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Create an Outdoor Porch Retreat

Enjoy the great outdoors from the comfort of your porch. Explore various porch styles to find the perfect setup for your home.

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    • Sunny Spot

      A soothing palette of gray and ivory creates a welcoming atmosphere in this sunny porch. An interesting mix of seating makes the outdoor space feel more like an indoor living area. Small rockers are perfect for kids, while a spacious sofa accommodates multiple guests and is also ideal for napping, thanks to its generous depth. The outdoor rug beneath the seating area adds texture underfoot.

    • Garden Party

      Delicate floral patterns, accents of pink, and oodles of sunshine create a feminine atmosphere on this porch. The walls and ceiling were painted white, which lends a neutral backdrop for a variety of garden-inspired accessories. A vintage birdcage placed in one corner serves as a one-of-a-kind floral display.

    • Perfect Mix

      This narrow porch makes a big style statement thanks to the colorful, patterned tile floor. A trio of chairs outfitted with black-and-white seat cushions provide seating, but the monochromatic patterns don't draw attention away from the flooring. A white garden stool serves as a tiny end table. The lightweight furnishings can easily be moved around to create a larger seating group.

    • Spacious Sanctuary

      This large outdoor porch provides the perfect summertime entertaining area. The grand space was split into two seating areas, one with a dining table and one with a sofa and chairs. A palette of soft neutrals unifies both areas. Outdoor drapes can be drawn to diffuse bright sunlight to ensure diners don't need to squint their way through a meal.

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    • Style and Function

      Punchy coral seat cushions add a splash of color and contrast to this porch. The sturdy metal outdoor furniture can stand up to the wear and tear of everyday living and the natural elements. Nearby, a kid-size seating arrangement, complete with a table and chairs, provides a spot for the littlest members of the family.

    • Outdoor Living

      This pretty porch has all the comforts of the inside brought outside. The outdoor furniture comes equipped with cozy seat cushions and colorful patterned throw pillows. Ceiling fans help circulate the air to prevent the space from feeling sticky. Lamps and recessed lighting illuminate the space after the sun goes down.

    • Stellar Stripes

      This covered sunporch makes the most of its tropical surroundings. The daybeds, outfitted with bold striped seat cushions, offer plenty of seating. Sunshine yellow accents scattered throughout the space add a needed pop of color to the strong black-and-white palette.

    • Color Me Modern

      Sleek-lined furniture and minimal accessories give this outdoor living space a modern feel. A small painting hung above the fireplace makes the space feel homey. Pink accents scattered throughout add a splash of color to the neutral space.

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      Tasteful and Traditional

      This narrow porch doesn't scrimp on style. The shapely fireplace surround and mantel provide a touch of traditional glamour. The upholstered coffee table provides a comfy footrest for a relaxing afternoon. The graceful arched passageways frame views of the garden beyond.

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      Open Spaces

      This large concrete patio is the perfect space for summertime entertaining. On one side, a dining table and chairs benefit from a grill and an outdoor fireplace. On the other side, an arrangement of teak furniture offers a cozy space to relax and chat with guests. Ceiling fans installed in both sections help circulate the air.

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      Welcome Home

      A small dining area in this porch provides a casual spot to enjoy a meal in the summertime. The contrast in materials between the wicker chairs and the metal dining table creates a relaxed and inviting atmosphere.

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      Fabulous Fireplace

      An outdoor fireplace adds interior comforts to this exterior living space. The brick surround helps the piece look grounded, but doesn't obstruct all of the views of the gardens beyond. A ceiling fan installed above the seating area helps circulate warm air around after the sun goes down.

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      Life on the Outside

      Here, four chairs and a love seat create a cozy outdoor living area. The navy-and-white striped seat cushions pair stylishly with orange throw pillows and accessories. The stone fireplace makes it easy to entertain throughout multiple seasons.

