28 Beautiful Screened-In Porch Ideas that You Will Love

By: Caroline Warnock |

Screened-in porches are excellent for any home by creating a space to enjoy the outdoors that’s safe from insects and the elements.

There are a lot of different options to explore to create your perfect porch area, so you’ll have to think about what you’ll be using it for.

Do you want to have a big space for dining and entertaining? Is it mostly for relaxing and enjoying the view? Read on to get inspired for your own home!

Add Splashes of Color Here and There

Add Splashes of Color Here and There
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Your screened-in porch definitely doesn’t need to be decorated in natural and earthy tones. You can add bright colors to bring some light and spark to the room, like the pale blue and bright pink of this porch. 

There is a real mix of materials in this room, including the wicker chairs, the stone fireplace, and the dark wood panelled ceilings. It all ties together nicely though, thanks to the large rug and bright complementary pillows.

Make it Bright and Spacious with Floor-to-Ceiling Windows

Make it Bright and Spacious with Floor-to-Ceiling Windows
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The main point of a screened-in porch is having an outdoors area that’s protected from bugs and the elements. That’s why it’s important for your design to be truly open to the outdoors, allow you to see everything outside, and let in a lot of natural light. 

This example does all of this, thanks to the gorgeous, large paned floor-to-ceiling windows. It doesn’t need much decor-wise, because the views out the window speak for themselves.

Paint the Floors and Furniture in Bright Colors

Paint the Floors and Furniture in Bright Colors
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This screened-in porch shows us that you can be bright and daring in color choice and it can still look great. If you want to add some vibrancy and life to your porch but you’re on a budget, you may want to consider painting your floors and furniture. 

The concrete floors here are painted in a wide striped pattern, and the chair frames have been painted a bold peach tone to match the curtains.

Get a Matching Vintage Fiberglass Furniture Set

Get a Matching Vintage Fiberglass Furniture Set
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Although the concept of a porch has been around since ancient Greece, it only took off in the United States in the 1840s. Porches are now iconic symbols of American architecture, especially in southern and coastal states. 

You can bring back the old-fashioned spirit by getting vintage furniture like this fiberglass furniture set. It’s been spruced up with pillows and seating to make it more comfortable, but the vintage look remains.

Create a Space for Dining and Lounging

Create a Space for Dining and Lounging
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If you have enough room on your porch, you can create enough space for both lounging and dining, since those are two great uses of the screened-in area. 

The lounge space here looks very comfortable with an abundance of pillows, and the table pulled up to the couch gives a lot of seating options for a dinner get-together. 

Add an Outdoor Kitchen Space

Add an Outdoor Kitchen Space
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If you love entertaining or firing up the grill, you can actually incorporate your barbecue in your screened-in porch. Make sure you’ve got a lot of seating for your dinner guests, like we see here. 

Then, add counter space and drawers on either side of the grill for cutlery and dinnerware as well as food preparation. The result is a kitchen area that’s ready for entertaining—all that’s missing is a kitchen sink for washing up!

Make a Fireplace Your Focal Point

Make a Fireplace Your Focal Point
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Having a fireplace in your screened-in porch is an amazing idea for a protected fire on cooler evenings or just to create a welcoming atmosphere. 

This homeowner took the idea a step further, and chose to make the fireplace the focal point of the porch. That’s easily achieved by building it in the center of the space and creating a bright, eye-catching tile fireplace that works with the rest of the decor style and color.

Furnish with Adirondack Chairs for a Relaxed Look

Furnish with Adirondack Chairs for a Relaxed Look
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This screened-in porch goes back to the basics for a relaxed, no fuss appearance. At the end of the day, all you really need on your porch are some comfortable chairs for relaxing, some lighting, and a good view to enjoy. 

This porch delivers all of that, without the additional hassle of upholstered furniture or tons of surfaces to keep clean. Look for Adirondack chairs for the ultimate outdoorsy seating option that’s still comfortable.

Create the Farmhouse Look with Repurposed Materials

Create the Farmhouse Look with Repurposed Materials
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This porch looks like it’s straight out of a 1920s farmhouse in a ranching state, down to the cowboy hat and boots left by the door. 

You can get this look yourself by buying furniture made from repurposed materials like these old-fashioned rocking chairs, or by building your own. Top off the look with these large house doors styled to look like barn doors and painted bright red.

