The home is where the heart is, an old adage says. Aside from the front yard, you would probably like spending the weekend afternoon lounging on a wicket chair in your front porch. Even thinking about it relaxes you, doesn’t it? If you have a choice, how would you like your porch to look like? Well, ideally, you would like those elegant and beautifully designed by landscapers that appear on home magazines. However, you just might not have the budget, for now. Well, you can improve on your present porch without denting your savings. Here are some tips on improving your porch’s personality:
Add the element of water. There is something about water that makes an area of the house serene and relaxing. Look out for an inexpensive small fountain that you can on the corner table. Get one that has a circulating pump so you can hear the water trickling on the stones.
Add some shade. Of course you would want to sit in the cool shade of trees but most veranda styles are covered with a roof. You can extend the shade however by using an old tent canvass that cannot be used anymore because of holes or damaged zipper. Pattern it into a square with holes at each corner. Get some rope and slip ropes into the holes. Look for sturdy poles where you can tie the ropes to extend your veranda shade. This is an ideal place for children to play while you are sitting on the patio. On the other hand, if you have some budget for a pergola, you can add it to extend the patio.
Add some color. Do you love how convenient the whitewashed walls of the country homes are? They are convenient that you don’t have to worry about color combinations that would complement the walls. Add some throw pillows on the veranda couch or flower pots. Ask a specialist in landscaping in west london on the ideal flower plant that will thrive well in the shade.
Add a rug. Adding a rug on the floor will also liven up your porch. It will add to the porch’s personality as well as increase the relaxing mood of the veranda.
Soften with lights. Lights that are installed at the right corners will soften the patio’s overall appearance, making it an ideal place to hold late night coffee with friends and loved ones. However, if you don’t have the money for additional lights, the overhead light can be softened by enclosing it in a wicker light shade.
Add some wind chimes. You don’t like the song your son is playing? Add some music by hanging some wind chimes at the veranda. In combination with your water fountain, flowers, a soft rug to plant your feet on and a good book while sitting in that comfortable lounge chair, the wind chimes will bring that peaceful sound of country relaxation.
You don’t have to live in the country to achieve some country style relaxation. A few additions in your porch will not only add to its personality but will also make it a haven for you and your loved ones.