Small Porch Decorating Ideas

If you have a small porch, deck, or balcony…welcome to the club. My front porch is literally 6 feet by 6 feet… but I’m determined to make it a welcoming space. And you can make your small porch wonderful too, with these small porch decorating ideas and design tips… Not to mention the inspirational photos! So create another room and find a way to use your small outdoor space to enjoy…well, the outdoors!

Small porch decorating ideas



This small front porch was done with an eye for details by Jewel Hazelton of Eat.Drink.Shop.Love for Home Depot. The color scheme stays simple in blues and greens to keep the space from looking too busy. An area rug defines the space as more than just a corner. Seating and a small table allow for a snack or a nice stack of summer novels, to make you feel right at home. Lighting is attached to the wall above. But details are important too, especially when viewed close up in this small space. Jewel paid attention to making the space interesting by painting pots, adding plants, and a patterned throw pillow gives the room some contemporary punch.  Great ideas here!

Small porch decorating ideas


Leanna at Organize your Stuff Now has the same idea, but I love how fresh her porch looks, and she did it on a budget! She chose to stay with green and yellow. I love the yellow painted pots!  Find out how she did it, including making this larger rug out of six small ones! Check out Leanne’s post on getting the front porch ready



BHG has some great advice on decorating a small outdoor space… first, arrange the furniture so that you have room to move around! I love this deck, the trellis pattern area rug really pulls it together.



Neutral furniture and pops of color, in a cozy corner carves out an intimate half circle, allowing space for more seating.



This small balcony is inspiring! No matter how tight the space, there is always a way. I’m going to use the layout of this balcony to tackle my front porch. And don’t you L.O.V.E. that black and white color scheme! Remember, small scale furniture, things that hang. Done.



You’ve seen projects on our site before from Four Generations, One Roof, because they are so creative! This DIY small porch was tackled like true DIY’ers… and you could easily find inspiration here in the colorful touches, the re-using of the chest as storage AND a table, and the simple idea of bringing the indoors out with the comfortable looking throw pillows and lantern for quiet evenings. Love it!

Small porch decorating


Is that enough to get you started? Well, we have one more for you to inspire… This small outdoor space utilizes the end of the porch for seating, then lines the long narrow sides with plants to keep things fresh. The runner rugs make it an outdoor home, and direct you right to where you want to go!  So don’t let having a small porch or deck be your excuse… get to decorating!


Image Credits: BHG, DIY Bazaar, Home Depot, Organize Your Stuff Now, Life is Sweet in NYC, Four Generations, Hometalk


  1. November 30, 2015 / 11:26 pm

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful small porch decorating ideas. perfect addition to my home improvement idea board… thanks!

  2. March 6, 2015 / 12:57 pm

    Thanks for sharing these! Perfect for my deck!

  3. JHurst
    January 29, 2015 / 10:23 pm

    The ideas were terrific, but before attaching anything to the walls of balcony/porch, check with apt rules regarding nailing or attaching items to the outside surfaces. This could be a big no-no and lose your security deposit if and when you decide to move. Where I live, NOTHING can be attached to outside wall, nothing in windows. We are not supposed to have any furniture or chairs outside; however, I have a small bistro table with 2 chairs and have not had to move them yet. I also have planters and pots so I have flowers all year round. The plans in front of my apt had died, so I asked if I could plant roses. Answer was yes and everyone here enjoyed them all last summer.

  4. Fran
    January 24, 2015 / 2:45 am

    im moving to an apt. Excellent ideas.. Must try.

  5. theraisingirl
    September 4, 2014 / 9:30 am

    Well, now I have big plans for that little square of space out my back door.

  6. modesta enriquez
    August 22, 2014 / 5:35 am

    great! i love to try any of these.

  7. Betty819
    June 5, 2014 / 7:12 pm

    We only lived in two apts. during our 50 years of marriage..only one had a balcony and I would have never thought about decorating it but looking at this blog provides you with lots of inspiration. Love most of the ideas!

  8. Susie@homemaker-mom
    May 26, 2014 / 9:56 pm

    Wow I love the ideas!

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