Seasonal Living Space
The porch has long been the perfect gathering place for summer evenings. While some folks may favor an open patio, an elevated deck, or a year-round sunroom, screened-in porches have a lot of allure—and nostalgia as well. Here's a quick look at some of our favorite serene and inviting screened porch ideas.
Rustic Enclosed Porch
The big, bright screened openings of this Minnesota cabin porch allow guests to enjoy the scenic views while protecting them from mosquitoes and other outdoor discomforts. The wood walls and ceiling blend in with the porch's natural setting, and the smooth, easy-to-clean flooring and durable patio set make it the perfect spot to change out of sandy sandals and freshen up before relaxing inside the cabin.
By using two different styles of patio furniture and an outdoor area rug, these decorators were able to create two separate, functional spaces in this small porch. The lightweight furniture lends itself perfectly to easy rearrangement for hosting a summer barbecue or late-night drinks on the patio.
A wicker coffee table between the two rocking chairs would complete this serene screened-porch sitting area. The A-frame design adds height to the space and creates the feeling of being one with the lake right outside its open-air walls.
Sleeping porches are a historical architectural element most commonly found on the second floor in older Southern homes, but they're making a comeback in some circles. A hanging bed like this (available on Etsy) is a natural choice for napping—or even an overnight stay—in a cool summer breeze.
Patio furniture isn't always as comfortable as year-round indoor furniture, but adding large cushions boosts the cozy factor and could make the patio a favorite destination for relaxing with the family. A few throw pillows and a coffee table can do wonders to warm up the outdoor living space and establish a seamless transition between indoor spaces and the porch.
Outdoor Space Soak
This charming and bright screened porch looks even bigger due to the low-profile furnishings within. Red and brown chairs, black and bronze metal fixtures, and warm wood tones complement the focal-point brick wall perfectly. Tying everything together like this turns an otherwise empty space into a united—and relaxing—environment.
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