The weather is finally starting to clear out and spring is here so if you’re living in a region from the Northern hemisphere you’re probably getting very excited right about now. It’s a shame that we’re all stuck indoors at the moment due to the global pandemic but that doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy the beautiful things in life such as feeling the warmth of the sun on our skin or the breezy wind in our hair. What you can do right now is make your own home and the area around it as lovely and as comfortable as possible. If you have a porch, a veranda or a deck you can decorate it, furnish it and make it look amazing. We happen to have a few ideas that we can share with you in that regard. Below you can find some of our favorite rustic veranda ideas. We hope they’ll inspire you.
Let’s start with a more general project, one that involves cleaning up and transforming not just the veranda but also all the related surfaces and elements including the front door and the stairs leading up to it. We found this inspiring transformation on lanternlanedesigns and we think it’s full of great ideas. As you can see, the entire look and atmosphere has changed out here. Everything is brighter, cleaner and more inviting. The front doors, the stairs and the shutters have all been painted and now the contrast is stronger and each element stands out more. Also, the rocking chairs are the perfect furniture pieces for a space like this.
Of course, small changes and additions can contribute to creating a pleasant and beautiful veranda as well. Check out this hanging gutter planter idea from overthebigmoon. You can add something like this to your porch any time you want and crafting it would actually be fairly simple. This planter has three tiers which we think is the perfect number but you can definitely come up with your own unique design and structure if you have a different look in mind. This is also an inexpensive project which is always great to hear.
As mentioned in the beginning, we’re focusing on rustic decors today, which brings us to some ideas that we found on thehoneycombhome. The vintage milk can is a beautiful centerpiece here but you might have a hard time finding something similar for your own porch. No worries, there are lots of other more accessible items that you can also use to create a truly wonderful rustic decor. Consider things such as galvanized buckets, crates, wooden signs and so on and create a nice combination of textures. Add some potted plants, some flowers and a few other seasonal decorations as well.
As you can see, there’s a variety of different items that you can use to make a porch or a veranda look wonderful. Since we’re going for a rustic style it’s things like old metal watering cans, buckets, wooden crates and old doors and shutters that work best as decorations. Anything with a weathered and worn look could potentially fit so look around and be creative. Don’t forget that the little details are just as important so consider adding some plants, a wreath and some pillows or a blanket as well just to have more colors and textures to work with. Check out vibekedesign for more ideas and inspiration.
You can also do something lovely for your small entryway even if there’s no room for furniture and lots of decorations out here. A really nice idea is to add a chalkboard sign framed in wood and to write something beautiful on it, something that you and your guests can see when approaching the house. The idea comes from 4men1lady where the chalkboard is displayed on a brick wall and is complemented by a little rustic bench. It’s a cute combo that you can customize in lots of different ways.
You can also focus on a small area and not necessarily give the entire veranda a makeover. Create a corner where you can group up a bunch of items and you put them all on display, sort of like a focal point full of rustic things like lanterns, planters, vases, buckets, signs and so on. You could also add a comfy chair here so you can sit down and enjoy the view or maybe a porch swing so you can relax and maybe read a book outside, with some pillows and a blanket for added comfort. Be sure to check out unexpectedelegance for a bunch more details and ideas.
There are lots of different ways to customize a porch or a veranda but typically there are a few general points that you can follow. For example, create a focal point so the eye has something to be drawn to. This can be pretty much anything that stands out. Also, use flowers. They also look lovely outside and there are many nice ways to display them whether you want to hang them, place them on a table on directly on the floor. Also, since this is meant to be a rustic decor, use containers as decorations. Wooden crates, watering cans, buckets and other similar things can also potentially become accessories. Head over to thetatteredpew for a more visual description.
Decorate your porch or veranda with seasonal items. For example, a popular choice during fall is to use pumpkins mixed in with a few other items like autumnal flowers and such. In spring you can make use of all the wonderful plants and flowers and all the greenery that is starting to take over the landscape and you can make beautiful wreaths, put them in vases and pots or incorporate them into your design in other ways. In any case, a vibrant and colorful decor would look amazing out here. You can find additional ideas on southerndiscourse.
Another idea and one that’s also practical is to grow herbs on the veranda and to turn them into decorations for this lovely area. You can have them placed in wooden boxes so they have a nice rustic look to them and you can craft the boxes yourself out of planks, leftover wood, pallet boards and whatever else you can find. Consider making boxes in different shapes and sizes so there’s some diversity and they don’t all look the same. We got this idea from a lovely project featured on sarahjoyblog. Check it out for yourself if you’re interested in more details.
If you’re a fan of repurposing and makeovers in general you’ll probably enjoy this idea very much. This right here is a lovely table which you can take out on the porch or on the veranda and it’s made out of an empty cable spool. The transformation is extremely simple and only involves a fresh coat of paint but you could also choose to leave the wood exposed and not anything about it in order to preserve the rustic look. In any case, this could make a nice table and you can decorate it with lanterns, plants and all sorts of other items. Check out the transformation on hannashantverk.
A nice design strategy is to think of the veranda as an extension of the living room and to decorate it accordingly. For example, add some comfortable furniture like an outdoor sofa, some armchairs and an accent table or two. Also, it might be nice to add an area rug as well. It would be a nice pop of color and it would make the area look a lot more welcoming and comfortable. Accent pillows, lamps, some curtains and a few ornaments would complete the look. You can find more ideas and tons of inspiration on thediymommy if you’re interested in this sort of transformation.
You don’t need lots of space on your veranda in order to create an inviting, rustic-looking seating area. If you can’t fit a sofa out there a couple of chairs and a tiny side table would do just fine. This way a couple of people can sit here together and feel comfortable without being surrounded by lots of furniture or items. Add a hanging shelf or two up on a wall so you can store a few things or display a few decorations and squeeze in some potted plants as well. After all, this is an area meant to bring you closer to nature. Feel free to check out thesummeryumbrella for additional details.
Make sure your veranda looks lovely during winter too. Even though you won’t be spending much time out here when it’s cold outside, you can still enjoy it while passing by or when looking out the window. Check out this beautiful rustic Christmas tree featured on thewhimsicalwife. It’s made out of reclaimed pallet wood and it’s one of the many different types of decorations that you can craft for your front porch, deck, patio or other outdoor areas in general. It’s also easy to make which is always great news.
Similarly, you can decorate your veranda for Thanksgiving. A common practice is to make rustic signs like this wooden one featured on lizmarieblog. It looks really nice with that distressed finish on all the letters and all the seasonal ornaments spread all around it, like pumpkins, leaves and such. You can come up with your version of this project or create something different based on a similar idea. Keep things simple and enjoy making the space look inviting.
Wood is a good resource when it comes to rustic designs and decors of all kinds. If you plan on crafting something for your porch or your veranda, consider checking it out this wooden pumpkin decoration that we found on infarrantlycreative. It could look lovely when incorporated into a fall decor along with other wooden decorations and maybe some real pumpkins as well. You can make several of these in different sizes and with slightly different shapes and group them together.