Written on May 19, 2013 at 6:00 pm , by Kate
The urban dictionary defines a “staycation” as a vacation spent at one’s home enjoying all that one’s home environment has to offer. Transitional outdoor rooms than include the comforts of the indoors and the pleasant atmosphere of the outdoors are one of the most desirable spaces in a home. Covered porches, sunrooms, converted sheds, or screened porches are all examples of sheltered outdoor rooms that extend our living spaces and also our hours of leisure at home.
Because they are protected from sun or unpredictable summer rainstorms, the covered porch, patio, or loggia has the benefit of circulating fresh air with the bonus of a roof that provides shelter from the elements. Ceiling fans are a smart addition to a covered porch or patio and provide necessary air circulation, especially in regions where temperatures can creep above 100 degrees.
Covered porches are an opportunity to use furniture just as you would indoors since their surfaces are protected from direct sun or moisture.
Consider the addition of a bright swash of paint to your porch ceiling like these planks coated in a cheerful yellow also repeated in the fabric toss pillows below.
To encourage lingering among guests, or create a space where you wish to spend many hours relaxing, invest in furnishings with deep seat cushions in stylish outdoor fabrics.
Incorporate sophisticated lighting choices like lanterns, sconces, and hurricanes to add ambiance when the sun begins to set.
Wicker furnishings are a classic choice and bring a sense of nostalgia to a covered porch. The pieces are easy to refresh each season if need be with a few coats of outdoor spray paint.
For added sun protection and privacy, swag curtains made of outdoor fabrics.
You can never go wrong with subtle or bold stripes, they coordinate with everything from geometrics to florals and never go out of style!
A covered patio becomes a true paradise with the addition of an outdoor kitchen or bar for entertaining.
Combining comfortable furnishings, ceiling fans, stylish outdoor fabrics, and deep seat cushions on your covered porch will guarantee a space that you can enjoy all through summer and into fall.
Next up in the series, a look at some stylish enclosed outdoor rooms including screened porches and sunrooms, stay tuned!
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