Genius Bedroom Storage Ideas

See how you can pack more storage into your bedroom and closet and maximize organization.

View Video

Browse Backsplashes

Transform your kitchen with one of these stylish backsplash ideas.

View Slideshow

Find Your Dream Backyard

Whether you dream of sunning by a state-of-the-art pool or strolling through a simple cottage garden, there's an outdoor oasis with your name written all over it. Take this quiz to find out where you really belong.

See More

DIY Patio Ideas

Want to boost the beauty and usefulness of your outdoor spaces? Put one of these inspiring DIY patio ideas to work in your landscape.

View Slideshow

Update for $100

When it comes to DIY home projects, inexpensive does not have to equal inconsequential. For less than $100, you can create custom light fixtures, build accent walls, update your floors, or design one-of-a-kind decor. Budget home projects can make a big difference, as proven by this bunch of crafty bloggers.

View Slideshow

Add Exterior Charm

Is your home's exterior looking a little drab? These homes were too, until character-boosting updates completely transformed their dull facades. Take a cue from their makeovers and you too can refresh your exterior.

View Video

Budget Curb Appeal

Be the best home on the block for less. These budget curb appeal updates will show you how.

View Video
Popular in Home Improvement

Back Porch Design Ideas

Your back porch deserves as much attention as your inside living spaces. Try these seven design ideas for back porches to add charm, beauty, and function to your outdoor area.

We've all seen those forlorn back porches, the ones with a few leftover plastic chairs and a mishmash approach to layout and finishes. But porches with a "wow" factor -- those that function well and offer lovely arrangements of fixtures and accents -- are spaces that make homeowners and guests want to relax and stay awhile. Fortunately, creating this sort of space isn't that hard. Here are seven design ideas for back porches.

  • Rely on the color wheel for guidance. Color vexes many people, but it's simpler than it might seem: Use a color wheel as a guiding design idea for a back porch. A monochromatic scheme simply varies the shade of a single color -- white to gray to black, for example. A complementary color scheme blends hues that are directly across from one another (think yellow and purple) while analogous finds harmony with colors that are next to one another -- green and blue. Choose what you like and use it as a design base for your back porch.
  • Define zones. To increase the use of your backyard porch, introduce a simple design idea: zones. You may have one area set up with a dining table and chairs for mealtime, and another with a few seating choices for relaxing. A shift in furniture or the introduction of a rug or other visual item, such as a screen, can be a great way to shift from one zone to another.
  • Include pattern. Pattern offers a great way to introduce visual relief for a back porch. For example, vintage elements are a good option for introducing country-inspired design in a back porch, while a patterned tile floor can supply a complementary color to the overall scheme.
  • Continue interior design choices outside. Key decorative elements not only define a porch's style and character, they also help to tie your back porch to the rest of the home. For example, millwork and design motifs, such as trim, help to continue items from the main structure.
  • Make it comfortable. Rugs underfoot can offer texture; drapes can shield strong sunlight. All those extras -- storage, pillows, throws, lighting, artwork, tables, fans -- that make good design choices inside are good design choices for a back porch.
  • Add a focal point. Most of your inside spaces probably achieve order by using one large element -- a sofa, a bookshelf, a piece of art -- as a focal point. This allows the eye to move around and through a room. The same design idea is true for a back porch: Include one central, organizing element and additional pieces as design support.
  • Mix up seating and materials. Different types of seating -- a pouf, a sofa, a few chairs -- accommodate multiple guests and allow for maximum flexibility. In addition, a mix of materials such as wood, metal, and wicker can offer welcome visual variety in a back porch. The options needn't be expensive -- simple covered seat cushions, for example -- but all materials should be able to withstand the elements.

Loading... Please wait...