The beautiful warm weather has finally arrived in Iowa, allowing us to enjoy more time outdoors. Today I’m sharing beautiful screened porch decor ideas to make the most of summer living.
I’m so excited to be joining the Summer Home Tours 2023 hosted by the lovely Marty from A Stroll Thru Life.
I’m honored to be part of this group of home decor influencers who are opening our homes for you over the course of this week. Our goal is to help you find some summer decorating ideas and inspiration that you can use in your own home.
Screened-In Porch Ideas
My family loves being outside, so when we built our home a few years ago, we made sure to include plenty of spaces for outdoor use.
We have a front porch with a porch swing, a covered back deck, a patio, and this space which has truly become an outdoor oasis.
What began as a simple screened-in porch…
Turned into this three-season porch that functions more like an outdoor living room and dining area.
This outdoor living space has become one of our favorite places. We spend just as much time here as any other room in the house.
Because of the comfortable furniture and beautiful view, it’s the perfect place for morning coffee, relaxing with a good book, and dining without swatting away insects.
Screened Porch Decor Ideas
I enjoy decorating my porch to create a space that changes with the seasons.
You might remember this cozy space with twinkle lights that I created with the help of King of Christmas last winter…
Now that summer is here in all its glory, it was time to give the porch some summer flair!
This Blue Heron artwork was the inspiration for the color scheme for this year’s summer porch.
The porch overlooks a nearby pond, and we often see a Great Blue Heron fishing in the shallow waters along the edge.
I love the vibrant pop of color it provides over the fireplace. It just feels so bright and summery, don’t you think?
The Right Furniture
Our outdoor wicker furniture is from Costco. This combination of an outdoor sofa, two accent chairs, and a couple of side tables can be used in many different configurations.
With the addition of an indoor/outdoor rug and a glass coffee table, it creates a nice seating area in front of the fireplace.
Most of the furniture pieces in the three-season porch are outdoor furniture.
They wouldn’t necessarily have to be because the windows offer protection from the weather.
However, since this room does get so much light, outdoor cushions are more fade-resistant. This also gives us the flexibility to swap furniture around to the covered porch, which we sometimes do.
To create a summery feel in the porch, I added these new throw pillows. The blue and green color in the pillows ties in nicely with the inspiration colors in the artwork.
Next, I added some fresh green plants in pots that worked with the new summer decor. I repotted this gorgeous Purple Queen into my DIY thrift store planter. Doesn’t the faux, aged copper look so realistic?
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Once I had a color scheme for the summer porch, I used a little bit of paint to make these thrift store candles fit right in. The mantel of the outdoor fireplace is the perfect spot for them.
These outdoor flickering candles on a timer are a great way to add nighttime ambiance to the mantel. They turn on and off on their own each night or can be operated with a remote.
My grandmother’s McCoy pottery is the perfect color to hold another green plant.
I have real plants on my summer porch, but it does tend to get pretty hot out here because it gets so much direct sunlight.
If you don’t want to water every day (or you just don’t have a green thumb), there’s no shame in using artificial plants. Any kind of greenery is a great addition to a summer porch design.
Opposite the seating area, we have a good-sized dining table that can seat at least six people.
Adding a matching (but larger-sized) area rug under the table creates two separate, but coordinated spaces.
It’s the perfect place to host a casual outdoor dinner. With all the windows down, it feels like outside dining, but the screens protect us from the pesky bugs.
It’s such a relaxing place to dine that my husband and I often eat our dinner out here, even when it’s just the two of us.
These Pioneer Woman placemats that were my mom’s coordinate perfectly with the colors of the summer porch. They have a checked pattern on one side and solid on the other, so they’re really two-for-one.
The utensil holder was also Mom’s. You can see how I upcycled it here.
(This summer table from a couple of years ago is still one of my favorites! And the view never gets old.)
The Summer Porch
The summer porch has already proven a great place to relax. Baby Evie fully enjoyed it on a recent visit, by watching her favorite show in her pajamas while getting some morning snuggles.
This or That?
Before you go, I’d love to gather your opinion on the mantel artwork for the summer porch.
You might remember that I recently created this DIY Decoupage Canvas from a Blue Heron print.
I had it already hanging above the mantel when I happened upon this other Blue Heron artwork at Homegoods. I think the brilliant blue color drew me in, and the taller size seemed to be a better fit for the height of the mantel.
I’m torn though, because I do like them both. I’d love for you to leave me your opinion in the comments!
Next, it’s time to hop over to visit Shelley at Calypso in the Country to see her gorgeous summer decor ideas.
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