1) First and foremost - create mood lighting. Add dimmers to outdoor lights. Add candle sconces (with wind screens), wrap railing with rope lighting, anything you can think of to scatter lights, dim soft lighting creates a mood that is soothing.
|A back porch is a great place to put a glider, a rocker, or a swing!|
They remind us of our childhood and favorite days of summer.
|2) Think "mix and match", the furniture can be from different sources! Mix wicker, wood, metal, etc.|
|3) Create several seating areas. Smaller cozy groupings allow easier conversation.|
If only we all had this magnificent view!
|4) Porches and patios that are next to each other give guest a chance to move around and mingle.|
|5) Cheerful colors. outdoor rugs, and outdoor fabrics make it more fun.|
6) Outdoor drapes make the porch usable for longer seasons, even if it's hot or the wind is chilly.
|7) Are your chairs comfy? Add better cushions, pillows, plants to make your porch more welcoming.|
|9) If you don't have a porch, perhaps you can dine under a shade tree? It's amazing what a table cloth and cloth napkins can do to make guests feel welcome.|
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