10 Elements of a Porch Paradise
If dreamy days with breezy chats and lazy lounging are your cup of tea, see how to pull your porch together to bring your vision to life
Houzz Contributor. Hi There! I currently live in a 1920s cottage in Atlanta that I'll describe as "collected." I got into design via Landscape Architecture, which I studied at the University of Virginia. I've been writing about design online for quite a few years over at Hatch: The Design Public Blog.
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I've been talking porch once a week for awhile now, and I think it's time to wrap(around) it up. After looking at thousands of porches, figuring out everything I love about them, sharing them and learning from your comments, I've rounded up a few standout elements of great porches. If you're designing a new porch, freshening up your existing one or simply dreaming of a porch, consider which of the following are must-haves for you.
Wicker. This nostalgic cottage weave will instantly transform your porch into a comfortable and classic oasis.
A ceiling fan. Enjoy your porch on a breezeless day by creating your own wafts. Fans also help keep the bugs away.
Rockers. There is not a more iconic piece of porch furniture than a camp-style wooden rocking chair. When people talk about growing old with their partners, they are imagining sitting on rockers like these on a porch exactly like this one and complaining about the young whippersnappers cutting through their yard. Or at least that's how I picture it.
A porch swing. I lied. There is one piece of porch furniture that screams porch even louder than the aforementioned rocker. It's the porch swing. Just make sure you know what you're doing or hire someone who does to hang it safely.
Lighting. It doesn't matter if it you choose onion lanterns, a shapely Moroccan pendant, marine sconces or candles, but that glaring motion-activated spotlight on the side of the house is not going to cut it. The right lighting lets you enjoy your porch on hot summer nights.
Standout ceilings. Exposed rafters, beadboard and the famous Haint Blue hue draw attention to this often-overlooked porch design opportunity.
Plants. Porch conditions are just right for growing plants. Hang them, place them in urns, group a few planters together and enjoy the foliage.
Outdoor rugs. Beautiful outdoor rug options offer an opportunity to add a layer of style underfoot. Outdoor rugs can define spaces, cover up an unattractive floor and add color and pattern to the porch.
A dining table. Enjoying a meal outdoors is one of the best ways to use a porch. Even if your porch is very small, a petite café table for two will do.
Porch lovers, tell us: Have I missed any aspects of porch life you'd like to read about in this series? Let me know in the Comments section!
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Ideabook updated on May 28, 2012.
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