Now that it’s summertime and the living is easy, not to mention hot, it would be a great time to look at some gorgeous screened-in porches for design inspiration. I love porches and sunrooms. Growing up, I would spend the summers on the porch with my Gramma who lived in Savannah. It’s a great pastime, passing the day away on the porch with a book, a cool beverage or with friends. It’s like a second hearth for your home.
But if you have no idea how to decorate our porch, read through for some fantastic screened in porch ideas. Yes, even the porch is décor-worthy! Decorate it with a relaxing color palette, some comfortable, weather-durable furniture, a cute area rug, a chic side table and you’ve got the perfect space in which to spend the afternoon!
Screened Porch Design Guidelines
Before decorating your screened in porch, there are a few things you’ll want to take into consideration: what’s your style, how much can you spend, where will you shop, etc. Taking notes of these issues before you decorate will help streamline the process and take out some of the frustration.
- Determine Your Style- Whether your tastes lean towards modern rustic or neo-traditional, your screened in porch should reflect your style, just as the rest of your home does.
- Determine Your Needs- What you need for your screened porch will determine your budget and perhaps where you shop. Make sure to take note of the dimensions you’re working with – space, height of the room, etc.—you’ll want pieces that work within the confines of your porch. What you need will vary based on what you’re using it for; think, relaxing, entertaining or some additional “hanging-out” space for the family.
- Set Your Budget- This is very important because with a budget in mind, you’ll keep from overspending. It happens even to the best of us. Sometimes I go to the flea market looking for a side table, and leave with accent pillows and a vintage chandelier. It helps to set a budget to keep from overspending when you see so many things you might want.
- Shop- The options abound when it comes to shopping. Get the essentials from a super mart and shop for unique accent pieces at the flea market or an estate sale. Patio Enclosures has a diverse selection of screened in porch furniture to choose from.
- Get Inspired, And then Decorate - Once you have all the pieces to the puzzle, read through this blog for inspirational ideas on how to put everything together. Tears from your favorite magazine or coffee table book are also great places to find inspirational décor ideas.
Screen-In Porch Furniture Ideas
When looking at furniture in particular, the first thing you need to take into consideration is the durability of your furniture. Anything with fabric will be more susceptible to the weathering effects of the sun and wind; so it’s important you get pieces that can stand up to the elements. Rattan, wicker and wood are usually your best bet.
Not all types of furniture will work in screened in porch, though. Leather, for example will fade from sun exposure, as will some types of metals. You’ll also want to be mindful of the type of fabric you use. Some fabrics deteriorate more easily than others. And, just like leather, some fabrics can fade due to sun exposure. Look for fabrics specifically made for outdoor use, as they will be mold and UV resistant.
Porch Flooring Ideas
If you’re not in love with your porch’s current flooring, there are several chic and cost-effective options for you. Consider your porch’s placement- whether it’s near an entry or exit to the yard and whether the area will get high traffic or not. The easiest option, of course, is to decorate the space with colorful, durable area rugs.
Here’s a design trick: decorate the highest traffic areas of your screened in porch with a larger, more durable area rug, while decorating a few other spaces with smaller, different rugs. If you are especially handy with a paintbrush and love do-it-yourself projects, you can paint or decorate your porch in a fun color palette.
Small Screened-In Porch Ideas
Even if you have a relatively tiny screened in porch, you can still design a stylish space. One of the old adages of color theory in interior design remains true to this day; if you want any space to appear larger, decorate with a cool color palette. But, to make the space more modern, throw in a complementary pop of color, just to accent the space.
For instance, sunny yellow will instantly brighten up a palette of white, chocolate brown and slate grey. For a really modern color palette, try a graphic color palette of black and white, and accent the space with pops of color throughout. This helps to create a more dynamic space, which can create the illusion of a larger space.
Written By Lindsey Gregory