Every Texas Front Porch Should Have These Six Things
The welcoming of family and friends starts on the front porch of your home. And when you live in Texas, there are some essential things that belong on the porch. Read on for a rundown of what you should have on the porch of your DFW home.
The front porch: It’s the first opportunity to make a guest feel welcome. It’s a place to relax and unwind. It’s a spot to connect with neighbors and family. And when you live in Texas, there are some essential things that belong on the porch. Read on for a rundown of what you should have on the porch of your DFW home.
1. Comfy Seating
Here’s the first (and possibly most important) element of any Texas front porch: Make sure you have somewhere comfortable to sit. It doesn’t matter if it’s a creaky, old porch swing, some relaxed Adirondack chairs or a few rustic bales of hay, you’ll want to have a good place to perch.
2. Plenty of Shade
Here’s a close second — your porch should have some shade. Dallas averages 234 sunny days a year, and with the average temperature in July soaring to 96 degrees, a shady spot on your front porch is a must. Outdoor curtains can be a good solution to minimize heat and glare.
3. Good Airflow
It’s also important that your front porch has a decent breeze. Ceiling fans will always do the trick, but if you don’t want to go that route, a standard table fan will keep the air circulating on a warm day.
4. Cold Drinks
Whether it’s sweet tea or some ice-cold Dr. Pepper, it’s always a good idea to have a variety of refreshments at the ready. If you’re up for a DIY project, here’s an interesting ice chest to keep those beverages cold. It has plenty of charm and will fit right in with your decor.
5. A Nice Ambiance
Now on to the aesthetics. Don’t forget to add some personal touches to your porch. Decorative items such as throw pillows, candles, and even interesting pieces of art can go a long way towards making your front porch uniquely yours.
6. Touches of Nature
Yes, you’re already outdoors, but any good Texas front porch will incorporate a bit of nature. Set out your prettiest pots and display your rain lilies, impatiens, or one of the other kinds of flowers that grow best in the Dallas area. Whether you opt for hanging pots or lining your porch stairs with them, flowers will add some color and charm to the space.
Do a checklist: Are these six essentials part of your porch? If so, you’re all set to shoot the breeze. Now grab a friend and get talking!
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Audrey Sellers is an award-winning, Dallas-based writer and editor with a background in marketing and promotions. She’s a former magazine editor turned blogger who’s a pro at crafting all kinds of engaging content: blog posts, case studies, feature stories, social media content, and more. When her fingers aren’t flying on her laptop, she’s busy not relaxing with her husband and two young kids.