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Small Porch Ideas + Reveal

April 26, 2016

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Not everyone has a sprawling, wrap around porch, am I right?!  I know we sure don't.  Both our front and back porch areas are small.  But small porches can be fabulous!  Today I'm sharing with you some small porch ideas and revealing how we totally transformed our back porch area into an inviting and comfortable lounge area.

Our back “porch” (if you can call it that) is a really narrow deck, and the fact that it is small isn't the only issue we had with it.  The area was also plagued with ugly utility boxes right by the back door.  Talk about an eye sore.

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 Small Porch Ideas

Before you head out shopping for your own small porch, here are my top small porch ideas to bear in mind:

1) Add plants– Greenery is a common element of all beautiful small porch designs.  A simple planter or hanging box is all you need to take your porch decor up a notch.

2) Go vertical– Use vertical space to your advantage.  Hang outdoor lights, a wreath and hanging plants for color and interest.  If you have wall space, you could even consider hanging some artwork.

3) Add seating– Most small porches can accommodate some kind of seating, even if it is a tiny garden stool.  But even the smallest seat makes a space feel more welcoming.

4) Add color and texture– Create tons of visual interest with different colors and textures to create the feeling of a cozy, indoor room.

With those small porch ideas in mind, are you ready for a tour of our new and improved space?  You'll notice that I took all of my own advice :)

We started by addressing those ugly utility boxes with a DIY wood screen solution that looks awesome–you can find that tutorial here.  That alone was a HUGE improvement, but I knew I wanted to add lots of color and texture, so naturally I headed to Pier 1, one of my “go to” stores.  I picked up two Casbah chairs in Mocha and dressed them up with turquoise cushions and tile embroidered pillows.

Have a small porch that you are struggling to decorate? This list of small porch ideas is awesome! Exactly what I needed.

Have a small porch that you are struggling to decorate? This list of small porch ideas is awesome! Exactly what I needed.

We also added these awesome nesting tables.  They don't take up much space, but provide plenty of surface for plates, drinks and snacks :)  Now that our twin girls are a little bit older (they are 5), we can sit on the porch while the girls play in the back yard.

Have a small porch that you are struggling to decorate? This list of small porch ideas is awesome! Exactly what I needed.

Speaking of plates and stuff, the outdoor dinnerware at Pier 1 is AH-MAZING.  Those plates are melamine y'all!  What?!  They seriously look like authentic pottery.  And the acrylic stemware absolutely looks like glass.  Now, the chip and dip plate is breakable, but it was too cute to pass up :)

Have a small porch that you are struggling to decorate? This list of small porch ideas is awesome! Exactly what I needed.

To take advantage of the vertical space, we hung a pretty wreath, a hanging plant and some LED industrial string lights.  They look so pretty at night and they are battery operated, so you don't even have to plug them in!

OMG--love this! Such great small porch ideas. Makes me want to decorate my small porch ASAP!

OMG--love this! Such great small porch ideas. Makes me want to decorate my small porch ASAP!

And of course, we added some greenery to our concrete planter.  Creeping Jenny is my absolute favorite :)

 

OMG--love this! Such great small porch ideas. Makes me want to decorate my small porch ASAP!

OMG--love this! Such great small porch ideas. Makes me want to decorate my small porch ASAP!

OMG--love this! Such great small porch ideas. Makes me want to decorate my small porch ASAP!

And let's take a closer look at that gorgeous doormat.  Talk about color, texture and pattern all in one!

OMG--love this! Such great small porch ideas. Makes me want to decorate my small porch ASAP!

Here's a few more shots of how the whole space came together.

http://www.anrdoezrs.net/links/7390031/type/dlg/fragment/q%3Dmat%26start%3D1/http://www.pier1.com/Casabelle-Medallion-Doormat/PS66043,default,pd.html

http://www.anrdoezrs.net/links/7390031/type/dlg/fragment/q%3Dmat%26start%3D1/http://www.pier1.com/Casabelle-Medallion-Doormat/PS66043,default,pd.html

http://www.anrdoezrs.net/links/7390031/type/dlg/fragment/q%3Dmat%26start%3D1/http://www.pier1.com/Casabelle-Medallion-Doormat/PS66043,default,pd.html

http://www.anrdoezrs.net/links/7390031/type/dlg/fragment/q%3Dmat%26start%3D1/http://www.pier1.com/Casabelle-Medallion-Doormat/PS66043,default,pd.html

What do you think?!  I wish I could invite you all over to see it in person!  Want to bring the same look to your own small porch?  Check out the source list below :)

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OMG--love this! Such great small porch ideas. Makes me want to decorate my small porch ASAP!

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OMG--love this! Such great small porch ideas. Makes me want to decorate my small porch ASAP!

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  2. Kimberly says:

    Gorgeous! Turquoise is my color so I am loving this, and bookmarking the link to get the melamine place settings when we move. Such a happy space. Did you DIY the concrete planter?

    • Tasha says:

      No, but you can! This one came from Target. I love turquoise too! Thanks for reading.

  3. M ary says:

    I love the colors you selected! I also like the tips for going vertical with plants and lights to open up the space.

    • Tasha says:

      Thanks Mary! It really does make a big difference in a smaller space. Thanks for reading!

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