want to hang it between are sturdy enough to handle the weight. Consult the hammock manufacturer for specific guidelines and hardware suggestions for your home.
Decorate with Paint
Paint adds color and protects your floor from the elements. For bare wood, use a primer. If it's been painted, lightly sand the surface to improve adhesion, making sure to scrape and spot-prime peeling areas. Apply one to two coats of paint made for high-traffic areas, or choose a deck stain to let the wood's beauty show through.
If you use your porch to entertain or simply to read and relax, creating the proper ambience is a key concern. Be sure to install the right lighting for evening hours, and put up curtains or blinds to help filter the daytime sun.
Select an outdoor rug: Pick one that will stand up to inclement weather and constant foot traffic.
Light it up: Is your porch hard-wired? Then you can choose from a variety of overhead lights, such as Sea Gull Lighting's aged brass Outdoor Pendant lantern. If not, make use of electrical outlets with whimsical string lights. Light candles and hurricane lamps for extra glow at night.
Choices for flooring: Pressure-treated Southern Pine tongue-and-groove flooring offers a traditional choice for porch floors. Composites, such as TenduraPlank Weathered Wood Gray, offer easy-care maintenance. Made of recycled wood fiber and polypropylene, it doesn't need painting.