This post has been sponsored by Wayfair, but all opinions are my own.
Long time, no talk! Life has been extremely busy between running a business and getting to the end of the school year, but we’ve been working hard at making our backyard a fun, relaxing spot to enjoy this summer! With a little help from Wayfair, we’ve given our back porch a nice little facelift for the warmer days. A few simple pieces have really transformed our porch and deck, and we’ve been enjoying spending time outside in the afternoons and evenings! Below, I️’ll share some of my personal favorite back porch ideas for summer.
Set the mood with fun lighting.
When we bought our home, there was an old yellowed ceiling fan on the porch, and it really made the space look dated. After we replaced the ceiling fan and added string lighting, this room really came to life and I️ love the warm glow coming from this space every night.
Add a rug for a pop of color.
Our porch has wood laminate flooring in a very warm shade, but the room just felt very cold with the bare floors showing. Adding this super cute striped rug really warmed up the room and made it feel more inviting. I️ love wood floors, but I️ think adding an area rug breaks up the space and makes it feel more homey – if you visit my house, you’ll notice we have area rugs in most of our rooms with hardwood floors for that reason!
One way to give your back porch and yard a makeover is to add flowers and greenery. To be honest, neither my husband or I️ are great gardeners, but one thing we do decently well is keep fresh herbs alive. We added this planter box to our back porch and planted a few of our favorite herbs – cilantro, basil and oregano. Not only does it add to the space, but it’s very convenient for picking fresh herbs to use when cooking dinner!
A grill is a quintessential summer tool, and with so many types, it’s easy for anyone to learn grilling techniques. My husband prefers to grill using charcoal, which can be a bit more challenging, and we love this Weber grill. The copper color is so fun, too. But, if you prefer the ease of a gas grill, there are still some sharp-looking grill options available! Also, we added a nice fire pit to our backyard and we spend some warm evenings outside making S’mores!
Create storage with a deck box.
One of the hardest parts of making your outdoor space an oasis is finding a space to hide away grilling accessories, kids’ toys and outdoor shoes, among other things. We didn’t have a great solution for all of these things until we decided to get a deck storage box – and it has transformed the functionality of our back porch! Now, instead of dirty shoes laying all over the floor and bike helmets sitting on our patio table, they are tucked neatly away in this deck box.
A few simple updates can truly make a world of difference when it comes to your outdoor space, and these porch ideas for summer made a huge difference for us! Now, we enjoy spending time on our back porch, eating dinner and watching movies on a wall projector, and enjoying warm evenings on our deck while the girls play in the backyard.