Warm weather and sunshine are on the horizon, meaning you can finally give that long ignored porch some TLC and start crafting your perfect summer space. From deck design that highlights your surroundings, to porch furniture with a very modern twist, we’re sharing design cues from a few outdoor spaces we love.
Create a Private Retreat
If the architecture of your home leaves your patio or porch space open, but a more intimate layout to host parties or simply enjoy some privacy is what you’re after, consider designing an enclosed space. Hanging drapery around a canopy or trellis, or lining the space with tall potted plants and trees, can give the illusion of walls and still allow the outdoors to peek through. Simple outdoor furnishings can balance out the drama of the drapery.
Add Some Global Style
Weaving global textiles and furniture into a traditional outdoor scene can transport you from your porch to a far flung region. Synonymous with a bohemian lifestyle and travel, ever-trending Turkish and Moroccan pieces are perfect for achieving this look! Try plopping a few kilim cushions onto your chairs and sofa, or add a carved daybed for lounging and hang glass lanterns overhead.
Make a Neutral Design Scheme Shine
With a natural wood deck and siding as a neutral backdrop, contemporary wooden and woven furniture sets a serene tone that’s beautifully in keeping with the natural surroundings. A subtle pop of color in a single, soft hue lends just the right amount of contrast.
Go Modern with Traditional Pieces
Wicker isn’t just for your grandmother’s lanai anymore. Woven furniture has recently undergone a modern makeover–but it can still lend your back patio an airy bohemian feel while keeping things current. Juxtapose wicker and rattan pieces with straight-lined, colorblocked textiles and cushions to design a modern patio with boho or Hollywood Regency flair.
Streamline Your Porch Style
If wicker and wood just aren’t your style, opt for unconventional outdoor furniture. Metal and acrylic pieces are a flawless way to achieve a clean, modern look, especially in a sunroom or covered porch where you have the advantage of extra protection. Paired with cushions, the look will be both streamlined and cozy.