Outdoor Room Series: Covered Porches and Patios

Written on May 19, 2013 at 6:00 pm , by

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 porch with columns

  covered porch with ceiling fan bhg

 

Covered porches are an opportunity to use furniture just as you would indoors since their surfaces are protected from direct sun or moisture.

covered porch with wicker sofa bhg

 

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.

outdoor porch yellow ceiling bhg

 

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.

covered loggia striped sofas bhg

 

cozy seating covered porch bhg

 

Incorporate sophisticated lighting choices like lanterns, sconces, and hurricanes to add ambiance when the sun begins to set.  

covered porch with columns and lantern bhg

 

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. 

covered porch with columns bhg

wicker furniture bhg

 

For added sun protection and privacy, swag curtains made of outdoor fabrics.

outdoor curtain on porch bhg

 striped outdoor curtains bhg

 

You can never go wrong with subtle or bold stripes, they coordinate with everything from geometrics to florals and never go out of style! 

covered porch with tiled floor bhg

 

striped seating covered porch bhg

 

A covered patio becomes a true paradise with the addition of an outdoor kitchen or bar for entertaining.

covered porch with outdoor kitchen bhg

 

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.

covered porch bhg

 

Next up in the series, a look at some stylish enclosed outdoor rooms including screened porches and sunrooms, stay tuned!

 

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6 Responses to “Outdoor Room Series: Covered Porches and Patios”

  1. love the porches you have shared, inspiring me to recreate my own porches.

  2. Love these porches! I’m hoping to finish our front porch this month. Do you know where the ceiling fan with thelights in the first picture are from? They would be perfect for our front porch!
    Thanks!

  3. Oh I wish I did Robyn, I rarely get a source list. I’ll keep my eyes open though.

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