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5 Ways to Decorate a Country Style Porch or Patio

by Taunee English 12/26/2021

If you’re looking for a style to guide your porch or patio decor, consider going country. The country design style is casual, comfortable and celebrates both the beautiful and practical furnishings. A country style porch will encourage you to relax and stay a while to enjoy the ease and pleasure of country life—no matter where you live. Here are some tips for decorating your own country style porch or patio.

Get Comfortable

Country style is all about comfort and ease. For outdoor spaces, this means including elements that make you want to stay longer and relax. Try wicker furniture with oversized cushions and make sure there are plenty of surfaces to set down a drink or meal. You can keep extra pillows in baskets and hang a cozy throw blanket over the back of your porch swing. Any details that feel soft and inviting are perfect for a country style space.

Find the Right Fabric

Fabric is the key to adding color and pattern to your country style porch or patio. Opt for classic motifs like gingham, buffalo check, stripes and florals. Mixing up patterns will further enhance the casual and comfortable feel. To avoid looking too busy, stick to a controlled color scheme with only two or three main hues. This will make your fabric choices look effortless but not random.

Go Vintage

Repurposed and upcycled pieces are important to country style and especially so for an inviting porch or patio. Not everything needs to be salvaged from a vintage store or flea market, however. In fact, you can get the best results by mixing repurposed furnishings and accessories in with more contemporary ones. This creates a feeling of timelessness, as if you collected the pieces over the years.

Soften the View With Flowers

To keep the “country” in country style, it’s best to add some plant life to your design. Choosing the right flowers and foliage can not only enhance the overall aesthetic appeal of the space but make your comfy country porch even more inviting. Go for statement-making plants with rustic appeal, such as hydrangea, assorted poppies and daisies. If you don’t have planting space, adding plants and flowers to containers is another opportunity to add some country flair. Try galvanized metal tubs, weathered terra cotta pots or reclaimed wood window boxes.

Light It Up

No porch or patio design would be complete without the perfect lighting and country style provides a lot of creative freedom. String lights with large bulbs create a soft ambiance and a nostalgic feel when combined with cozy country elements in an outdoor space. You can also use more utilitarian options like lanterns and barn lights for glow and ample illumination. For old world glamor, consider hanging a vintage chandelier over your sitting or dining space.

Country style design means something different to everybody. However, the recurring themes of comfort, ease and the romanticized simplicity of rural life can help guide all of your style decisions. Follow these guidelines above and you’ll be able to create a country porch or patio that makes the style all your own.

About the Author

Taunee English


2021 Inspirational Woman Leader of the Year!

Taunee English is a third-year award-winning Real Estate Broker. She is the new Branch Manager of Beverly Hills, Lions Realty Group of eXp Realty California Inc a ResiMercial Brokerage serving Greater Los Angeles, and the 2019 winner of the Los Angeles Real Estate Agency Award!

She is a U.S Navy Veteran, and she is as devoted to entrepreneurship and professional development as she is to our country. Taunee serves as 2021 Treasurer and Chair of Professional Development Committee at Greater Los Angeles REALTORS® Association. 

She also serves as a State Director and 2021 Chair of the Communications Advisory Committee at the California Association of REALTORS®.

Taunee English is a strong supporter of Women In Leadership and is one of the founding members and 2021 President of LA/Beverly Hills Women's Council of REALTORS®.

She is very committed to increasing more Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in the Real Estate industry and is the founding member and the 2021 Treasurer of the California Association of Black Real Estate Professionals.

And most of all she devoted daughter to her parents - a mother that she plays Twinsie with fashion photo shoots at least three times a year and a father who has the onset of Alzheimer which prompted Taunee to obtain her certificate in Fiduciary Management from UC Riverside and to further her work with families in establishing trusts and avoiding probate.

Broker Associate of eXp Realty of California Inc. License ID: 01878277

2019 Beverly Hills/Los Angeles REALTOR of the YEAR!