Screened-in or not, these are porch ideas you wish you thought of. Screened-in porches have many benefits. You get to enjoy the sense of being outside without dealing with pesky bugs that aren’t afraid of your citronella candle. That said, some people opt to open up their screen and create more of an outdoor space. A beautiful porch space with or without screens has its perks!
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Screened-In or Not:
Porch Ideas You Wish You Thought Of
No. 1// Set Up Full-On Dining Area
Lately, it’s been a common trend for architects to leave out a formal dining room in the blueprint plans. And many historic homes aren’t fit for a large table to fit ten guests. If your home lacks space for a large table, a screened-in porch is a perfect place. Your guests will still feel a sense of privacy in a memorable atmosphere.
No. 2// Level Up Your Porch Swing with a Daybed Swing
We absolutely love day beds on porches. If swinging on a porch swing makes you feel like a kid again, you’ll love how your feet won’t touch the ground on a daybed swing. We often recommend Magnolia Porch Swings, because we love their style!
No. 3// Instead of a Screen Opt for Porch Curtains
If you don’t want something permanent like a screen, try some stylish outdoor curtains. Not only will they help with the bugs but also filter the sunlight and offer the privacy you’re looking for. We are loving these Sunbrella curtains from Ballard Designs.
No. 4// Create a Pre-Teen Reading Nook
Trying to get some kids to read is nearly impossible. Encourage older children to read and relax with a corner designed just for them. Set up a stylish hammock and a stack of books for those lazy afternoons.
No. 5// Think Beyond Traditional Screens
If you’re commissioning a custom screened-in porch, go all out and request windows that open rather than traditional screens. We love this porch by CWB Architects that is a climate-controlled hybrid sunroom to be used in all seasons.
No. 6// Skip the Screen and Add the Wall to Mix Furniture Styles
Since screened-in porches or outdoor walls have more protection from the elements than traditional porches, you can stray from furniture marketed specifically for outdoor purposes. A huge interior design trend we are seeing right now is combining different vintage and modern furniture styles in one room. You can certainly apply this rule to your porch as well.
No. 7// Paint the Trim Black
By opting for a dark trim color, you create a contrast between your bright outdoor view and the trim. It can almost make your porch screens visually disappear. We are also loving the wooden porch ceiling, rocker, and chandelier to really create a warm vibe.
No. 15// Use Palette Ottomans in Place of a Coffee Table
This porch has added privacy for guests with a green hedge above the horizontal wood wall. There is also plenty of seating. The ottomans can be used to put your feet up and relax, as well as a coffee table. We love multi-purpose pieces on large and small porches.
No. 16// Create Privacy in Other Ways
Want the best of both worlds? There are so many ways to create privacy, keep critters out, and protect yourself from the heat besides a permanent screen. Check out these patio shades that roll down at the push of a button. Like the idea? Check out Palmetto Window Fashions for more.
Overall, screened-in or not, these are ideas you wish you thought of…. for privacy and style. A beautiful porch space with or without screens has its perks!
Stop thinking of all the changes you want to make and let’s get started! Your design team at brick&batten is full of ideas. If you don’t know where to start or just want a partner in design, contact brick&batten.