I posted a picture of my porch looking like what I see on most peoples porches. A bench swing with two chairs, or more commonly I see a wicker set with a loveseat and 2 matching chairs. Tom and I had received our porch swing as a house warming gift when we first bought the house and I stained it a walnut color and I made the cushion myself out of a fabric I designed when I worked as a textile designer! I like the addition of a little color. Then we bought these wicker chairs from Pier1 a few years ago, and I love that they are blue! I think adding color makes for a fun summer look and really stands out from the road.
But now that we have built a new front porch (which we can’t stain til next year? what the???) it was time to spice it up! So I then added a side table, a few plants that I had around, but these could be some cheap hanging plants from your local nursery, some pillows (outdoor pillows would be best), a cheap area rug from Target, a couple through blankets (mine are baby blankets) along with a vase and some coffee mugs (yes those are just for the picture).
The best part of the porch are the white lanterns I received as a gift. They give off a beautiful soft glow when lit and really help to create an ambiance at night.
So look around your house or shop some rummage sales this summer for colorful items to bring your porch or deck to life!