Enhance what you're already got. "When we bought the house the swing was there, and we just repainted the porch floor and ceiling," says Annie Coggan of Coggan + Crawford Architecture + Design. Both colors are standard Southern porch colors. The blue for the ceiling is traditional and functional since blue repels wasps, or so the lore goes. The gray floor is porch gray, which hides dirt and pollen in the spring."Coggan's favorite color is orange, "so bits of it are always placed about the house we live in, and this chair was a gift from a friend," she says. "This photo was taken in the early fall during harvest season in a rural Southern community, hence the bucket of gourds."