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10-Minute Ideas for Summer Porch Decor

Renee Valdes
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Difficulty: Beginner


Summer porch decor before and after.

No matter where you live, your porch is where you relax. It’s also a place that can transport you and your guests, whether to a coastal beach or shady retreat by the lake.

Transform your porch using these ideas that take just 10 minutes or less to put together. With a few quick changes, your own tranquil oasis awaits right outside your front door.


Start your porch transformation with a 10-minute facelift.

To create your porch getaway, pick an area for your outdoor living room. Then choose a comfy seat for the porch — it might become your favorite escape — such as these chairs from the Bolingbrook collection by Hampton Bay.

Don’t forget to add a table, so you can rest a book.


Add rug to your porch.

Next, define your space with an outdoor rug. Try a neutral color such as the Amherst rug by Safavieh in dark gray and beige.

Your space wouldn’t be complete without seasonal pillows. Pillows are quick, easy and inexpensive to switch out.

Sarah Fishburne, The Home Depot’s director of trend and design, suggests that you build on to your decor over time, which keeps it looking fresh. It saves money over the long run, too.


Add planters and hanging baskets for pops of color.

Another easy way to transform your space is by refreshing flowers and greenery. Bring in the colors of the season, such as bright red geraniums in containers and pretty red and pink petunias in hanging baskets.

Hang ferns as a natural screen and add smaller plants, such as succulents or orchids. Window boxes underneath windows or hanging off a porch railing complete the look.


When you add lanterns and a doormat, it really says, you're home.

Little things like lanterns and a doormat really help create a calm ambience in your outdoor space.

Use candles or try battery-operated LED candles with built-in timers inside your lanterns. They’ll automatically turn on at dusk.

Try this easy DIY starfish wreath project.

Hanging a wreath is an easy way to switch things up. Try making a simple DIY starfish wreath: Take a wreath form, spray paint it white, and hot glue about 40 starfish onto it. Hang your wreath with sisal twine or a wreath hanger. 

Can you say flip flops and beach fun?


Paint your door 'Emerald Coast' by Behr for a coastal themed porch.

If you’ve got more than 10 minutes, consider refreshing the paint on your front door and shutters with a summer color. Try Behr’s Emerald Coast. It will take you away even if you’re not sitting surfside.

For more inspiration, check out these amazing and creative patio design ideas and makeovers.



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