We love a good patio, and there’s no denying the pleasure of a perfectly landscaped garden, but if there’s one type of outdoor space that we can’t resist, it’s a porch. There’s something just so comforting about this quintessentially American space, and there’s no place we’d rather spend out spend lazy summer evenings.
Plus, since porches benefit from partial protection from the elements, they are ripe for creative styling—you can go bohemian and try lots of throws and pillows, or try a modern elegance with metal accents and plush velvets. We can’t think of a better place to relax with a drink in hand, and after seeing our favorites, you’ll soon see why.
There are so many charming features in this newlywed fixer upper, but the wraparound porch is clearly the highlight. “We love spending a lot of time on the porch when we’re home on the weekends,” says designer Peace Lehman, who calls the space home. The vintage rattan lounge set was a local Instagram buy. Lehman enlisted the help of her mom to sew the covers for the seat cushions.
The monochromatic color scheme serene Newport modern farmhouse gets a fun interruption with the pale blue front door. Furnishings are kept minimal with two wiry wing chairs and a couple of planters.
Seventeen (yes, you read that right) designers combined to create this Tennessee home—but of all the spaces, the porch has to be our favorite. It works as a comfortable extension of the home, using similar patterns and prints, like neutral wood accents, a geometric rug, and statement boho lighting.
We can’t get enough of the stunning contrast between the whitewashed walls and stained wood floor of this charming setup. A muted motley of throw pillows create a spot worth sinking into.
This is seaside living at its best, with a muted color scheme that complements the stunning backdrop. File this one under an entertainer’s dream—dining area included.
A dreamy setup amidst a sea of greens and fresh flowers, with a complementary set of rustic furnishings, we’re in love with this nature-inspired setup. Wood chair detailing completes the look.
A vibrant pop of color provides the perfect backdrop for a pair of striped chaise lounges in an intimate space. The pop of color in the windows add more fun, and prevent the area from looking too one-note.
A whitewashed space complete with vintage details, plush textures, and a bold touch of vibrant patterns, we could sit for hours reading and relaxing on the soft white couch. The sloped ceiling boasts rustic comfort in the best way.
Waterfront living? Skip the furniture and deck the space with a roomy hammock built for two. It’s so unconventional, and the rattan detailing gives it a natural element.
A potted palm and a tear drop swing chair set the tone for a tropical escape in this dreamy poolside retreat. Think summer living—the breezy chairs will make you want to stay out longer than you normally would.
Skip the family-style layout and opt for a solo daybed instead: It’s perfect for a midday nap on a hot summer’s day. Lunch in bed, anyone?
A bold array of patterns and raw textures emulate the simplicity of this rustic setup. Nautical themes are also abound in the throw patterns, with several plants adding warmth.
How fabulous are those arches? With classic white rocking chairs and a sleek gray painted floor, this porch is calling our name on any given summer evening.
This bamboo outdoor sofa brings a little Palm Beach-chic to this traditional home. It’s the perfect substitute for a traditional patio, but just as chic.
Arranging your furniture for guests to easily converse makes your outdoor space feel more like a room. Add a graphic rug to tie everything together.
A screen porch is the quintessential way to beat the heat. A whitewashed picnic table, bistro lights and bench seating make this space perfect for a communal summer meal.
Hang a hammock in the corner for the ultimate hideaway. An iron pendant light and black wicker furniture create contrast on this pretty porch.
Who says drapes have to stay indoors? These panels add a pop of orange to this blissfully blue space—a lesson in maximalism, if you will.
Although this porch is not exceptionally large, these high-back, ornate wicker chairs add a serious wow factor. The monochrome design ties everything together without making the area look cluttered.
Throw down a hide rug to add texture and pattern to a neutral space. Whites and beiges also add a sense of comfort, so you’ll want to lay there all summer long.
Planters overflowing with blue hydrangeas bring drama to this stone porch—which shows you don’t necessarily need seating area on a porch to make it look exciting. Flowers are a lovely way to add some personality to a small space.
Section off your porch into different areas for maximum use of your outdoor space. The white curtains is such a fun way to do that, and really lets each area have its own vibe.
This post was originally published on May 27, 2017. It has been updated with new information.