12 Low-Budget Porch Makeover Ideas Just in Time for Summer

Create the ultimate outdoor retreat you'll never want to leave.

With summer on the brain, it's hard not to start dreaming about a porch makeover. But unless you have an unlimited budget, these makeovers can often cost quite a bit of money. However, even with a limited budget, there are still some quick and easy updates you can do that will have a big impact on your porch, like this gorgeous makeover from designer Brian Patrick Flynn.

Screened Porch Sitting Area

Earthy Pillows

Assorted kilim pillows in rich earthy tones add a layer of color and texture to the neutral and natural design of the welcoming screened porch.

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza

Tomas Espinoza

We've put together a list of our 12 favorite low-budget porch makeover ideas for you to steal this summer. Dive in!

Add Some Hanging Plants

Hanging Plants on Porch

Porch With Hanging Plants

The ceiling's the limit on this porch where hanging plants create a lush and multi-layered look.

Photo by: Studio Jaki Photography

Studio Jaki Photography

You may already have some plants or flowers on your porch, but adding some hanging plants can really help draw the eye up. This pretty porch from Wake + Loom features a grouping of hanging planters in one corner of the porch. They created visual interest by using a variety of materials and mixed metals for the planters they chose.

Paint the Ceiling

HGTV Going Yard Episode 105 - Esparza

HGTV Going Yard Episode 105 - Esparza

Scenic of the outdoor dining area looking toward the outdoor lounge area at the home of Kathlyne and Ismael Esparza which underwent a makeover that took their dry, dusty and uninviting yard with no flow nor destination and a huge eyesore of an antiquated shade structure and turned it into a French Country oasis fit for entertaining friends and family as well as a place for their daughter Alise to grow up in. The space went from the unused shaded area to having two separate destinations to include an outdoor lounge area with diamond painted concrete and a sky light, and an outdoor dining area with a ceiling fan tied together with custom designed corbels, new posts and balistrades. The patchy and holey yard went from a pitiful attempt at growing grass with little tiny patches that took and dirt everywhere else to having three large circular lawn areas separated by pavers and landscaping and the centerpiece is a large running fountain in the center of the yard with a bench on one side and a hammock on the other. Next to the outdoor dining area is another set of pavers going out to a bench with raised planters on either side along the side of the house where the yard L's off. Irrigation is in place to help the landscape flourish and the family have a place to rest, relax and enjoy their time as a family as well as entertain family and friends.

Photo by: Jamie Rector

Jamie Rector

Painting the floor is a great way to change up the look of your porch, but have you ever considered painting the ceiling? On this lovely back porch, the homeowners chose to paint both the floor and the ceiling. The floor features a geometric pattern, and the ceiling offers up a fun, bright splash of color. If you'd like to paint both your porch floor and ceiling, consider choosing two coordinating colors to hit a really bold note.

Say 'Yes' to Throw Pillows

HGTV Smart Home 2016 Sitting Area on Screened Porch

Pretty Porch

This wide view from the two-sided fireplace between the screened porch and master bedroom shows the different zones of the well-detailed space with a dining table and two sitting areas.

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza/Flynnsideout Productions ©2016, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Tomas Espinoza/Flynnsideout Productions, 2016, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Throw pillows are an inexpensive way to quickly change the look of your porch. Between the comfy furniture and abundance of throw pillows, this porch from designer Tiffany Brooks almost looks like an outdoor living room. However, pillows are a great idea even if you have simple chairs or a swing.

Hang Outdoor Curtains

Transitional Outdoor Room With White Drapes, Stone Fireplace

Comfy Outdoor Lounge With Fireplace & Drapery

Outdoor drapery helps blur the lines between indoor spaces and exterior porches filled with upholstery, swings and places for lazy napping next to the saltwater pool, all keeping a fresh, clean and neutral palette. And after the sun goes down, the party moves to the lakeside fire pit.

Photo by: John Bessler

John Bessler

Outdoor curtains can bring a stylish and pulled-together look to an outdoor space. On this beautiful back porch from Heather Garrett Interior Design, she uses sheer curtain panels in each column to help define and frame the space. Even in areas where there's inclement weather, you can use outdoor curtains during the summer hung from tension rods that can easily be removed once the cold weather returns.

