Porch Panache–Create an outdoor oasis that will tempt you to stay outside until the first frost

by Jen Ruple
PUBLICATION DATE: April 21, 2020

It’s time to take it outside folks, the furniture that is! When planning an outdoor space think of it as an extension of your home – a room where you’d want to cozy up in the morning with a cup of coffee and a magazine or to kick back in the evening with a friend and a margarita. Here are some ideas to consider when styling your space.

Start with comfortable furniture
Choose pieces that invite relaxation and have sturdy outdoor cushions that will hold up against spring rains and summer rays.

Anchor the seating arrangement with a rug
An outdoor rug will add warmth underfoot and will serve as a visual center for your open-air room. The combination of black and white is a perennial favorite.

Accessorize with color
Brightly hued throw pillows provide contrast against neutral cushions and furniture. Toss a lightweight, fun-patterned blanket over the arm of a chair for snuggling when the sun goes down.

Include side tables
Just like with indoor furniture arrangements, guests need a spot to rest their drinks, snacks or reading materials.

Add lighting
String lights above seating areas to provide ambiance. Lanterns with battery operated candles are a good choice for outdoors and won’t blow out if there’s a breeze.

Pile on the plants
Plants bring outdoor rooms to life and warm up cold corners. In a small space, use risers or plant stands to create a lush layered look.
Happy porch season!

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