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Today I’m sharing a quick refresh I gave my front porch sponsored by World Market. As you may know, I shop at World Market regularly and my front porch has been mostly ignored for over a year, so you can imagine my excitement when they asked if I wanted to spruce up the space from their outdoor and spring collections! 🙂
I started with a design board that I created using both Photoshop and Olioboard.com. This allowed me to try out several ‘looks’ before finalizing my decision.
Tip: When using digital design tools, to pay attention to the actual dimensions of the product so you create a correctly scaled design.
I also recommend taking a picture of what you currently are working with… it is easier to visualize a design when it is on a flat 2D image.
Here is what my front porch looked like a couple weeks ago… craigslist wicker chairs with cushions from last year, and urns filled with leftovers from Christmas. Keepin it real here, folks! haha
Once I got my design decided, I overlapped it on top of the image of my porch, to see how the colors I chose worked with the brick and shutter color. It also allowed me to see I needed to add some plants on either side to add balance and a pop of spring color.
If you are wanting to refresh your own front porch or patio, here are
My Top 5 Design Tips for Outdoor Spaces
-Use COLOR & PATTERN
Consider your house color, shutter color, door color… you don’t have to match, but at least coordinate. I used a complimentary color palette which always looks good. I started with chairs that I loved and then chose a rug that would look good with them. I repeated the yellow pop of color 3 times: rug, wreath, and flowers. The navy, teal and aqua (which are all in the same color family) came in because I fell in love with the bold pattern of the pillows and ended up picking the throw and table decor to coordinate with it.
-MIX and MATCH
Don’t feel like you have a buy a matching set of outdoor furniture. Let your personality shine through– mix and match pieces! This will give you a collected, authentic look– not cookie cutter. Additionally, mixing furniture styles allows them to stand out more as the contrast of finishes and styles next to each other gives great visual interest.
When adding texture think about the setting– you are outside! So probably don’t need to add a lot of bumpy or rough textures since that already exists in the grass, bushes, trees, ground etc. Instead think about adding in soft, cozy textures with pillows and throws; smooth, shiny textures in a garden stool, dishes and glasses; and something woven in a rug, and/or chair material.
-Create a FOCAL POINT
A lot of times a focal point can be created with something that exists already. It can be as simple as adorning whatever your seating is centered around. I chose to add a bright, spring wreath to the large window that the chairs and table were in front of, and it draws your eyes in, even from the street.
-FAUX AND REAL elements
As much as I love using fresh flowers with decor, springtime (or any time!) weather can be unpredictable. Pairing fresh flowers and plants with faux flowers and wreaths means that even if the weather turns and you have to bring some plants inside, you will still have some pretty flowers to dress up the space. It is also less maintenance while still giving you the look of real flowers and plants.
And here is a little animated image of me putting the space together! This is the perfect spot to eat breakfast in the morning!
Are you ready for some beauty shots? 🙂
The forsythia wreath was the inspiration for my Spring Hanging Basket that I shared last week. I wanted something with similar colors and flowers, but a different shape– that is why I chose the hanging basket from World Market!
I love driving up to my house now and being greeted by this happy little scene! It is so cheerful after a cold and dreary winter!
What a transformation, no?
Pillows (no longer available)
Blanket (no longer available)
To see more Spring Room Refresh Posts with World Market, head here:
Shades of Blue Interiors | Front Porch Seating Area
House of Five | Relaxed Indoor Seating Area
Liz Marie Blog | Fresh Kitchen Refresh
Eclectically Vintage | Family Room Refresh
Ella Claire Inspired | Spring Tablescape Refresh