Owning a house with a porch always poses a unique problem. Porches are that perfect blend between the indoor and outdoor, and that often means that you will need to find a way to decorate it that suits both ambiances. That fine balance between the homey and outdoorsy can be hard to attain, even if you're a seasoned designer.
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The right decor can make or break your porch, especially when it comes to your walls. People who feel a little low on inspiration might want to check out the cool ideas we've found online for porch wall decor -and learn why they work. Please, keep reading and have a look!
1. A Floral Finish
There's something particularly elegant about having Mother Nature lend a hand to your decorations. If you don't have a roof on your porch, then you might want to check out the types of plants that grow in your area. Climbing plants like roses, morning glory, and ivy can add a natural touch to any porch.
This particular designer found a way to corral the flowers through careful pruning and shaping. People who have a green thumb might be able to get similar results.
2. Literary Appeal
Admittedly, this can be hard to pull off in most areas, but there is something incredibly charming about having a nice set of books to read sitting on your porch. This is primarily an interior-based porch decor idea. If you live in an area that is open and prone to rain, we suggest putting them in a protective bookcase with a plastic cover over the opening.
Either way, this is a nice way to add a little bookish charm to your porch. Besides, the books add a splash of color to the front of your home.
3. Baskets Of Fun
If you don't feel like having an entire climbing plant all over your wall, don't worry. There's a way to tone down that look and still get that natural, floral look to your porch. One of the easiest ways to do it is to get a cast-iron basket hanger to attach to your porch wall and add the floral arrangement of your choice there.
It's easy enough to find a cast-iron basket hanger that works with your home. We strongly suggest using this wall decor if you have a brick house. It adds a Colonial vibe to your place.
4. Show Me A Sign
It's no secret that adding some beautiful signage can be a great way to welcome people to your home. On your porch, signage that involves a nice welcoming vibe is a good way to make sure that you get as cozy a feel as possible. Here, we see some gorgeous signs that involve hand-painted messages on wood.
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to hang up a sign on a porch or a patio. So, why wait on this cozy trend?
5. Candlelit Nights
Is there anything quite as romantic as a candle? Candles have been a part of house exteriors since the days of yore, which is why lantern lights have always been a welcome part of any front porch. Nowadays, the focus is on electric lighting, but what about lighting that has an old school veneer with new school safety measures?
A candle lantern installed right outside your windows will add a little bit of old-world British charm to your home's front. What could be better than that?
6. A Fountain Of Ideas
In many parts of upscale counties around the US, a new trend involving wall art incorporates fountains into the mix. Fountains are very Feng Shui, since the flow of water is seen as a way to breathe life into the energy around your home. Along with adding a nice, peaceful trickling sound in the background, it also looks super upscale.
Here, we see a wall fountain that's been elegantly added to the side of a patio. Chic doesn't even start to begin it!
7. Trim It Up
Sometimes, you don't need to have some tchotchkes hung up on your wall to add a stylish flair to your home's front. At times, all you really need is a bucket of paint. One of the easiest ways to decorate a porch wall is to add a trim that frames the windows and gives your home's porch a little separation.
Adding a paint trim to your porch can help offer up some dimension, particularly if you have different shades.
8. Woodn't You Know It
Wooden wall decor is a classic addition to any porch, especially if you're a fan of rustic decoration. Like stars, simple wooden structures are easy to hang and can be used for almost every season. These pieces also make your home look like it's fit for a cowboy. By sticking to neutral decorations, it's easy to make your cutouts last year-round. Smart move, right?
If you want to get a little patriotic, consider getting a wooden flag instead. They're fairly popular these days. Of course, you can also DIY it by distressing wood paneling with specially-colored stains.
9. Frame It With Paint
Paint is so versatile, and yet, we often underestimate the many ways it can be used. If you're open to splurging on a couple of different shades, you can use it to create a decorative mural surrounding your windows and doors. Unlike a regular trim paint job, this take on painting around windows involves framing it with decorating accents. In this case, it's flowers.
Stencils can help make this look complete, but you don't have to use them if you don't want to. It's all about your artistic caliber.
10. A Boho Ornament
Bohemian porches are hard to pull off, but trust us, they exist. You don't need to work too hard to get that eclectic artist vibe. While many artsy types tend to prefer adding tapestries to their patio walls, this can often be a little heavy-handed. After all, much like many types of curtains, they can be a little too much for most layouts.
Here, we see a nice hint of artsiness through the use of a macrame dreamcatcher. It's a simple and easy way to get the kind of look you've been jonesing for.
11. Light Up My Nights
It's no secret that string lights are popular these days. They're one of the easiest ways to improve the ambiance of any room! Hanging up fairy lights in front of your windows can help add a whimsical, fairytale flair to your home's exterior as well. If you have a plug outside, adding string lights is an easy way to frame your windows or just add some fun lighting to your porch.
If you want to add a little privacy to your porch, some string lights can also be used as a way to develop a makeshift barrier.
12. Wrought Iron Grilling
When most people think of iron, they tend to think of cast iron cookware or just maybe some wrought iron fencing. Most people don't realize that there are some seriously amazing ways you can use iron to create a classic British home exterior. More specifically, decorative iron grates hung up on the wall are both security-enhancing, at times, and elegant.
It's old world. It's hefty. It looks phenomenal!
13. All Hands On Deck
Fans of nautical themes often struggle with wall decor for porches, but that doesn't have to be the case. When hung up along the walls of the patio, these silvery plates give the look of portholes on a ship. Paired with the blue rug underneath, you get an oceanic vibe that's difficult to deny. We couldn't find any better if we tried.
14. Shutter Bugs
In most situations, seeing shutters torn off windows and made to lean against a wall indicates problems at home. Here, designers took a pair of window shutters and turned them into a display of wall art. If you want to get a good set of wall art but can't quite nail something to your wall due to the materials it's made of (or due to a landlord's rage), this is a good way to do it.
The key here is to add symmetry using the shutters and clarify that the shutters are there to be decorative. Otherwise, you might get a writeup from the HOA.
15. Chalk It Up As A Win
Chalkboards aren't just for schools, you know. These days, they are increasingly popular as home decor, not to mention awesome announcement boards for commercial zones. If you are the type of person who enjoys lounging around on the porch, taking your time to sketch what you see in the neighborhood, then this is a good way to add an artsy accent to your porch.
Along with being a quirky way to add character, having a chalkboard outside your porch is a good way to leave delivery instructions (or party instructions) for people who are knocking on your door. So, it's a pretty neat way for you to add more functionality to your life, too.
Hopefully, you've got some inspiration to run wild with and add some decorative decor to your porch walls. Bring your style outdoors whether you seek a rugged, modern, or Colonial look -there are wall items to turn any porch into a cozy haven.