Deck out verandah to match the home
SICK of the dodgy old couch taking up space on your front verandah?
A stylish and well-dressed front verandah will provide a cosy outdoor space for you to enjoy year-round and improve the street presence of your home.
Not to mention serve as prime position to observe neighbourhood goings-on. Here are some styling ideas to get you started.
Match your style
The style of your front verandah should match the era of your home, says stylist Adam Robinson from Adam Robinson Design.
"Look to the style of architecture for inspiration,” he says.
"Is it a classic Californian bungalow, something really modern or a '60s red brick? From there, determine the style and furniture of your verandah.
A classic house needs classic styling and a contemporary house calls for contemporary styling.
Your front porch should complete your home.”
Choose hardy plants
A spot of greenery will lift the appeal of your verandah, and hardy plants mean greater impact for less maintenance.
"Use designer painted pots as a feature with hardy plants like giant cacti and succulents which can handle the weather and still look good without being high maintenance,” says interior designer and stylist Anastasia Dinos from Mood Design.
Robinson says bigger pots have greater impact as they are visible from the street, front yard and inside the home.
"It's better to go with fewer larger, nicer pots rather than gathering lots of little ones, which can look messy.
And remember, your front porch might not have irrigation so choose hardy plants that will look good all year round.”
Hang a chair
Channel the vibe of your favourite American family TV show with a porch swing - the perfect spot to enjoy a morning coffee or soak up the afternoon sun.
Egg-shaped chairs, classic love seats and traditional wooden swings are popular and timeless.
When it comes to styling, Dinos says different textures and patterns add a cosy feel.
"Hang a hanging chair as an inviting feature and beautiful focal point, and be sure to dress it up with a throw and cushions.”
Add a mat
Anchor your outdoor furniture with a rug.
Jute and sisal, leather, cotton and wool, along with more practical synthetic materials, are great choices.
"Use a polypropylene outdoor mat for some colour or keep it earthy by using woven jute - but only if it's completely protected from the rain,” says Dinos.
Experiment with extras
Show your personality with cute fittings and funky design elements.
Choose a name for your home and attach a personalised sign next to your front door, paint the deck a vibrant colour or install a quirky light fitting.
"Have fun with things like a door bell, colourful door or house numbers,” says Robinson.