Think about garden and porch decorations just as you would if you were designing a room in your home. We always hear of interior decorating, so now think about exterior decorating. A well decorated porch can have sitting areas, and center pieces. Because you're outdoors, garden and porch decorations let you become creative in really fun ways.
The garden decor you select will give your outdoor area style and character, so go with what appeals to you. Are you formal and elegant, or informal and casual? Whatever approach you take, keep in mind that too many garden and porch decorations will give you a crowded look. Plants and flowers can play a big a role in your decor as structures and furnishings, let them compliment each other.
Visualize Key Furnishings
First, envision your porch, deck or garden area. Plan out a few different layouts for the main, larger decor items that will need to fit within your space. These may be chairs, benches, tables, and grilling or cooking stations. If you work at home, you can even design an outdoor work area for your laptop and office work.
There are some great designs in outdoor patio furniture, guaranteed to fit your personal style. Make sure what you buy is very durable and weatherproof, since your furniture will be exposed to sun, wind and rain. Take your time and shop for the most attractive furniture that meets these standards and you'll save money in the end. Weather-proofed wicker, wrought iron, cedar, or teak garden furniture are excellent choices. Functionality is important, but go for comfort and style, too.
Outdoor Lighting Sets the Mood
Once you have your main furniture pieces, add even more atmosphere to your with outdoor lighting. Lighting arrangements can change the entire feel of your outdoor area. You can go for festive, subdued, ornamental, warm, or bright. Outdoor lights are made to endure all the elements, and feature insulated and weather-resistant components. There are quite a few styles you can choose from. The possibilities include freestanding lamps, table lamps, shaded and globe lamps, lanterns, umbrella lights, BBQ lights, string lights, and ground lights. Shop around for what appeals to you, as well as what's practical for your purpose.
Choose Your Accents
There are no rules to garden and porch decorating, and lots of choices. Here are some great accents that will add life and charm to any outdoor area. Garden Benches - have you ever noticed a rustic bench placed just right in a garden? It's a very inviting sight. It doesn't need to be fancy, just a spot to sit down and relax.
Decorative Planters create a pleasing focal point, set out a few planters filled with beautiful flowers in different areas. You can move them around, and replant them with different flowers as the season goes by. These are perfect for any porch. I prefer planters that are with made with high-grade polyethylene. They really hold up well over time and always look great.
Welcome signs and decorative address plaques are another idea to make your area inviting and warm. Have your favorite saying displayed for all to read. The choices with custom signs today is almost endless. They are also available many different types of materials such as, metal, wood, pastic and stone. One of those styles will definitely enhance your space.
Water Fountains add a great deal of atmosphere to any garden setting. The varieties range from grand fountains made of stone or bronze, to modest and charming garden fountain kits. Garden fountains have such a pleasant, tranquil sound that their beautiful effect is immediate and captivating.
Statues and sculptures are usually made of bronze, marble, stone, wood, or resin. Choose from garden gnomes, saints, deer, rabbits and frogs. Garden sculptures can really develop your garden theme, and are great fun to design with. Place them in a corner, or display them openly as a main focal point.
Garden and porch decorations can be as elaborate or quaint as you wish. Just keep in mind it's just like fixing up any other room in your home. If you like what you see, go with it and add your own personal signature to your outdoor living place. The possibilities and choice are never ending.