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What Are the Best Tips for Decorating a Small Porch?

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The best tips for decorating a small porch will vary significantly depending on several factors, including the specific size of the porch, the ways in which the homeowner or renter intends to use the porch, and the season. Sometimes decorating a small porch with seasonal items is the best way to make visitors feel welcome; around Halloween, for example, pumpkins can adorn the front steps, and other items such as scarecrows or even corn stalks can enhance the beauty of the space. During Christmas, a few lights and wreaths, and even a small Christmas tree can liven up the space.

Of course, the small porch can be inviting year-round without necessarily changing the decor. Depending on the size of the space, it may be possible to put a small bench or even a swing on the small porch, making it a pleasant place to sit and enjoy the weather. Choosing a bench should be done carefully, however, as it will likely be exposed to the elements throughout the year. A wooden bench is a good choice, but it is best to choose hardwoods over softwoods, or to choose softwoods that have been painted or otherwise protected from moisture damage and bug infestation.

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A great way to decorate a small porch involves using various types of planters with flowers inside, but it is a good idea to avoid cluttering the space. While guests may enjoy the scents and sights of flowers, no one wants to walk through a jungle to get to the front door. Having too many flowers may also agitate the allergies of some visitors. Plan the space carefully to accent the attractiveness of the small porch without overwhelming the space with too much clutter.

Space on a small porch will be limited, so sometimes it is best to leave the space empty. Instead of populating it with decorative objects, it is a god idea to paint the space attractive colors that fit with the decor of the rest of the house. Sometimes a refurbishing of the wood is all that's necessary: stripping old paint, applying weatherproofing chemicals, and re-painting the railings, floors, and even the walls can go a long way toward improving the look and feel of the porch. Make sure the colors match the overall color scheme of the house, but don't be afraid to accent these colors with other, unique schemes either.

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