If you want your front porch to be a cozy and inviting space to welcome your guests, use these 5 secrets – even when it’s cold outside!
After an unseasonably warm start to fall, if’s finally starting to feel more like Christmas here in central North Carolina! Even though the chilly weather adds a festive vibe to the air, I don’t want guests arriving at my home to have to wait until they come inside to feel like they’ve been enveloped in warmth. I want to extend the promise of welcoming coziness as soon guests arrive on my front porch!
I’m teeming up with a small group of my blogging buds today for a Christmas On The Porch bloghop put together my sweet friend Kelly from The Tattered Pew! You’ll want to check out their inspiration too, so be sure to scroll down to the bottom for links to the other four ladies.
My front porch is deep and wide, which is nice, but all that space is difficult to turn into a welcoming spot instead of just a place to put some chairs. So….I kept the idea of creating an inviting, cozy porch, in the back of my mind the entire time that I was decorating it for Christmas. Here are the five tricks that I used to create a cozy, welcoming front porch, even though it’s cold outside!
ARRANGE FURNITURE IN COZY GROUPS
Since my porch is so wide, I created a conversation area on each side with chairs are angled toward one another instead of facing straight out toward the yard. This gives the idea of being able to sit close together to be able to carry on a conversation with someone.
Place small tables and accessories close to larger pieces of furniture. Instant cozy!
LAYER LOTS OF PATTERN, TEXTURE AND TEXTILES
I didn’t just put pillows in the chairs and on the bench. I layered them. Pillows in front of pillows! Who wouldn’t want to nestle down into a soft bed of pillows when it’s chilly outside?!?
A poof, covered with nubby, patterned fabric and topped with a wicker tray is a good example of layering textiles, pattern and texture together.
INCLUDE THROW BLANKETS
If you do happen to actually enjoy a cup of hot cocoa out on the porch, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to snuggle up in a throw for added warmth? Thick, sherpa lined ones are perfect for outdoor warmth and throwing them over the back of a seat makes them easy to grab.
Everyone knows about the wonderful ambiance of candlelight, so make sure to add a lantern or three and actually light those candles! Better yet, use battery operated candles that are on a timer so that they will automatically turn on in the evening for a few hours.
USE GREENERY – AND LOTS OF IT
Greenery, whether real or faux, helps to fill in all those empty, cold looking spaces.
I even put an old Christmas tree out on the front porch to help fill up what would have been an empty, uninviting place. It’s very simply decorated with inexpensive, shatterproof ornaments and ribbon.