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      Old Meets New

      A dramatic cathedral ceiling and stone arches give this porch an old-world feeling. Contemporarylook furnishings—such as the glass coffee table, patterned area rug, and slipcovered furniture—help balance the porch's traditional styling.

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      Thoroughly Modern

      A sleek built-in banquette and a fir-plank ceiling treatment lend modern appeal to this porch. The sunny yellow hue of the banquette's seat cushion repeats itself on the curvy wicker chairs nearby. A woven red area rug beneath the freestanding seating area helps the ground the space.

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      Color Story

      Wicker furniture in driftwood-inspired hues echoes the look of the focal point fireplace surround on this porch. The traditional wicker furnishings get a boost of modernity thanks to crisp white seat cushions and striking orange accents. An iron lantern hung above the seating area helps illuminate the space after the sun goes down.

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      Table for Two

      A small cafe table and chairs makes the most of limited space on this porch. The dainty arrangement offers the perfect spot to enjoy a good book on a summer afternoon without overwhelming the limited surface area. Potted plants scattered throughout the porch add color.

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      Exotic Escape

      A mix of wooden accents and colorful potted plants gives this porch an exotic treatment you'd expect to find in a paradise retreat. Ceramic garden stools stand in as all-weather alternatives to an ottoman or cocktail table.

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      Naturally Modern

      This backyard oasis blends contemporary design with natural elements. A large paper chandelier comes to life as the room's focal point. A simple color palette of neutral tones and warm accent hues brightens the space. The low L-shape sofa, wooden coffee table, and open walls create a Zen-like ambiance.

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      Under Cover

      A high-rise canopy adds whimsy to this outdoor haven. Handsome bamboo shades break up sunlight and create privacy, while potted plants enhance the area's organic look. A subtle border is made by circularly positioned furniture, giving the space a true roomlike feel.

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      Almost Indoors

      A high ceiling, colorful accents, and well-placed furniture make this outdoor living area feel like a real room. The porch's almost-indoor structure, with enclosed sides and sound ceiling, offers protection from the elements, making it ideal to entertain in almost any weather. A modern picnic table provides a place to eat and socialize, and cushioned chairs with colorful pillows create an inviting nook.

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      Sit a Spell

      Add charm to your porch with comfortable furnishings and unique elements. A primary seating area and a separate dining nook help break up the long, narrow expanse of this classic porch. Striped accent pillows atop pink cushion fabric give these white wicker furnishings a colorful pop, and a large rug adds a fun twist to the space.

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      Blur the Line

      Just a step up from the ground, the fine line where this porch ends and the backyard begins is blurred by greenery. A modest amount of furnishings and a large curtain keep this retreat light and bright without losing its connection to the backyard.

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      Beyond the Sea

      This laid-back living space gets its look from bright, beachy colors. Light blues, greens, oranges, and pinks pair with white for an inviting atmosphere. A traditional porch swing was converted into a rocker and painted lime green. The wicker furnishings are lightweight and can be easily arranged for entertaining.

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      Thoughtful Grouping

      Like any small space, a narrow porch needs thoughtful furniture choices and arrangements to ensure the best use of space. Simple, functional furniture pieces, such as a straight-back bench and lightweight, portable chairs, emphasize flexibility in a small space.

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      Classic Comfort

      This porch features a cozy nook for outdoor dining. A basic blue-and-white color palette keeps with the casual ambiance. Oversize curtains partition the space to make it more intimate.

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      Color Burst

      Wake up basic white furnishings with a splash of color. Bright accents, such as seasonal flowers, a decorative screen, and pink-and-yellow throw pillows, add punches of color and comfort.

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      Scenic Escape

      What could be more appealing on a warm day than lounging in a comfy seat, gazing out at a lake view or landscape? A large L-shape sofa anchors the seating group on this spacious porch. A small table can serve as a dining area or a place to serve drinks and appetizers. An open floor plan makes this the perfect place for relaxing, entertaining, and gathering.

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