In this post you will learn …
- Design guidelines for your screened-in porch
- Porch furniture options
- Flooring options for your sunroom
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 grandma 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 your porch, keep reading 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 to spend an afternoon!
Screened In Porch Design Guidelines
Before decorating your screened in porch, there are a few things you’ll want to take into consideration, including your style, how much can you spend, where you will shop, etc. Making note of these options 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
The items 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. Your purchases will also depend upon how you’re using the room, whether it’s for thinking, relaxing, entertaining or additional hanging-out space for your family.
- Set Your Budget
This is very important because having a budget in mind, will prevent you from overspending. Setting a budget will be vital, especially when you see many items you might want while you’re out shopping.
Your options abound when it comes to shopping. Find the essentials from a super mart and shop for unique accent pieces at a flea market or an estate sale.
- Get Inspired &Decorate
Once all the pieces fall into place, read through this blog for inspirational ideas on how to put everything together. Pages from your favorite magazine or coffee table book are also great places to find creative décor ideas.
Screen-In Porch Furniture Ideas
When looking for furniture in particular, the first thing you need to consider is its durability. 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 for a 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 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. Check out our post on different sunroom flooring options.
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 small screened in porch, you can still design a stylish space. An old adage 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 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 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.
Once you’re inspired and make some design changes, you’ll have a brand new screened-in porch for your living space, one that may just become your new happy place!
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