The porch is a transitional space between the house and the yard. Although some people, decorate it with flowers, its purpose is not to be a garden. Whether it is screened or not, the porch can be a wonderful relaxation space, even in the colder seasons. If you are intrigued, check out the following home and decor ideas as we will teach you how to turn a plain porch into your own relaxation oasis.
The overall style
Since the porch is practically a part of the house, its style must match the overall style of the house. As such, if your house has a Victorian or a Colonial facade, you can’t really make a modern porch work. However, while you have to stick with traditional home design ideas, when it comes to decorating the porch, you can at least play with colorful decorations. The decorations that you can use on the porch include colorful pillows, wind chimneys, a coffee table, a rug and even paintings. You can even create a nautical garden decor by opting for blue-colored items, hanging a decorative rudder on the wall, choose blue-striped, canvas-like cushions for a bench or couch outside, add a glass table, and other nautical elements like sea shells and starfish.
The relaxation area
Any porch needs a relaxation area. If you are redecorating on a budget, you might want to check out some DIY home and decor ideas. Believe it or not, you can even make a sofa out of old palettes. These types of projects are great if you have in mind some traditional home design ideas, because combining old elements with different crafting techniques are the essence of traditionalism. You can opt for a plain sofa or a hanging sofa. Regardless of what you decide, the one thing which you cannot compromise is the quality of the mattress. After all, this is supposed to be a relaxation area and who can relax on a bad mattress. Decorate your sofa with countless pillows which have both and aesthetic as well as a functional purpose.
Right now, you are probably remembering the fact that we promised you a sofa that you can enjoy all year round. You might be wondering how is that possible and how much is it going to cost you? Are you going to have to screen your porch or will you have to invest in a sophisticated heating system. Well, you don’t have to worry about none of that nonsense. All you need is a good infrared heater. Such a unit is essential for every self respected home owner. Just imagine how cool it could be if you could read a book on the porch in the middle of winter without freezing. Here are a few tips that you will find useful when shopping for an infrared heater.
- Decide on the area that you want the heater to cover. It would be quite pointless to buy an expensive infrared heater that covers your whole patio if you only plan on spending time on your porch sofa.
- Read several user infrared heater reviews. If you are not familiar with these units, you will not know what to look for when shopping for one and you might even get confused about its technical specifications. Unlike a plain list of specifications, user infrared heater reviews can give you clues about the product’s durability and its possible flaws.
- Look for efficiency and low energy consumption. Certain infrared heaters may conquer you on the spot with their stylish designs. However, keep in mind the fact that the design is the least important element of an infrared heater. There is no point in buying a cute lamp heater that will consume so much energy that you will end up using it as a porch decoration. Whether you purchase a wall mounted heater, a ceiling mounted heater of a pole standing heater, make sure that the unit is designed in order to consume little energy.