Quick and Easy Tips to Get Your Porch Ready for Summer

Summer is here and it's time to enjoy the outdoors. Nothing makes spending time outside more enjoyable than having a spot dedicated to comfort. With a few quick and inexpensive changes, you can update your porch and have the perfect spot to enjoy the summer. No matter how your porch currently looks, here are a few porch decorating tips to upgrade what is sure to become your favorite room in the house  

Porch Decorating on a Budget

  Upgraded Seating   Just because it's outside doesn't mean it has to be uncomfortable. Add cushions and pillows to make your existing seating arrangements more comfortable without breaking the bank.    A Spot to Set Drinks and Other Items   Regardless of the size of your porch, try to find a spot for a side table or coffee table. It doesn't have to be fancy, but having a spot to set cold drinks and a book makes it easier to spend time outside.   A Good Scrub, or a Fresh Coat of Paint   Before you make any decisions about what you should do to your porch, grab a bucket and scrub brush to give it a good clean. There are other ways to clean as well. If you have access to a power washer, they work great, or even a hose and broom. Regardless of how you choose to clean your porch, you are sure to be pleasantly surprised by the results.   

Items Worth Investing In

  Improve the Air Flow   If you have a covered porch, installing a ceiling fan is a great way to improve airflow. This not only keeps it more comfortable, but also reduces the annoyance of insects. If a ceiling fan is not an option, but you do have an outdoor outlet available, bringing a table fan out while you are enjoying the porch is a great idea. Have a spot dedicated to the fan so it is quick and easy to set up each time.    Treat Yourself to Quality Furnishings   If you have the budget to add a few new pieces, look for items that are both comfortable and practical. Outdoor fabric can withstand a great deal of abuse, but bold colors are still more prone to fading than neutral shades, and only you can decide how much effort you want to put into covering and storing pieces. Something less extravagant is worthwhile if it means you will use it more often.   Put Something Soft Underfoot    You aren't limited to the existing material of your porch. Adding an indoor/outdoor rug not only makes the area feel nice under bare feet, but it’s also an easy way to define the seating area and encourage others to linger.   Porch decorating doesn't have to be expensive. Decorating for summer gets the area ready to enjoy over the coming months. With a little planning, your porch can become the most popular room in your home. Ready to enjoy the outdoors at home? Find your dream home in Jacksonville!

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