Screened porches are a great asset to a home. We enjoy ours because it protects us from bugs and keeps us cool while enjoying fresh air in the summer. With Spring almost here and temperatures rising, we will use our porch more often as a second living space. Last summer we purchased two new (to us) chairs from the thrift store and an outdoor rug on clearance. But I am always on the hunt for creative screened in back porch inspiration to decorate our own porch and make it more useable.
When looking through inspiration pictures I recommend finding an idea from each image: the ceiling color, the texture on the pillows, the scale of the rug. Looking at multiple image sources will help you define your own style (instead of mimicking exactly what you see in the image). Would you prefer to have a light and bright, coastal screened in porch? Or would you prefer a dark and moody, cabin inspired screened in porch? Or blend a bit of both styles!
Scroll down for 10 creative screened porches
1. A Classic, Neutral Screened Porch. Image Source: One Kindesign, Dee Simons Interiors
This space looks incredibly relaxing. The blue rug gives a nice contrast to the warm wood ceiling. The space provides plenty of seating for guests…and pillows! This image makes me want to go out and buy more pillows for our screened in porch.
2. Cheerful Throw Pillows with Dark Walls. Image Source: Southern Living, Erica George Dines
The dark walls in this room give contrast to fun pillows in a lot of different patterns. The room looks flexible too—space for dining or lounging on the couch. A great use of space!
3. Rustic-Modern Porch. Image Source: Fazio Architects
This Austin, TX screened in room has a rustic-modern feel with wood ceiling and concrete floors. I love the neutral, mid century style furniture and coffee table in the room. The full length screens bring in more of the outdoor air & light, and the string lights are a nice feature at night.
4. Moroccan Lantern Porch. Image Source: House & Home
The metal lanterns from Morocco and dark walls in this screened in porch add detail & character to the room. The wicker chairs with sofa look comfortable for guests.
5. White Screened in Porch. Image Source: Lynzy & Co.
The vintage boat oar in this screened in space adds warmth & a focal point to this bright and cheerful space. I also like the shiplap on the lower half of the wall, and the little herb garden fits perfectly between the outdoor sofa and chair.
6. Screened Porch with Fireplace. Image Source: HGTV, Thomas Espinoza
Would you use a fireplace on a screened porch? We don’t have one, but it gives a nice focal point to the space and I’m sure a fireplace keeps the room warm on cool nights. I like the blue painted walls in this room contrasted with a few orange pillows.
7. A Colorful Screened-In Porch. Image Source: Rain on a Tin Roof
This screened porch is so cheerful. I like that the room has a clear dining space and she painted the floor in thick stripes--amazing! I also really like her orange painted chairs.
8. Calm Coastal Screened Porch. Image Source: Coastal Living, Peter Frank Edwards
The porch swing here is a fun alternative to rocking chairs. I also love the pale blue painted ceiling and that the side chair pattern matches the pillows (I don’t like furniture too coordinated but in this room it works).
9. Calm, Neutral Screened Porch. Image Source: Deeply Southern Home
This white outdoor space has some warm accents with blue pillows, a nice blend. I love the large planters she built from cedar fencing! The plants and lanterns add a lot of character to the room.
10. Warm, Breezy Screened In Porch: Coastal Living, Laurey Glenn, Stylist Heather Chadduck Hillegas
This Sulilvan’s Island screened porch caught my eye for its unique wood frame sectional and large fiddle-leaf fig plant. If you need a low-maintenance faux fiddle-leaf fig plant, check out World Market or West Elm (I have a faux from IKEA and it isn’t very realistic).
Did any of these outdoor spaces inspire you to make changes to your screened porch design? Personally, I would like to tone down the warm tone in our porch and introduce more cool colors. But I need to talk to my husband first--the screened in porch is his man-cave during the summer!