Back in the days before TV and Air conditioning lured people indoors, People often hung out on front porches, enjoying fresh air and socializing with the neighbors.

In Later decades, when they wanted to relax outside, people tended to do it in the backyard, away from noise and traffic.  But according to the National Association of Home Builders, the front porch is coming back.  On renovation projects, the association says, adding or enclosing a porch is among the most common requests.  In a 2016 survey, the group found that front porches were included in about 65% of new home builds up from about 40 percent 20 years earlier.

So what are some decor options for this small but social spot?

Comfortable seating is an important part of any front porch.   A suggestion would be traditional outdoor bench or classic Adirondack chairs in a fun color.  Placing a rug to anchor the seating area and provide comfort underfoot.  The rug should roughly be 2' wider than your seating arrangement if possible.  

No matter how much space you've got to work with, try to coordinate front-porch decor with your interiors for a cohesive look indoors and out.  For example, if your style is contemporary, Target's neutral-hued Project 62 abstract outdoor rugs, lumbar pillows club chairs and string lights would blend nicely.  Also Target's rustic farmhouse vibe, currentlly popular indoors can be brought to the porch.

Those who live near water might like the crisp coastal vibe of all weather Pollywood material or wicker seating or in creamy white with bue cushions, tied with starfish, stripe or lattice patterned out door rug and navy ceramic planters.  Depending on how big your porch is add a swinging seat.

If you have no electrical outlet handy, you can still illuminate your front-porch seating area with battery-powered or solar lighting.  Outdoor lanterns are essential elements for any outdoor space because they're not only functional but versatile.  They can be used with any style home and transition well from summer to fall, making them a great purchase for year-round decorating.  They come in many finishes from wood ones, a range of metal, ceramic.  Use batter-operated pillar candles for safety and convenience. #backporch, #marina lifestyle