Home Decorating Why This Works: How To Make Your Porch a Three-Season Paradise

Why This Works: How To Make Your Porch a Three-Season Paradise

Extend the Porch Season with these decorating tips

Ever look at a beautiful space and wonder how did they do that—and, more importantly, how can I do something similar at home? In this outdoor edition, we break it down, using this indoor outdoor space as your guide:

It pays to go custom in an oversize space

Any decorator will tell you that an area rug makes an outdoor room. Because you have fewer tricks up your sleeve to make the “room”—whether that’s a porch or a deck—feel finished, the right size rug is especially important. It’s also often your best (and most cost-effective) option in a larger space. Plus, a custom rug underfoot adds warmth as the temperatures drop.

Pile on the pillows and throws for fall.

To extend the porch season, layer extra pillows and throw blankets into your outdoor decor. Those cozy elements will make it more appealing to linger outdoors as the temperature drops.

Create symmetry—but not too much.

In this porch, the dead-centered alignment of the sofa, coffee table, and chairs appeals to our brain’s love of symmetry, but mismatched pillows and accessories keep the room from looking too rigid. Use this equation of a symmetrical foundation and irregular accents for a sense of balance in your room (and we could all use a little extra balance these days, right?).

Go wild with patterns with a neutral color scheme

A neutral room can get boring fast. The solution? A variety of textiles in differing patterns and textures. Throw pillows, blankets, and woven basket accessories bring this neutral space to life.

Choose hardworking materials for no-stress decor

Stick to made-for-the-outdoors furnishings for indoor outdoor spaces and you can relax about the occasional stormy day or leaving them out year-round. The Mamau Dove White Outdoor Armchairs look like delicate rattan, but are actually aluminum frames wrapped in a durable man-made fiber.

Arrange your furniture strategically for social distance.

COVID has even impacted floorplans! Pushing your chairs and sofa a little further apart can make the difference between a safe social hour and a risky one. Make sure each guest has a place to rest his or her drink that doesn’t force them to get closer to guests than is comfortable or wise.

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Cindy Archer October 8, 2020 at 4:57 pm

The rug in this picture really doesn’t look like the Ginko Bark rug. The one in the photo is more monochrome and has a checkered pattern. I do like it and would love to know which one it is Thanks.

Micayla October 8, 2020 at 5:07 pm

We’re so sorry! You are correct, this rug is actually our Cress Bark Custom Rug. Great catch!

Laura Sachar October 8, 2020 at 8:02 pm

How can you keep a couch exposed to the elements like in this picture?

Micayla October 19, 2020 at 1:59 pm

Hi Laura, Thanks for writing. This is our Relax to the Max Outdoor Sofa, which is designed for outdoor use. https://annieselke.com/Relax-To-The-Max-4-Seat-Outdoor-Sofa-Linen-White-Canvas/p/RM4CW?_br_psugg_q=sofa

Gwen E Arnaud October 8, 2020 at 8:59 pm

Where can I find the 4 cushion sofa in the picture?

Micayla October 19, 2020 at 2:01 pm Reply

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