Your front porch might be a coveted feature around the neighborhood, and it's a great place to pass an afternoon. Porches should create a welcoming and lasting impression, and the rich colors and general coziness of fall lend themselves perfectly to this goal! Our Balsam Hill decorating experts are here give you a few quick guidelines to make your fall front porch decorating simple and stimulating.
- Conceptualize. Start your project by considering your interests and what part of that interest you would like to incorporate into your design. For instance, if you love entertaining guests in your home, set aside a space for extra sitting room. Get ideas from magazines, the Web, your neighbors. Love to amble? Take a walk in a beautiful garden or tour a farm; these places of natural beauty are greatly inspiring. Whether simple or intricate, your concept will reveal part of your personality.
- Visualize. The next basic, yet vital, step is to envisage the whole picture of your design. Always consider the size of your porch when thinking of accessories and furniture. Do not overload your area with unnecessary decorations! Judge for yourself if your design is comforting and alluring. If you feel you have achieved the right look, then go to the next step.
- Actualize. To execute your design properly, first of all, clean and clear your area. Remove everything, from the old rugs to the dusty wreaths, and give the porch a good cleaning. This makes it easier to decorate, to visualize, and to move furniture around.
- Colorize. Your color choices will define your area and give structure to the larger picture of your theme. It is important to distinguish the dominant shades from the backgrounds and supporting colors. Your palette can be composed of your favorite hues, utilize colors that are in harmony with your home design, the colors of the season, or based around the architectural style of your home. For instance, a Victorian home will include deep, rich colors whereas a tropical home will have soothing sandy shades accented with lush greens and blues. A Tuscan look, on the other hand, utilizes earthy shades united with cool shades of blue and green, whereas a cottage will usually have lighter, softer pastel colors.
- Dramatize. Take away the boredom of your naked entrance door by adding a decorative wreath. Wreaths can be big, bold things: 48 inches of sunflowers, or a sturdy circle of berries, figs, and grapevines are striking and are natural representations of the harvest season! The rule is to choose elements which will fit your theme and your personal style.
- Accessorize. Embellishments complete the look of your front porch and set the tone of your entire creation. For instance, if it looks like something is missing in your design, the right style and placement of a simple mat may pull your design together. Traditional fall front porches are finished by a few pumpkins and colorful flowers placed at strategic spots around the porch.
By the way, remember that the choice of accessories is just as imperative as the foregoing elements mentioned. For example, if you love a traditional look, choose planters, furniture, and accents that characterize the style.
- Minimize. Avoid clutter when using decorative elements. Anything in excess will lessen the beauty of your design.
Jessica Phan is a designer for Balsamhill.com a
purveyor of high-end artificial Christmas Trees. Living in the San Francisco Bay Area is perfect for her because she has a wide range of interests, including Art & Design, Fashion, Photography, Painting and Thrift Store Shopping.