Porch and Deck Makeover in Stages
Infused with Style
During warm months, ditch the indoors for a place to bask in the sun. This drab screen porch and adjoining deck transform into a fabulous retreat, thanks to a mix of durability and comfort achieved in a three-step makeover.
The deck is an ideal place to spend an afternoon, but views of the air-conditioning unit, trash cans, and neighboring houses leave much to be desired. An iron chaise longue is not ideal for stretching out. Outfitting both the deck and screen porch with pieces that are comfortable, stylish, and able to withstand the elements is essential.
The teak table and chairs set is OK for a quick meal, but it's not a restful place to enjoy a long dinner with friends. The screen porch also lacks a link to the outdoors. A few potted plants tie the space to the backyard, but adding lush greenery would strengthen that connection and create a getaway, vacation-esque environment.
The next step of the makeover focuses on making the space more inviting. Seating options both under cover and in the open air begin the transformation by introducing comfort and style. On the deck, a bistro table and chairs set replaces the chaise longue. The new set features modern lines, a woven look that complements a new sectional inside, and a ceramic tabletop that won't be damaged by summer thunderstorms.
Inviting Dining Space
A new furniture configuration adds lots of seating to the screen porch. In one corner, an outdoor sectional replaces the plain teak table. The synthetic base has the look of wicker but is durable enough to handle the elements in every season. Plush upholstered cushions are both inviting and functional: They encourage you to sink in and relax, while the innovative foam that fills them lets water drain out rather than soak in. Outdoor fabrics on the cushions and throw pillows are engineered to resist fading in the sunlight.
Light fixtures next to the sectional provide a warm glow when entertaining and task lighting when working from home. The outdoor-safe floor lamp features a mod lampshade, which adds to the porch's new modern style. In a space that's flooded with sunlight most of the day, it's easy to overlook lighting, which is an essential element of making this room usable any time of the day or night.
A Whole New Space
For the next and final stage of the makeover, added touches and thoughtful details elevate the screen porch and deck to a truly comfortable and gorgeous space. Flowers, plants, and trees surround the deck's new seating and provide intimacy, blocking out signs that the rest of the neighborhood is just a few feet away.
A Softer Touch
Soft elements -- such as the window treatments, plethora of throw pillows, tablecloth on the bistro table, and area rug -- give the screen porch style and comfort. More amazing than their stylish impact is that all of these elements are made from outdoor-safe fabrics, including the curtain-panel ties and tablecloth trim.
Accessories with Panache
Pretty vases and other accents provide finishing touches. These accessories stay within the space's lime-and-turquoise color palette, while fresh pink flowers provide a pop of interest.
Refresh Accessories with Paint
Did you know you can use spray paint to add fresh color to your decor? Watch and learn how to update a flower pot with this quick makeover project.
Four ceramic tables in bright turquoise and lime green push together to create one large coffee table. The tables can be pulled apart for specific tasks or additional seating. Ceramic is a smart choice for this area because it's waterproof and sturdy. The existing woven table was moved to the side of the sectional to become an end table.
Attention to Details
Tabletop gardens composed of flowers, candles, and decorative baubles rest on each surface. Nature-inspired accents, such as this bird figurine, give the space a sophisticated, environmental flair.
Throw pillows add pizzazz to seating with fun patterns, colorful trim, and knot details, all made to stand up to the elements. Outdoor fabric is an ideal, stylish choice for sun-filled areas, outdoor rooms, and high-traffic indoor spaces because it's waterproof, fade- and stain-resistant, and available in a multitude of colors and patterns, from upholstery weight to sheer.
Bonus: Easiest Makeover Ideas
Give your own outdoor room a quick pick-me-up. These creative, character-boosting updates are fast, easy, and won't break the bank.