My back porch needs some serious decorating work. I’ve tried some simple updates in the past like new pillows, hanging plants, and spray painting containers. These helped, but didn’t overcome my frustration with our back porch.
Back Porch Issues
I made a list of issues to see what I could change or perhaps, cover up.
- Aluminum table and chair set in green that I can’t spray paint
- Unfinished side of the house
- Gray carpet on the floor of the back porch
- Few places to hang decorative items or plants
- Limited budget
Focal Point: Table and Chairs
Oh, how I wish I could repaint our furniture set. While I could potentially repaint the table, though chairs would be a huge challenge because of their seat design.
Pillows cost money. Every year, I price them as I consider replacing them, and every year the total cost, about $90, makes me rethink my choice. Unfortunately, we need pillows since a few of the chair seats are not sturdy. And we also have the issue of our cat sitting on the pillows leaving behind hair and dirt. Time to take those pillows to the laundramat for a good washing.
Instead, I plan on taking advantage of the small shelf under our glass table. I can put a few flowering plants underneath for an extra pop of color. On top of the table, I put fairy lights inside 2 Ikea lanterns. In the middle of the table, I will put a few pots of herbs for scent.
Focal Point: Back Porch Floor
While I’m happy that we have the dark gray outdoor carpet on the back porch which my husband installed by himself, it’s gray. Enough said.
I’d like to try this diy floor cloth shared by Design Share. A floor cloth is a cheaper commitment than buying an indoor/outdoor rug which run anywhere from $60 to $200 depending on the size. I also find an indoor/outdoor rug to be a bit bulky and liable to trip people. A floor cloth could bunch up with use, though I’m sure my husband is clever enough to solve that issue.
Focal Point: Back Door
I’ve found setting up plants to left of our back door helps cover up the outside of the house next to the door. This stack of clay pots with plants and a house number painted on the base pot draws the eye upward and creates visual interest.
These canvas curtains would be an interesting way to cover up the unfinished part of our house. They would also help to soften the look of the wrought iron porch railing if I could find a secure way to hang rods from the aluminum roof.
More Decorative Ideas
Lights! – Cafe string lights hung just inside the aluminum roof would add some romance for evening events. Recycle old large pickle and mason jars into simple luminaries. Adding decorative stones adds weight to the jars, and stones don’t get moldy like rice or beans would.
Plants – Plants are an easy way to bring color and scent onto the back porch. I could tuck a few palm trees into unobtrusive corners to add visual height. The wrot-iron railings are perfect for hanging window boxes with trailing foliage.
Black brackets on wall – This is a wonderful way to hang stuff and add layers of decorative items to the ugly wall.
Back Porch Decorating Ideas
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