One of the best parts of summer is outdoor living. It's the chance to gather with family and friends, share a meal, and catch up. So it's important to create both an inviting and function porch or patio that feels like an extension of your home.
But decorating a front porch doesn't have to be a big investment. Turn to thrift stores, flea markets, and estates sales to score vintage finds for your outdoor room. Here are 12 fabulous front porch ideas featuring flea market finds that will make your friends and family eager for an invite this summer. Even if you don't have a front porch, these bold and creative ideas can be applied to any outdoor space.
1. Paint It
Turn to exterior-grade paint to pull together a front porch filled with flea market finds. A colorful rattan table and chair set, scored at a secondhand shop, can easily be updated with white spray paint. Rather than laying a new floor, paint over the existing material to refresh it. A fresh coat of paint on the ceiling and walls can also tie a mishmash of textures together and make the porch look tidy.
2. Upgrade Seating
Add charm to your porch with comfortable furnishings and unique elements. Thrifted ladder-back chairs greet visitors with a warm welcome. Plush pillows sewn out of fabric scraps give furniture a colorful pop. A patterned area rug adds a fun twist to the outdoor space.
3. Pay Attention to Scale
Even small front porches are fitting for flea market furnishings—just make sure to consider scale. A large, solid sofa will make a tight space feel even smaller. Opt for spindly seating, such as rattan or bamboo chairs.
4. Go Green
Just as pillows and throws are important for creating a cozy space, so are plants. Large tropical plants can create a room divide and make you feel transported to another region of the world. Utilize flea market baskets to house smaller plants arranged along the floor and on tables.
Ann VanderWiel/The Wilde Project
5. Mix and Match Styles
Have fun layering in different pieces—old and new—and don't be afraid to mix and match styles. Rugs, furniture, lighting—consider a blend of all of your favorites. This front porch of Jen from Flea Market Fab includes a wood chair, whose frame she scored for $2.50, a carved screen she purchased at a local flea market for $20, and vintage shell hangings.
Richard Leo Johnson/Atlantic Archives Inc
6. Use Wall Space
Pay attention to wall details. Using your outdoor wall space gives you vertical height and the effect of being in an outdoor room. Vertical gardens and mirrors are always a smart design decision and will add tons of interest to your walls.
7. Don't Be Afraid to Add Color
Embrace a bold color scheme—especially if you're using bargain secondhand decor. Even if your home tends to be more neutral on the inside, you can find small ways of layering color on your front porch through flea market furnishings or accents. Here, a vintage rattan loveseat gets a colorful update with blue cushions and pink throw pillows. A vibrant wall hanging, ottoman, and rug round out the eye-catching outdoor room.
8. Think Outside the Box
We all need functional seating outdoors, but why not think outside the box? A hanging couch or daybed creates a cozy area to relax. And, it gives some style to an otherwise casual aesthetic. Secondhand poufs and pillows, as well as a distressed coffee table, complete this informal look.
Edmund Barr Photography
9. Rock On
When in doubt, turn to the always-in-style traditional rocking chair. Who isn't excited by the thought of relaxing for a spell on a beautiful front porch sipping some cold tea? And don't fret if the flea market furniture has a few knicks; a coat of primer and your favorite shade of spray paint will easily refresh the chairs.
John Merkl Photographer
10. Light the Way
With thrifted outdoor lighting and potted plants, you can create a beautiful focal point on your front porch. Vintage lanterns fill with LED pillar candles guide guests up the stairs. Galvanized metal bins make for easy planters with pretty patina.
Tria Giovan Photography, Inc.
11. Create Zones
Divide your outdoor space into dedicated zones to create purpose. Arrange a small seating area with two chairs, a large place for lounging with a sofa, or a dining area complete with table and chairs. Utilize area rugs and lighting to visually separate the spaces.
Dana Gallagher Studio LLC
12. Make it Cozy
There is nothing like spending time outside at dusk. But setting the mood with lights can make all the difference. Update vintage fixtures with dimmable LED bulbs to set the mood. Having extra throws and pillows on hand is another must for entertaining.