As many of us spent more time at home in the past year, home improvement was the name of the game. Perhaps you took on new landscaping projects or finally renovated your kitchen or bath. Some of you may have taken the time to enclose your back porch in order to comfortably use that outdoor space all year long – or maybe that is the project you wish to tackle this year. If that is the case, then read on for indoor and screen porch design ideas that transform this versatile room from ordinary to extraordinary.
Types of Screen Porches
What type of screen porch do you have? Is it fully enclosed by screens, windows and walls to keep the bugs out? Or perhaps just three sides are screened with one open to the outdoors. An indoor porch is one that is completely enclosed by four walls, usually with lots of windows or screens that can be opened or closed according to the temperature. In any case, all porches can be similarly styled for comfort and utility and to create a bridge between the indoors and out.
Screen Porch Design
How will you use this extra space in your home? For most of us, a screen porch or indoor porch is a great place to relax, entertain and dine. This means you will probably wish to create different zones to accommodate all three of these uses.
Long and narrow or square? A long and narrow screen porch is easy to divide into areas by use. A square porch, on the other hand, is more like a regular room in your home but also lets in less light.
To truly function as a porch, make sure there is plenty of light and air available on at least two, but preferably three, sides of the room. Instead of walls, use large windows with screens. This also increases air circulation, along with a ceiling fan. A source of heat, such as a propane or gas fire pit, is always welcome and will require sufficient air flow.
Screen Porch Decorating Tips
Since a screen or indoor porch is an extension of your indoor space, treat the décor similarly. Sofas, tables, curtains, lamps, and area rugs are all furnishings you probably have inside, so they are also right at home in your extended outdoor living area. Be sure they are made for outdoor use and feature durable upholstery fabric resistant to fading and stains as they will be subject to sun, dirt and wind.
If your porch is a place where you want to entertain, add an outdoor dining table and chairs large enough to accommodate all your guests. For a long and narrow space, look for an oblong dining set. A round pedestal table might be a better fit for a smaller porch. A buffet is a great place to store dishes and beverage ware and can also function as a drink or hors d’oeuvre station.
While wicker is a traditional style for indoor porch furniture, there is no reason to limit your choice of outdoor furnishings to wicker. Any deeply cushioned seating pieces are ideal as they offer maximum comfort and a perfect place to curl up with a good book and a glass of lemonade or cup of hot cocoa. Side tables, extra throw pillows and a plush area rug all add to the comfort of your screen porch.
We hope this guide to indoor and screen porch design ideas will help you plan a space that is cozy and inviting all year long.