Patio / June 5, 2018 / .
It is no secret that we live for our porches. Is there any memory sweeter than those of childhood suppers on screened porches, or swinging the night away on the perfectly-designed porch. Face it: we pay for our mild winters with our sultry summers, and while modern air-conditioning may have made those deep porches of the past unnecessary, our Southern spirit just can not imagine our homes without our porches, whether they are wraparound, screened in, or a whole new porch design idea. A farmhouse porch just begs for a deep swing, piled with pillows and a tiny place to plant your iced tea. Maybe the classic white porch, with a row of inviting rocking chairs, is your style. Trust us, porch design ideas are something we take very seriously down here. We love a natural screened in porch that invites the landscape inside. Take a look at some of our favorite porch designs; maybe you will find some ideas for your own perfect perch.
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.
Just off the kitchen, this screened porch connects the interior to the patio for seamless entertaining. An enormous, dazzling wall of windows brings the outdoors inside for the sensation of al fresco living and dining. This porch is a master class in print and pattern mixing. The bench cushions are upholstered in a sea-inspired print, which, while a pattern, serves as a grounding, neutral base for the panoply of patterns represented in the porchs throw pillows. The cream base ties it all together, providing a soothing and connective backdrop for the pillow hues—assorted peaches, greens, blues, navies, and grays. A distressed table and chairs add to the ambience.
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.