Add a Swing

Porch With Swing

Covered Porch With Swing

Grab an iced tea and spend an easy afternoon right here on the porch swing.

Photo by: Jim Tschetter

Jim Tschetter

No matter what style home you have, you can rest assured that a swing will always look great on your porch. This simple, wood swing on a porch designed by Linc Thelen Design is the perfect complement to this minimalist design scheme.

Designate Seating Areas

Covered Porch With Wicker Armchairs  & Wood Flooring

Contemporary Rustic Porch

Wicker armchairs with plush cushions make this back porch the place to be at this lakeside home. There's plenty of space to sit and enjoy the lake view.

Photo by: Christopher Luker

Christopher Luker

If you have enough space on your porch, consider designating various seating areas. On this contemporary-rustic porch from Jeffery Dungan Architects, chairs and small side tables spread throughout the space establish small, intimate conversation areas.

Add Extra R+R Space

Modern White Farmhouse Porch

Modern White Farmhouse Porch

To create a sleek new look to this traditional farmhouse architecture updated materials were used with simple shapes to create a modern look that still captures the rustic charm.

Photo by: clfryphoto.com


Setting up space on your porch where you can eat, enjoy some morning coffee or even play a game of cards is a great way to make your space more functional. On this back porch by Tim Brown Architecture, a simple, metal cafe table and chairs add extra hang-out space for this family.

Install a Ceiling Fan

Screened-In Rustic Porch With Plenty of Seating

Screened-In Rustic Porch With Porch Swing

Equipped with a ceiling fan and a wood-burning stove, this screened-in porch maintains a welcoming environment whatever the weather. A porch swing begs for you and your favorite book. Architecture by Jasmit Rangr.

Photo by: Paul Warchol

Paul Warchol

If you already have access to electricity on your porch, this could be a fairly easy upgrade to make. This screened-in porch by designer Tamara Eaton features a simple, modern fan to cool off the space. If you’re able, you may want to consider installing several fans in various spots around your porch.

Make It Look Good

Modern Farmhouse Porch

Modern Farmhouse Porch

To create a sleek new look to this traditional farmhouse architecture updated materials were used with simple shapes to create a modern look that still captures the rustic charm.

Photo by: clfryphoto.com


If you can’t dedicate too much of your budget to your actual porch, you can focus on updating the area directly in front of your porch. Here, we see another angle of the porch by Tim Brown Architecture, and we can see how they updated they yard by adding gravel in the area directly outside of the porch. This helps to visually separate the space from the rest of the outdoor areas, as well as define the boundaries of the space.

Use Colorful Blankets

Porch With Colorful Built-In Bench & Dog Beds Underneath

Pet-Friendly Porch

Keeping in mind their love of kayaking and entertaining winery guests, Kim Lewis Designs fulfilled the clients' desire for an indoor/outdoor space. The porch features a place for the pooches! Built-in benches offer lounge seating, but space underneath is super valuable, so built-in dog beds were added.

Photo by: Molly Winters Photography

Molly Winters Photography

Much like adding throw pillows, using colorful blankets and throws around your porch can also really help to update the look of the space. These Mexican blankets, on a porch designed by Kim Lewis, add such a fun splash of color. You can try adding blankets to the back of your chairs, swing or hang them directly on your railing.

Replace Your Front Door

Front Door of a Craftsman Style Home

Favorable Front Door First Impressions

The new front door and windows accentuate the frame around the home's original door of this craftsman home, as seen on Fixer Upper.

Photo by: Rachel Whyte

Rachel Whyte

Replacing your front door can be a bit more costly depending on the door you pick, but it can also increase your curb appeal. If you aren’t quite ready to replace your front door, you can simply choose to paint your existing door. Design by Joanna Gaines

Refresh Your House Numbers

Contemporary Entryway for California Bungalow

Contemporary Entryway for California Bungalow

Located in Santa Monica, Calif., this 1940s bungalow features a clean black Dutch door with chrome hardware. A glossy black sconce highlights the house number.

Photo by: Alexis Manfer

Alexis Manfer

Another easy way to update the look of your porch is to switch out your house numbers. These modern numbers, paired with a black exterior light, really make this house stand out. For a bolder look, try large numbers mounted vertically to your house.

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