Colorful, big and bold defines porch design trends for 2017. The Hygge trend and desire to enjoy the comforts of one’s home have had a direct impact on porch construction. Expect to see decks and porches getting bigger, as families realize they really enjoy using their outdoor living space. 8 feet wide is large enough to realistically contain seating or dining for a family; porches that run the entire length of the home are making a comeback.
Many of the porches we build in the Metrowest area require porch steps or a ramp to be added to the porch. That brings us to the next part of the porch design conversation: color. Perhaps it’s a widespread hunger for cheer; perhaps it’s because people smile when they’re exposed to bright color – either way, it’s very common for current porch designs to include one or more bold color elements. Composite and PVC decking is available in a variety of colors, which means you can do some really fun things design wise without increasing your budget.
What’s nice about colored composite decking is that the color stays strong and true for decades and you never have to worry about it fading. With traditional wooden decking, plan on painting or restaining the deck periodically to keep colors bright and bold.
Columns, rails, and other porch elements are being designed in bigger, bolder shapes. Work with your porch construction company to choose the right size elements. You don’t have to go dramatically larger to create an outsized impression: simply scaling a column up from a 4X4 to a 6X6 can be very impactful. Columns, rails and other porch elements can be created in the same color as the porch for a monotone look, or in a contrasting shade for increased visual interest.