Summer is just around the corner, and most of us are brainstorming summer decor already. There’s something about warm weather that makes you want to get your home tidy, especially your lawn, patio, and porch. Your outdoor areas have sat dormant and dull-looking. But now you want to put them to use again.
Today we’re offering plenty of suggestions – from ideas to themes – to help make your mobile home porch beautiful, inviting, and comfortable.
The basics of decorating your porch
Let’s start with the basics. We’ll go over what every porch needs (regardless of its exact situation) and provide some ideas to create even cozier oasis.
The first step
Before you can decorate, you must have a porch cleaning day. No doubt your porch could at least use a good sweeping. Maybe take it a step further and get a bucket of hot water for wiping down those corners full of cobwebs and dead beetles. And perhaps a good pressure washing is in order or a new coat of paint. Take the time to give your porch proper care after winter – your decor will thank you for it by looking even more stunning on a sparkly-clean porch.
We’re assuming you have room on your porch for at least a bench! And yes, even a bench can be cozy and inviting. That’s where pillows come in. Buy them or make them yourself out of outdoor fabric. Pillows are a huge part of making the seating on your porch inviting. Put as many pillows out on your porch as you would in your living room – and watch as your family members automatically choose the porch rather than the living room.
Now that you know the secret to creating a place where everyone will hang out for hours, it’s back to seating! There are so many seating options for the porch. Sofas, swings, hammocks, wicker chairs, rocking chairs, and more. If you’re thinking of getting an outdoor sofa, consider purchasing one as big as your porch will allow – maybe even a sectional.
Making the porch a place that replaces the living room in the summer isn’t hard. You simply need a few surfaces. No one’s going to sit on the porch if there’s nowhere to set their coffee or their stack of books.
As many little side tables as you can fit…put them out there. A small coffee table and a few poufs or an ottoman invite family and friends to kick up their feet and stay awhile. Add a basket or two of blankets, and make sure books have a safe landing spot.
No porch, no matter how small, can go without light! Make sure either that your outside light is bright enough to light up the whole space on its own or that there are enough lights on the ceiling or walls working together to do the job.
Or, have some fun with a trend that’s hot right now and buy a few strings of fairy lights or bulb lights.
Now we get to the fun part! If you’re going for a minimalist feel, then you may just want to stick with the basics. A minimalist porch is so functional and easy to create. But for those of you who like those extra touches of decor and style, we’re going to explore a few more options. This is where themes come in.
On a farmhouse-inspired porch, you’ll often find farmhouse-y things (obviously). Things like rocking chairs, simple greenery, and a neutral color pallet. Industrial fans and light fixtures are also a must. For textures, think all things natural – alongside plaids, ginghams, and buffalo prints.
Boho porch style starts with boho-style seating, things like hammocks and hanging bubble chairs. Consider buying a brightly colored rug and setting out a lot of plants. Bulb lights will give you instant bohemian vibes. Plus, you can also consider putting up curtains. This not only provides privacy but also offers a dreamy, distinctly boho feel. Or, if you’re not a flowy-curtain person, large rattan blinds work too.
Southwestern style porches often make use of saturated color and organic materials, such as rattan and clay. Southwestern plants and clay pots are your best friends here. Any accents you add should be cohesive, yet bright, colorful, and geometrically-patterned.
All set for summer
We’ve only scratched the surface of your summer porch options. There are so many possibilities out there! Don’t stop here. Explore your favorite porch themes and create a mobile home porch that’s comfortable and relaxing – and most importantly, uniquely suited to your preferences!
But first, check out this article: How To Make Potted Plants Look Beautiful On Your Mobile Home Porch.