The front porch; there are few better places to relax before work, or after.
Because of the perfect weather in El Segundo, it is the ultimate place to unwind, decompress and enjoy all that nature has to offer -- this is even more true when you introduce many of the indoor comforts to the outside.
Take these four steps to create your very own private porch paradise -- a new kind of porch that represents character, design and your unique sense of style for your home:
Sit comfortably. Seating is all about comfort, regardless of your style and geographic location. It is a requirement for porches that are meant for outdoor living and creating a warm, inviting first impression. Options can include a small bistro set or a single rocking chair — for smaller porches — a classic porch swing, rocking chairs or even a more modern outdoor daybed.
This will make for a nice place to enjoy your morning coffee, a quiet evening reading session or just a comfortable place to hang out with the family. Be sure to choose enduring materials. Namely, wood and metal furniture that can be personalized with pillows or seat covers with diverse designs.
Let the light shine. If you want to use the porch at night, then it’s important to have some kind of outdoor lighting installed on or around the porch. For those living in the sunny South Bay area, you will want to protect your porch from the sun with drapes or roll-up shades made of canvas, cotton or bamboo. All of which are easy to install and add a touch of elegance and character.
A smart lighting set up for your porch also exudes a sense of style. You might have landscape lights, wall lights near the front door or lamps hanging from the ceiling to add a soft glow at night.
Experiment with color contrast. Cool and natural colors are best for creating a serene environment, but feel free to explore other colors too. If you want the porch to be a different color from the home exterior, paint it. You can also paint your front door (try a brick red, bright yellow or even light blue) to introduce contrast. Adding complimentary colors with large flowerpots or flower boxes will have the same effect.
Another way to add contrast is to infuse some color, texture and design in the seating cushions and pillows.
Embrace nature. Whether it is the rugged Rancho Palos Verdes coastline or the cool ocean breeze of Redondo Beach, let nature inspire your porch design. It’s always a good idea to have some potted or hanging plants on a porch or to complement the front yard. They help the porch flow with the natural environment, and they can be comforting and inviting to visitors.
Conclusion? A home is only as beautiful as its porch. Make your porch a private paradise!