They say home is where the heart is, so what does that make the front porch? While you ponder that, we encourage you to get inspired and make your porch or back patio your new favorite living space. Check out these outdoor decorating ideas that epitomize the perfect functional exterior escape, especially in the warmer months. Plus, get our favorite ways to decorate your backyard on the cheap and fresh ideas for landscaping your yard.
Flower Power Porch
Country Living regular Nancy Fishelson, pictured here, has a longstanding affinity for whites and neutrals. But, to offset her upstate New York front porch, the renovation extraordinaire gives guests a warm welcome with vibrant hydrangeas and matching topiaries.
Vintage Furniture Display
There’s no rule against showing off your favorite antique pieces from the safety of the porch rather than inside the house—they are the first things guests will see, after all. Make a worn table your new outdoor serving station.
It doesn’t get much cozier than this Colorado farmhouse, where lanterns, plenty of seating, symmetrical plants, and seasonal wreaths all contribute to an overall homey vibe.
One dinner-party-obsessed California couple translated their love of entertaining onto their vineyard retreat’s patio. A long dining table and string-light-adorned pergola make this the ultimate hosting hotspot.
This homeowner and mother of three wanted to call it quits on city life, and thus moved to the English countryside. With a patio this exquisite—decked out in a rose arch, box balls, and benches—the pastoral shift makes perfect sense.
An old-meets-new Idaho farmhouse boasts one particularly classic design—awnings. Porch covers popped up in the 1800s to give farmers a shady spot to unwind.
Second Floor Galore
Who said anything about porches being confined to the ground level? If you’re constructing your own from scratch, consider the setup of this incredible garage-turned-weekend-home, which boasts a wraparound porch atop two sets of breezy swing doors.
The best way to subtly contrast a white palette? Grey and black undertones, which this Orchard Park, New York patio implemented through seating and stone tiling.
Mossy window and door frames, along with an assortment of florals, give this cozy Washington cabin extra curb appeal in the porch department.
Pot Shed Patio
If your patio backs up to your potting shed (or she shed!), complement the outdoor nook with an assortment of galvanized pots and old French beach chairs. This California-based family also laid Calstone pavers to match the plant storage and amp up the style.
Take a page from Diane Keaton’s book—the star’s Pinterest-worthy residence is an exposed brick-lover’s dream come true. While the outdoor area is rooted in rustic allure, black French shower doors (even on the fire pit, mind you) give this space a refreshingly contemporary nod.
All Reclaimed Everything
This Texas facade, created by two antique dealers, is about as rustic as it gets. The homeowners pulled repurposed materials, like the metal sliding and iron trim, from barn roofs and a Victorian-era farmhouse in Iowa.
Outdoor Urban Nook
City slickers, know that you can still seamlessly meld cozy and metropolitan, no matter how cramped your outdoor space is. These New Yorkers used climbing greenery, terra cotta pots, and matching rockers to turn their terrace into the ultimate cozy outdoor oasis.
Church Pew Porch
The sky’s the limit when it comes to porch seating, as evidenced by this church pew installation. We’re also loving how the statement piece ties into this monochromatic scheme.
Blue and Gray Hues
For longer porches, designate one corner as a spacious seating area. Cool-colored chairs and decor will make the section feel inviting year-round.