Are you lucky enough to have a wraparound porch at your home? Once a popular feature in site-built homes of past decades, the wraparound porch is becoming less common – but no less functional. A covered, wraparound porch provides lots of extra space, seasonal opportunities, and the comfort of an old-fashioned experience entertaining or simply sitting outside watching your neighbors come and go. But all that narrow, long square footage can be difficult to style. Use these tips for making the most of your awesome San Diego-area wraparound porch.
It is All About the Seating
Let’s face it: the best way to enjoy your wraparound porch is simply by sitting there and watching the world pass by. Classic rockers and porch swings are always a welcome addition but do not be afraid to think outside the box when it comes to seating options. A loveseat, cuddler, recliner, or pair of Adirondack chairs would all look right at home, as long as there is enough width in the available space.
Porch Dining? Yes Please!
Although not every wraparound porch can accommodate a full outdoor dining set, there are always options for adding an intimate space to dine al fresco. Even a small, pub-height table with barstools can easily transform your porch into a peaceful place to enjoy your morning cup of joe or an evening cocktail. Look for long, narrow shapes and consider adding seating on only one side of the table so you can look out and enjoy the view.
Practical Yet Decorative
Just like other outdoor spaces around your home, wraparound porch ideas can include both practical and decorative additions. Practical furnishings are those which perform a function; we are talking seating, tables, lighting, and storage. But do not forget about the decorative items that make your wraparound porch uniquely yours. Add an outdoor rug to provide comfort for your barefoot, perhaps some lamps for reading, baskets to corral warm throws, cushy pillows, and potted flowers for color.
Connect the Outdoor Space to the Interior
As we have mentioned in previous articles about outdoor styling, think of your wraparound porch as an extension of your interior space. Use curtains to delineate areas and add privacy. Allow the style of your home to flow through to the outdoors. Potted plants make the space feel homey. An outdoor refrigerator helps keep cold beverages handy. A screen door between the two spaces helps them feel connected and keeps communication flowing.
Take Advantage of the View
No matter what type of outdoor furnishings you choose for your wraparound porch, do be sure to take advantage of the view. After all, that is the best feature of a porch that winds around the exterior dimensions of your home. What better way to relax at night or on weekends than to settle back in a comfy chair on your wraparound porch and enjoy the view?
If you need help styling your wraparound porch, we invite you to give us a call or stop by our showroom in person. Our experienced sales professionals can help you decide on just the right pieces to make it look cozy and inviting.