Patio / June 16, 2018 / .
This 35 foot long by 9 foot deep back porch respects porches of the past by using traditional shading devices such as a trellis at one end. Comfortable rattan chairs, cushioned in red, yellow, and green, add cheer to this outdoor living room. Ceiling fans help cool the space during sultry summer days, while three copper finish lanterns contribute to the ambience. The clean lined lattice shed gorgeous shadows across the porchs brick wall in the afternoons, and it is a beautiful setting in which to spend a lazy summer afternoon. The plush patterned cushions perched in the rattan chairs do not steal the show, but the do add a familiar, traditional Southern touch.
French doors open directly from the kitchen to a front porch dining area that acts as an extension of this homes interior. It is an inviting place for a morning paper and evening entertaining alike. This area is awash with morning light. Its simple table and chairs, plus drapes in a hue somewhere between cornflower and seafoam, create a lovely, soothing outdoor oasis. There is space for everyone on this dining porch, who has plenty of options for settling down in a warm slant of light across the carpet, this space is set aglow at all hours of the day.
The stone fireplace creates a focal point, adds a heat source, and visually links the porch with the rock columns inside. The fireplace is practical and stunning. Flanked by container-columns which hold chopped wood, it is a year-round focal point for the room, and in winter it becomes a practical feature, ensuring that no one will need to go outside to chop wood in the col weather. The light-wood furniture is arranged in a U formation to create an optimal seating arrangement for the space. The cushions are covered in a lovely, soothing, ocean-toned fabric, which complements the light wood of the furniture and the earthy, light sandstone hues of the fireplace.
A popular design choice, this porch ceiling is also painted blue for a playful nod to traditional style. Porch ceilings are painted blue, a tradition that began with culture. The color evokes the water and was said to keep evil spirits away from the home. The traditional ceiling color is a soft greenish blue hue known as Haint Blue across the region. This tradition has spread north, and blue porch ceilings can be found across the country. A fan keeps this lovely area cool on warm days, and curtains add privacy to the space.