Indoor Porches You'll Love

Whether it's a four-season, three-season, enclosed, or sunroom, your porch can become an inviting and relaxing gathering spot or at-home getaway with a few simple design tricks.

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Perfect Porch Style
Perfect Porch Style

    A four-season porch design for casual entertaining is enhanced by equally casual furnishings. Adirondack chairs are an always-welcome classic, perfect for lounging. In this space, the design was adapted into a sofa, which easily accommodates two people. An infusion of red, white, and blue in striped motifs creates a nautical look that exudes summer style.

Cottage Porch

    An infusion of airy cottage style is the perfect complement to the flood of natural light that fills a window-lined enclosed porch. Mimic the look of a classic cottage front porch by installing beaded board on the ceiling. For full-on cottage style, use plenty of wicker accessories, flowers, and soft, bright colors like the frothy aqua on this dining room set. If you're enclosing an open-air porch, create continuity by using the same trim and window styles in the enclosure that's in the rest of your home.

Rustic and Inviting

    Stretch the time span of a screened-in porch a little further by adding a fireplace. This raised hearth fireplace provides a cozy spot to gather as the weather gets cooler, while still taking advantage of the outdoor air.

Bold Accents

    This screen porch is a breezy spot to spend spring, summer, and fall days. A light stain on the porch floor, white furniture and walls, and a wood table provides a neutral backdrop. Bright accents on the pillows, vases, and candelabra fill the space with color. For updates on a budget, limit bold colors to accessories. They are less expensive than large pieces of furniture and easier to update when you crave a change.

Sweetly Summer

    This all-white porch desperately needed a color infusion. Plenty of pink came to the rescue, adding a soft, feminine touch to the stark space. A few potted plants bring a dash of the outdoors into this screened-in space. A savvy furniture arrangement makes the most of the porch's spacious footprint -- a conversation area sits adjacent to a dining table and chairs, providing two seating zones for the space.

Classic Combination

    A blue-and-white color scheme embodies the spirit of summer, which makes it perfect for a porch designed for summer dining. If your porch table is a bit more visually heavy, as this solid wood table does, drape it with a billowy white tablecloth to help it mesh better with the overall porch look. Small touches of blue, such as pillows, a light fixture, glassware, or a rug, are all you need to pull off this quintessential summer look.

Cozy Screen Porch

    This stacked-stone fireplace not only adds warmth to the screen porch, it also acts as a privacy screen, partially blocking the view from the outside into the porch addition. To give your porch substance, add in architectural millwork, such as these the simple pilasters with columns.

Color Splash

    This screen porch gets a punch of color from bright furniture and accessories that can withstand the elements. Colorful outdoor-grade wicker chairs and zippy vinyl lamps that mimic paper party lanterns pop against the white walls and window treatments.

Breezy Room

    Treat an indoor porch like you would any other room by filling it with furniture, soft accents, and light fixtures. The woven table brings warm-weather style to the porch. An indoor-outdoor rug adds color and anchors the table and chairs. An antique chandelier provides light and elegance. Gauzy window treatments and colorful table linens complete the porch's casual yet glamorous look.

Add Charm

    Create a charming, casual porch setting with an eclectic grouping of furniture. Gather pieces from flea markets and big-box retailers to achieve a signature blend.

Cozy Porch Space

    Make the most of a small porch with slender furniture. A small bistro table-and-chairs set adds functional seating to this home's casual porch, while not overwhelming the tiny space like a larger set would.

Painted Porch

    Give your porch a boost with a little bit of paint. Revive worn chairs with a few coats of paint in a bright hue. Or try painting your door a striking color. Black paint turns this ornately trimmed door into a worthy focal point.

A Study in Contrasts

    The muted khaki-and-olive palette on this porch needed a little vibrancy. And that's what it got, thanks to a few raspberry accents and orange chairs. As with any room, texture has the power to transform -- it's another element that gives this room life. Wicker chairs, a jute rug, and billowy curtains soften the crisp lines of the porch railings and columns.

Subtle Color

    For a serene yet noticeable neutral color palette, paint your walls a crisp white and paint your trim a subtle shade of beige. Although the two colors used in this porch are only slightly different, the natural light coming through the windows highlights the difference between the hues.

Lounging Porch

    Comfortable pieces of furniture, like these lounge chairs and chaise, add to the inviting space of a light-soaked sunroom or enclosed porch. For added comfort, incorporate plush pillows and a soft area rug.

Porch Dining

    Add the functionality of a dining room to an enclosed porch with a few basic furniture pieces. Start with an intimate round table and comfortable chairs, then incorporate a sideboard, credenza, or buffet. A versatile piece of furniture like this one adds storage as well as a place to set up food and drinks for a porch dinner party.

Porch Swing

    Upgrade your porch seating with a unique addition. Porches are the perfect spot for swings like this one because swings aren't usually an indoor feature.

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