Decorating for Summer to
Make Your Front Porch Sizzle!

Decorating for summer is all about moving outside to your front porch to enjoy those great days of sun and fun. Summer decorating should be easy and fun.

Use color, comfortable styling, and easy entertaining ideas to make your porch sizzle in summer!

Do you have a good idea for decorating your porch? Send us your ideas so we can share it with everyone here.

Anita's Fabulous Porch

Lovely outdoor room ideas at Anita's home
Beautiful summer porch
See more of Anita's porch (Whispering Pines Homestead)

Whimsical summer porch decorating
Photo courtesy of audrey eclectic

Tips for Summer Decorating

Clean Your Porch First

Invest a little time and scrub down the porch floor, house walls, steps, railings, and columns. We recommend using something like TSP (Trisodium Phosphate compound) that is formulated for heavy duty cleaning.

TSP will remove heavy deposits of greasy grime and dirt; it also cleans surfaces for repainting. You can get it at your hardware store. Always read the instructions and test it first. example of outdoor door mats
  • Note any maintenance work that needs to be done like peeling paint, rotted floor boards, railings, or columns. Check the base of your columns for dry rot.
  • Clean the light fixtures, front door, and perhaps change out any worn-looking door mats.
  • Check any furniture you have on the porch to make sure it is in good repair and mildew free.
  • Check your front door's hardware. Either replace it or use cleaners to give it a fresh new look. Mary and I have noticed that it's easy to get used to how something looks until we change it out. Then we wonder why we took so long to do that.
  • Another often overlooked item that needs attention is your doorbell. When was the last time you replaced it? It's a very easy DIY job and only takes a few moments to replace.
  • Wash the windows on your porch. In this video, I share a sure-fire method with you that comes from a professional window washer. (My good friend Mary shared it with me.) I think you'll be amazed at the sparkling and streak-free windows you will have. It's easy and works every time.

You'll need a bucket of clean warm water, 2 tablespoons of Dawn™ dish washing liquid, a squeegee, a soft lint-free towel. (I forgot to say lint-free on the video.) A soft scrubber is optional. Watch our video to see how easy it is.

Watch Our Video for Our Tips on Window Washing

Add Fresh Paint and Summer Colors

A fresh coat of paint can go a long way to make your porch more enjoyable and create wonderful curb appeal. Decorating for summer also means changing colors to something that complements or contrasts with your home.

photo of a color wheel Use our architectural color guide to find just the right colors for your porch.

Look at Chanda's Front Porch

Speaking of summer color: Whether you select bright colors and strong patterns, or cool blues, greens, and purples, or earth tones to bridge the outdoors with the indoors, color has the most visual impact on your porch.

The following pictures are courtesy of Chanda, author at Front Porches and Sweet Tea.

Colorful summer country porch
Chanda infuses bold color in the quilts and cushions on her cozy country porch

Colorful summer country porch - another view
A mason jar of bright flowers adds happy color!

A very colorful corner of Chanda's porch

See how the addition of the red rug and colorful pots adds to this corner of the porch

Update Your Porch Floors

Decorating for summer also means you can get very creative with painting your porch floor. Although solid colors (paint or stain) are the norm investigate using patterns or multiple colors in your floor.

You might also consider new porch flooring. It easier than you might think. Deck tiles (interlocking) can be placed over almost any surface and can give your porch a dramatic look.

The pictures shown here are John and Sherry Petersik's porch. They entered the Better Homes and Garden and Home Depot Porch Makeover Contest.

They painted their porch floor with alternating tan and cream stripes for an awesome look! We love it. See more of John and Sherry's decorating ideas.

Porch floor before painting Porch floor after painting
Before and after pictures of John and Sherry's porch floor

Painted columns

Paint Railings and Columns

These don't have to always be white. Take a look at the porch columns shown here (photo courtesy of buyamac).

White would have worked as well but the green complements the window trim and ties the porch to the home.

The same goes for railings; you can be creative with them as well. Learn more about front porch columns and railings.

Decorating for summer can give you an entirely different perspective of your home; stand back and see what color combinations work best on your porch. Don't be shy about it!

Blue porch ceiling

Paint the Ceiling

Did you know that many porch ceilings are painted haint blue?

There's more than one reason why.

Besides giving the porch a calming effect, there are compelling reasons to explore why porch ceilings are painted blue. Do you agree that a blue porch ceiling looks terrific?

(Photo to right is courtesy of jay-9).

A patriotically decorated porch with a blue porch ceiling
Do you know why porch ceilings are painted blue?

Brightly painted door

Paint Your Front Door

Want your porch to stand out? We all notice a brightly colored front door. It can make a small porch stand out and give great curb appeal to any size porch. This can be your most dramatic decorating for summer project.

painted chairs

Paint Your Porch Furniture

Give your porch furniture a new look by adding a fresh coat of paint when decorating for summer. You can paint wicker, metal, or wood furniture easily and give it a dramatic look like these reconditioned lawn chairs! (Photo is courtesy of jipsi.)

painting the chair red

See how I transformed our ho-hum chairs with a can of red spray paint.

Other Summer Decorating Ideas

Add Flowers

Beautiful porch flowers Flowers and porches go together when decorating for summer. This is another great way to add color and pizzazz to your porch this summer.

Color coordinate your flower's colors with your porch furniture, cushions, or other accent pieces to "pull it all together" when decorating.

For summer fun, don't forget the flower pots. (Photo is courtesy of cptav).

Hanging beautiful baskets on your porch is a great way to create a summer look also.

Consider using all of one color flowering plant or perhaps a combination of three complementary colors to match your porch decor.

Not sure what colors go together?

Use our Color Guide to help select just the right ones when decorating your porch for summer.

patch of bright flowers on Chanda's patio

The cascade of potted flowers and blue checked tablecloth inject loads of charm on Chanda's porch

Update Your Porch Furniture

Summer porch

This porch belongs to our friend, Anna, of Flower Garden Girl (her blog is currently offline) and it is one of our very favorite porches.

Add a glass table, light and airy tablecloths, chandeliers or hanging lights, and candles or vases with freshly cut flowers. Add some wicker chairs - wicker says summer.

Use bright colored cushions when decorating for summer and place the wicker on a great outdoor rug.

Cushion covers can be purchased in a multitude of colors and patterns and are also a relatively easy DIY project. Add a whimsical pattern or mix and match for an eclectic look. Now sit back and relax on a summer evening!


Decorating for Summer: Add Fans and Curtains

an outdoor ceiling fan on porch Ah, capture those summer breezes or create them with an outdoor ceiling fan. You'll wonder why it took you so long to get one.

our porch fan against blue porch ceiling
The porch fan on our new porch
We have two of them and appreciate the heavenly breezes they make.

Want even more summer comfort? Try adding porch curtains to your porch and reap the benefits of not only adding curb appeal but cooling temps as well. Live in a really hot area? Consider a misting system that will lower the temperature considerably.

blue porch curtains on front porch
Want more porch curtain ideas?

Use Porch Accents

blue porch curtains on front porch
Chanda has the knack of creating a charming porch.

Dine On Your Porch and Relax

bistro table and chairs on porch Now that your porch is all spruced up, what better time to dine on your porch. Create a dining area complete with an outdoor rug, chandelier or how about a hanging light over a bistro table.

Add wine, cheese or a great glass of lemonade and enjoy.

Ahh, put your feet up and enjoy what you have accomplished.

Photo is courtesy of Michelle of Big Black Dog.

Decorating for summer can give your porch and home a whole new look. We would really enjoy seeing your ideas for decorating your porch.

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