Painting hardwoods involves a few coats of your favorite color and a sealant to prevent the paint from chipping. Blues and reds look spectacular on porches where your eye is drawn into the space and color becomes the focal point. Neutrals like gray and beige will create a warm and inviting space and will harmonize with most furniture and accessories. If your porch needs a little color but you don’t want to paint, use a colorful outdoor rug. These can be found at your local home improvement store and come in a range of designs and sizes.

Comfortable pillows on your porch furniture can bring in color while creating a cozy space. Wrought-iron furniture blends in with most porch styles and will create durable seating for family and friends. Typically, iron furniture is black or white but can be spray painted. Porch swings are a traditional favorite.

Lights on and around your porch create a cozy and inviting space. String them under a patio table or along the porch rail for a magical feeling. Creeping plants on your porch look beautiful with a string of lights among the green leaves and flowers. Moonflowers, a creeping plant, have a sweet smell and open up at night: a perfect place for hanging a small set of lights.

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