Tiny Details That Can Add Rustic Charm To Your Porch On A Budget

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Finding your home aesthetic can be a beautiful thing. With endless options to make your bathroom, kitchen, or even your porch uniquely you, it can be difficult not to be picky. As price tags begin to pile up, the process can present quite the pickle when you’ve envisioned the perfect space. Of course, that’s why we’re here. With a little bit of inspiration, your porch won’t just be a cute rustic space; it’ll be the rustic space that will surely catch eyes all over the neighborhood.

When it comes to building an oasis of rustic charm, so much of the aesthetic relies on texture and tone. Organically derived textiles, abundant earth tones, and straightforward designs blend to create a natural, simplistic vibe to a space. Often, so much of this makeover is about the big things. Adding a fireplace to your home made of natural stone, grabbing a rich-brown wood table, or even purchasing that dazzling centerpiece that would be the talk of the town. But what about the little details for your porch? Let’s deep dive into how your porch can adopt a look of rustic charm in the smallest ways.

Mixing and matching

Creating this aesthetic is all about incorporating earth tones and primitive materials with vintage finds that will bring instant rustic charm to your porch. Vintage or antique stores, thrift stores, and even flea markets are your best friends here. Swapping your modern outdoor side table for a vintage barrel or adding rocking chair-styled seating to your porch could give a rustic feel. Something as simple as mason jars can be adapted for a rustic look by creating mason jar hanging candles or making planters for your outdoor herb garden. Get creative here with DIY chalk paint, adding stones to the bottom of each jar, or using twine to hang these planters all over your porch. If you can make your decor functional and eye-catching, you’ve really aced the aesthetic. 

Wicker baskets, distressed watering cans, or an antique chest all work great for storage and style! Incorporating wood tones and stone textures around your porch is effective, too. Collect stray wood scraps or rocks near your home. TikTok user @our_home_sweet_farmhous6 paired a vintage Coca-Cola crate with an aged watering can filled with branches and twigs they found around their neighborhood. They made their porch look like a rustic dreamland with other small details like a metal bike wheel and farmhouse sign. You can also look for a wooden bowl like this one from Temu and fill it with pebbles and your favorite candles. Opt for citronella during the warmer seasons if you want to test if it really works to keep mosquitoes away from your home.

But what about the even smaller details?

Decor can come in many shapes and forms. And greenery is a sure must-have when it comes to decorating your space with rustic charm. This inexpensive addition can be real or fake, whatever you prefer. You can even try making a tiny rustic garden on your porch (check out this DIY planter for inspo) with a few old mirrors that are no longer in use, sash windows, painted wooden shutters, and metal gates. Hand-made items are also an option. Whether you prefer to go down a rabbit hole on Etsy and support small designers or make your own items, there’s no harm in doing either. If you’re skilled or simply want to try knitting, we recommend creating your own knit throw for outdoor seating or heading to your workstation and crafting your very own wooden ladder or window frame.

The key here is being outlandish with how you pair items together. Whether you decide to add hand-painted ceramics or a terracotta hanging planter, rustic charm is all about combining nostalgia, warmth, and nature. This tranquil and cozy vibe is based all around character, so don’t feel like you need to become Chip or Joanna Gaines to make this work. But if you do want to decorate your porch like Joanna Gaines, click here to get a taste of her personal touch.

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