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8 Tips for Porch Patio and Deck Decorating

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8 outdoor decorating tips to cozy up your porch, patio or deck for the warmer months of the year.

Now that it’s May and the weather in most areas around the country is warming up, I have joined a group of bloggers for today’s post. We are sharing our best tips for creating a relaxing outdoor space on your porch patio or deck.

This year more than ever, making the most of every space including our outdoor spaces, large or small, to the best of our means, has taken on a new significance.

When I was thinking about a tip to share, I knew it had to be about one of my favorite parts of the lake side deck… my wind chimes.

how to hang a wind chime

Add the Element of Sound

from Diane at In My Own Style

When choosing how to decorate your patio, deck or porch for outdoor living in style this year, don’t forget to add the element of sound in the way of wind chimes. Think all sound alike? Think again. Find out where you can listen to audio samples to choose just the right sound and design that will not only add some pretty, but also add a relaxing effect on the energy and mood of your outdoor living space. You can read my post about my wind chimes, HERE.

Porch decorated for the warmer months.

Use Pillows & Throws

from Ann at On Sutton Place

One of my favorite things to do to cozy up our porch & patio is to add soft furnishings…specifically pillows and throw blankets. Our front porch is covered, so I use pillows year round. For our patio, which is not covered, I keep pillows in our family room, and bring them out when needed. Use colors that coordinate with your home, or use the colors of the season. Adding a throw blanket to chairs and sofas during the cooler months of the year makes your outdoor space comfortable and inviting, and adds some extra color too. I’ve been asked many times what I do if my porch pillows get wet…and the answer is that I don’t do anything! I simply wait for them to dry out…which they eventually do. To get more information about the porch decor pictured above, click {HERE.}

Outdoor sectional on deck.

Use One Element to Tie Everything Together

from Lory at Designthusiasm

The single most effective way to turn your patio into a cozy outdoor room is by adding a unifying element that ties everything together. The best way I know to do that is with an outdoor rug. Start with a conversation area comprised of neutral furniture. Use as much seating as comfortably fits in your space, with sofas and chairs facing each other, possibly arranged around a coffee table. Accent your pieces with decorative pillows and other pretty decor. Then add a rug to pull everything together. An outdoor rug helps define the borders of your space, adding a sense of intimacy and warmth. You can use colors that mirror the tones in your pillows and decor or stay neutral to allow the opportunity to easily update your palette each year. If you approach the space as you would an indoor room, you can be sure a rug underfoot will deliver a cozy summer patio. You can read about the evolution of our patio as we refined our space or join me at Designthusiasm for more decorating tips and ideas for living your life with casual elegance.

Grapevine door wreath with black and white ribbon.

Add a Wreath

from Yvonne at StoneGable

Nothing adds summer punch and pizzazz to your porch and front door like a big wreath filled with summer blooms! Talk about WOW factor, my friend! Making a front door wreath is not hard to do with a few easy tips! My very best wreath making tip is to double the base wreaths! Easy, right? Doubling the base wreaths will give your creation a designer look! Doing this one thing will make a huge difference in the way a wreath looks! If using a grapevine wreath like the SUMMER FRONT DOOR WREATH, put two wreaths together with wire or zip ties. What a difference! Even if you are not using a grapevine wreath, add one as the bottom layer! The idea is to give a wreath more visual weight and bring the wreath away from the door a little. In the SUMMER FRONT DOOR WREATH DIY, I am sharing a formula or recipe so you can make a fabulous wreath every time!!!

Black glass topped table and chairs on screened in porch.

Bring the Inside Out

from Rhoda at Southern Hospitality

Outdoor spaces are my favorite, and I’ve found that it’s easy with just a few tips to make an outdoor space comfortable, cozy with the feel of a real room and extension of your indoor spaces. Adding cozy outdoor rugs, cushions and pillows to a space is a definite must for an outdoor space. Plants also add life and texture, as well as artwork, side tables to place a drink, hanging lanterns for cozy ambient lighting. If you add all those elements to your outdoor rooms, they will instantly feel like home.

Teak pergola next to swimming pool.

Add Some Shade

from Janet at Shabbyfufu

Summer is a long season here in the south! We often use our outdoor areas as an extension of the home, and strive to ensure that they are comfortable. Not only do we want to keep ourselves and our guests cool, but it’s essential to shield everyone from the sun and provide protection from the rain. One of the most budget friendly ways to add shade is with a patio umbrella. There are so many color and size options available and currently many are on pre-season sale. If you have a yard or small garden space, consider a pop up cabana or canopy. Another great option is a pergola to create the feel of an outdoor room and fill with seating to enjoy. For more ideas on freshening up your patio for the warm months, click HERE.

Wicker chairs around wood table on covered patio.

Outdoor Lighting

from Sheila at Maison de Cinq

One of the things I love about French farmhouse style is how it really captures that romantic feeling – even when those spaces are outdoors! Last year we revamped our outdoor living space, but since we don’t have electricity out there, and I didn’t want to spend money to add it, I decided to go the European route and add romantic outdoor chandeliers. After all, what’s more romantic than eating by candlelight? It’s amazing how different it looks now, and how much cozier it feels! Come on over to Maison de Cinq to see how much ambiance they add, as well as lots more French farmhouse inspiration!

California style Ranch house with tin flat sided bucket hung on door with peach and white flowers.

Achieve a Collected Look

from Cindy at Rough Luxe Lifestyle

Achieving a collected look on your porch or patio is easy if you mix and match styles, finishes, and textures for interest. Add character and charm by combining the old and the new. Mix in your found treasures for personality and fun. Please come over to Rough Luxe Lifestyle to get the rest of my tips, and to see our porch!

I hope you have been inspired by this collection of tips and use one or two to make the most of your porch, patio or deck.

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  1. I would love to know what everyone does with their outdoor furniture cushions when it rains. Number one, I’m not always home when it decides to rain. Number two, do you drag it all in? I know most of it is supposed to be weather-friendly, but mine turns a moldy looking blackish color. kind of makes me not want to bother! any suggestions?

    1. Hi Julie –

      I wish I had an answer for you, but I struggle with the same problem. About 2 years ago, I was considering one of those big deck cushion storage chests/hamper. I was just about ready to buy one when a good friend told me not to bother. She has one and if the cushions are even a little damp and you place them in the deck box/chest/hamper, they come out smelling moldy. They really stink.

      I have a closet that I keep the cushions in and bring them in at night and when we are not home. It is a pain, but the only way I know.

      For my outdoor dining sets, I have 3. They seating is woven slings. Comfy and no cushions needed. They are the best of both worlds.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this! Great tips! I’m in the process right now. Slowly of getting our porch in shape. This COVID-19 outbreak taught us that we really need to make our home comfortable because, in the end, our home is the only thing that makes us feel HOME!

  3. This was a fun post! I especially liked that ALL the tips were in one post. It wasn’t a blog hop from one to another…I generally don’t follow those “hops” but enjoyed seeing different tips on your blog!

    1. Thanks – It is a little something different… most people like learning tips that will make things function better as well as for decorating. :-)

  4. Great ideas to have patio decor for any living space at your disposal very good images and visual treats which ultimately lead to innovative and aesthetics touch for patio decor. Thanks for sharing such a precious and valuable post.