orches take us back in time. Children play. Adults read. Dogs nap. We enjoy the cool breezes, not air-conditioning. We chat, instead of watching our screens. And we call out to neighbors, just as folks did long ago. Make your porch feel warm and welcome with these ideas for making it a place for lounging and lingering.
Set A Scene Colorful chairs, patterned seat cushions, printed table linens—all of these are cheerful accents that add up to a cottage-style porch that welcomes friends and conversation.
Add Color While white is the classic choice for porch furniture, entertain the eyes by adding color to the mix. It’s as easy as touching up accent pieces with paint and piling on pillows.
Use What You Love Seating does more than provide support. Gather pieces that make you happy: an old oak rocking chair, a teak deck chair, a retro metal lawn chair. They’ll all work together because you love them.
Play With Pattern Use indoor decorating techniques outside. Mix and match checks, plaids, florals and stripes by repeating colors and varying the scale of the patterns. Accent pieces add pops of color. ‘
Look to the Past Personalize your porch by furnishing it with handmade items as well as upcycled flea-market finds and antiques.
Engage the Senses Breathe in the scent of freshly cut grass. Savor the taste of cold lemonade served in pressed-glass tumblers. Curl up under a crazy quilt when a storm passes by. Porch living makes us feel alive.