Tasteful Screen Porch Ideas
Plan for the Furnishings and Amenities You Want
Our screen porch ideas are a joint effort between The Porch Company of Nashville TN, nationally
recognized builders of exquisite porches and enclosures, and the two of us.
Whether you have a small screen porch (like we once had) or a custom screen porch addition, our pictures and design tips will give you ideas for creating something special.
So sit back and take a look at these beautifully designed and furnished porches and start your own list of screen porch ideas.
Interior of a Custom Screened Porch
So please look at these photos in detail. We'll point out certain features and characteristics for you to consider for using on your own porch.
Complete with Sconce Lighting
Photos on this page courtesy of The Porch Company
(Because the photos on our site are copyrighted and as a courtesy to The Porch Company, you may not use them without permission).
Screen Porch Ideas: See These Pictures
By bringing the indoors to your porch, you can create a comfortable outdoor space that transitions from your home to the outside.
Our interior designer friend, Bohnne, says the trend is to "bring the indoors out and the outdoors in".
How Do You Transition from Your Home's Interior to the Outside?
Screen porch idea:
Bring the indoors out. The chimney mantel and sconce planter on the fireplace chase, along with the hutch and plants make for
a very seamless transition from the home's interior to this wonderful screen porch.
You can create this transition no matter the size of your screened porch.
Keep in mind; however, that certain pieces of furniture, like the soft yellow hutch for example, need to be protected from the weather.
Transition with furniture: You can also create a transition with furniture pieces on your porch. For example, this arrangement could be found in any living room and
is perfect for conversation or relaxing in front of the fire.
Note the outdoor lamp, credenza, and a whimsical piece of art on the hearth. Simple and refined - it works very nicely.
This may be a less subtle approach but the hurricane shutters provide a visual barrier, especially when the
doors to the enclosure are open, making the outdoor room appear more as part of the home's interior.
They can help to keep the porch cleaner and protected from weather.
You can adjust the shutters to give a clearer view of the yard when you want.
Another screen porch idea:
Notice how the sofa and chairs are facing toward the home's interior.
From the inside looking out onto the porch, the furniture is a truly welcome invitation.
The dining set allows the family and guests to enjoy the outside view while dining.
Of course, you could turn them to face the view outdoors, too. (I think I would enjoy that, do you?)
What Amenities Will You Want on Your Porch?
More than the basics:
Notice the flat screen TV, stone chase and hearth, custom railings, and exposed rafters in the ceiling.
Excellent screen porch ideas to consider for your room.
It's wise to know what amenities you want on your porch (like the flat screen over the fire place) so that adequate electrical requirements
can be included in the design.
Learn more about how you will use your porch affects design and construction.
What You Don't Want
You don't want an uh-oh moment AFTER your porch is completed.
If you can, plan for the amenities you want in advance so that your preferences are taken into account during construction.
Why? You don't want to feel disappointed when your porch is done - and virtually kick yourself for not planning in advance.
Haven't we all done this at least once? Mary and I included.
So, for example, do you want central speakers on your porch? Or wifi? A wet bar, perhaps? Exercise equipment?
Floor receptacles for lamps? Chandeliers, fans? Storage? Artwork? A fireplace? Sconce lighting?
Then make your life easier by planning for them in the design of your porch.
Lighting, Cushions and Rugs Warm Your Room
Lighting to creates ambiance and a feeling of home and warmth on your screen porch.
The sconce lights and outdoor floor lamp add elegance.
Can you imagine how charming and inviting this porch is in the evening with the lights lit?
We selected this picture to show you the different porch ceiling materials being used here. Is this a screen porch idea that you considered?
In one section, tongue and groove panels were used while in the adjacent area the rafters were left exposed.
Also note the can lights and sky lights in the ceiling. The screen panel frames are slightly rounded to give a softer look.
Include creature comforts:
Use comfy cushions and bunches of pillows to add pops of color and all-out comfort for your family.
Create a pleasant seating arrangement by choosing comfortable furniture and cushions to match your personality.
Don't forget the small things that count:
blanket throws for chilly evenings, a drawer stuffed with napkins and coasters, board games and an ottoman or foot stool.
Screen porch ideas can come easy indeed.
Our favorite screen porch idea:
We really like outdoor area rugs.
Do you? They sure can warm up a porch in no time. Just throw a pretty rug down and your room will change dramatically.
We'd also have you note the tall plant in the corner. Often we can forget about adding height to a room.
Include taller items, like this plant or perhaps a hutch or a tall plant stand, to give your room an interesting feel. - just as you would indoors.
Just like any room in your home, adding tasteful artwork that shows off you personality and using taller lamps is aesthetically pleasing.
With our sincere thanks to The Porch Company
for these lovely photos of their custom-designed porches.
Susan's Screen Porch Story
We want to give you a peek at how our friend Susan furnished and decorated her new screened porch.
It has a romantic cottage quality to it and looks abundantly welcoming and comfortable. Sit back and relax
while you enjoy the wonderful photos and story that Susan is sharing with us.
Susan moved into her home 18 years ago and knew that her existing deck needed to be redone. As you can
see from the "before" picture below, previous owners had neglected the deck over the years and thus Susan inherited a
well-worn deck with sagging and popping boards and a stair case that jutted into the center of her backyard, not architecturally pleasing.
Cleaning didn't work, staining didn't work. Time for a renovation.
Susan was very happy to see the old deck removed! Note the discolored siding from years of dirt being splashed on it when it rained.
As a cautionary note, whenever you remove a deck ensure that existing exterior doors are
nailed shut (like Susan did) so no one will accidentally open them and take that first "giant" step.
We are creatures of habit and as the saying goes: "It's not the fall that hurts you, it's the sudden stop at the end"!
Susan took advantage of her construction project and made several other design changes that make a huge difference as seen in the
Note how she turned the door below the small window into another window and then added French doors to the left
of it. This added a lot more light into her lower level (which she also renovated)!
Note how the deck on the left makes an excellent place for the grill and patio furniture. The deck extension on the right is
ideal for a great seating and conversation area. The pergola fits well architecturally and provides additional shade.
Note how the framing in the photos below allow for additional "transom" like screening at the top of the porch. This detail
allows hot air to escape easily during the summer months and helps to keep not only the interior of the porch cooler but the
home as well.
What a renovation and what a beautiful porch! But that's only half the story. We've
saved the best for last
; wait till you see how Susan decorated this
fantastic porch in Part II.
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