5 Essential Porch Designs

green porchOutdoor living spaces, more and more popular these days, are a wonderful way to enjoy nature, relax, and watch the world go by.  In days gone by, the front porch was the place to greet your neighbors after dinner, or spend a lazy afternoon reading.  Today the nostalgia of the front porch is showing up not only in new in-town homes, but in the way we use our backyards, screened porches, patios, and decks.

I love looking at photos of porches in magazines and online websites to get ideas for our own porch.  And one thing I’ve noticed is there are really 5 essential porch designs that seem to show up again and again. 

#1:  Seating  

No matter how large or small the space is, seating is the first thing to consider.  Do you want a private space that’s just for you?  Or do you want a cozy romantic area for two?


beach porch


#2:  Accent Table 

We all need a table to place a drink or a book while we’re enjoying our outdoor space.  The size and number of tables you need is based on how many people will use the porch…and how much space you have.




#3  Rug 

Rugs are the anchoring point for any seating group.  They pull it all together, and create a more inviting space.


porch with swing


#4  Accessories to Make It Yours 

Adding your own accessories will truly make the space your own.  They also set the tone for how you want your porch to feel.  Pillows, outdoor draperies, and flowers all add to a room that says “ Let’s relax here”.


colorful porch


#5 Plants 

Plants add a sense of calm to any space, and outdoor rooms are no exception.


white porch


Ceiling Fan