Beautiful Screened Porch Decor Ideas for Summer

Blue Heron Mantel

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.

If you’re visiting today from Eleanor Rose Home, welcome! I’m so glad you’ve found your way to The House on Silverado! Wasn’t her summer kitchen decor lovely?

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…

screened porch decor

Turned into this three-season porch that functions more like an outdoor living room and dining area.

Screen porch for summer

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.

screen porch sunset view

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!

Design Inspiration

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.

Screened Porch decor blue heron

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

Summer screend porch with blue heron art

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.

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My grandmother’s McCoy pottery is the perfect color to hold another green plant.

Screened porch decor

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.

Dining Area

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.

Summer dining in the screen porch

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.)

Summer Porch Decor

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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32 thoughts on “Beautiful Screened Porch Decor Ideas for Summer

  1. Love the porch. My question is about the flooring. Is it decking? Can cold air seep through it? Or bugs?
    Also love the decor.

    1. Hello Daphne,
      Yes, it’s cedar decking. It initially just had screen underneath to keep out the bugs. A year later, we added insulation and hardy siding underneath to keep the wind out and make it a bit warmer. 🙂
      Thanks so much for your kind words.

  2. What a lovely and relaxing room to use all Summer long!! It must be amazing to be able to eat ‘outside’ without swatting at flies, bees and mosquitos 🙂 I love both heron art pieces but the blue really pops against the darker wall. Happy Summer!

  3. Simply beautiful Niky! I sure miss the screened porch form our last home. It was our favorite room “in” that house.

    Thanks for sharing at the Fabulous Friday Link Party. We are thrilled to be featuring you this week.

  4. I’ll be over to take in that view soon! I love the taller painting with blues, it really sets the tone for your space. I bet you really get to enjoy this space Niky, I know I would if I were you. Some days I think we would have loved it in the country, but we ended up right where we were supposed to I think.

  5. Hi Niky! What an amazing space! Love it! Who wouldn’t want to have dinner with that view? I love the blue heron piece on the mantel. Great touring with you. Blessings, Lori

  6. What a beautiful outdoor space you have! If I had a view like that, you’d never get me away from it – what a cozy sitting area! We only have a small covered porch, but I love how we can sit outside in summer even when it rains – especially when it rains! 🙂 Pinning this for later, happy summer!

  7. Niky your patio is pure perfection! I love seeing your sweet grands. Both pieces of artwork are gorgeous. I featured a great blue heron on my website just yesterday! If I had to pick I do like the one with brighter colors. You can perhaps use the softer toned artwork in the fall/winter. It’s always a joy to be on tour with you.

  8. How awesome it would be to have a screened in patio like that and be able to use it 3 seasons! Around here we barely poke our heads out from May to September and then again December thru February. Looks so nice. I can see why y’all enjoy it. Happy Summer Niky!

    1. Thanks so much, Cindy. It’s pretty hot here and humid in July and August. We recently bought a little portable AC unit on wheels for the porch so we can enjoy it for even longer! Pretty soon it will just be an addition to the house at this rate. 🙂

  9. Oh my goodness this space is incredible! You’re so lucky to have an extension of your home like this, and that view is priceless. I would spend all of my time out here that is for sure. Gorgeous in every way! Enjoy your summer in your beautiful space!

  10. Niky, I love your screened porch, it’s decorated so beautifully! This is something I wish we had at our house, maybe one day! Happy summer and thank you for the inspiration!

  11. Oh my, your screened-in porch is a dream. We live outside so much here so a screened porch would be a real treat. I love how you’ve decorated it with soft summer colors and that view is to die for. I think that is where I would be most of the time. I love both pictures, so I think I would swap them out from time to time. Thanks so much for joining the tour this season, your porch is an inspiration for most of us.

  12. Wow, your porch looks amazing! I’ve always wanted to add one to my house. I’m sure you’re enjoying all your time out there…and it looks like sweet Evie is too! I love the colors you used and the way you styled the fireplace. Thanks for the lovely introduction to my blog…great touring with you!

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