Make It Comfortable with Tons of Pillows

Make It Comfortable with Tons of Pillows
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This setup is optimized for getting comfortable and enjoying looking at the outdoors. Look for upholstered pillows that you can easily clean if anyone makes a mess with their drink or food.

As you can see, all the seating is angled towards the large windows, and the couches are piled high with pillows. Just be careful—you might find that you end up spending a lot of time napping here because it’s too comfortable! 

A Few Chairs Are Enough for Small Spaces

A Few Chairs Are Enough for Small Spaces
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You don’t need to have too much stuff on a screened-in porch. The essentials are comfortable chairs for lounging and enjoying the views, and maybe an end table for convenience. 

Everything else is extra, so don’t worry about decorating your porch if you’ve only got a small space. Stick to buying a couple of chairs, and if you can manage it, a hanging porch swing.

Install a Porch Swing Instead of a Couch

Install a Porch Swing Instead of a Couch
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A porch swing is a pretty classic fixture on a screened-in porch. A few of the ideas we’ve seen so far have included a porch swing. You can either get a swing on a stand, or hang it from the ceiling. 

It’s a more relaxed option than a couch, perfect for gently swinging and relaxing in the near-outdoors. Just make sure to follow the setup instructions so it’s not too heavy or ends up hanging crooked.  

Keep it Simple and Clutter-Free with Minimal Decor

Keep it Simple and Clutter-Free with Minimal Decor
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A lot of the screened-in porch ideas involve minimal decor, only the basic furniture required for a comfortable experience. That’s because you don’t want to take away or distract from the view outside by cluttering your porch with unnecessary accessories. 

When you decorate your porch, think about what you want to have and what’s essential for you, then later on you can decide how many extra decorations you want to add.

Add a Retractable Screen to the Outdoors

Add a Retractable Screen to the Outdoors
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What better way to connect with the outdoors than to install a retractable screen on your porch? You can have the space fully open and let a nice breeze come through on sunny days, then close it before the bugs and mosquitos come out. 

As you can see in this example, the doors from the screened-in porch area to the inside of the home are also wide open, which allows great natural flow throughout the space.

Go Rustic with Natural, Exposed Wood

Go Rustic with Natural, Exposed Wood
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I can practically smell the fresh wood just by looking at this porch! The rustic look is perfect for a porch, and this one looks just like the inside of a summer cabin. 

The exposed wooden frame and ceiling and natural wood furniture works great with the concrete floor and the exposed lights hanging around the space. The screened windows on all three sides means you can have a great view in almost every direction.

Create an Entertainment Area with a TV

Create an Entertainment Area with a TV
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Some screened-in porches have so much furniture and accessories, they look like just another room in the house. And there’s nothing wrong with that! 

If you want to have a television on your porch, there’s no reason you can’t put one up, especially if you have a lot of space for other furniture like in this photo. The screened-in porch is large enough for a long seating area, dining area, and console and television set.

Hang Up Twinkle Lights for Atmosphere

Hang Up Twinkle Lights for Atmosphere
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You can hang up some twinkle lights across your covered porch for an intimate nighttime experience. In reality, you don’t need much more than that in terms of lighting. 

Since you’re out there to enjoy the outdoors, you don’t want it to be too bright at night apart from a reading light or two. Hang your twinkle lights either all around the porch wall or criss crossed across the ceiling like in this example.

Add Large Plants to Bring in the Outdoors

Add Large Plants to Bring in the Outdoors
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You can add a lot of plants to your porch space to bring more of the outdoors to this transition area. It’s an absolutely gorgeous look, especially this mix of larger plants and ferns and smaller terrariums. 

With big windows on all three sides, your plants are guaranteed to get enough sunlight, and even a nice breeze through the screens. The green of the plants looks really great with white and wicker furniture. 

Get Brick Floors and High Ceilings

Get Brick Floors and High Ceilings
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Because your porch is halfway to the outdoors, you can use different materials for your flooring than inside the house. This brick would feel great underfoot and has a great appearance for a porch area, especially when paired with high wooden ceilings. 

It creates the feeling of wide open space and airiness, which is exactly what you want for a porch. Finish off the look with a comfortable, wide porch swing.

Paint the Walls Dark for an Intimate Porch

Paint the Walls Dark for an Intimate Porch
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A lot of the porches we’ve seen have white or light-colored decor styles. You can still go dark for your wall color though, to create a more intimate atmosphere. 

The dark walls here make the whole area seem sleek and modern, and the splashes of color on the couches and chairs brighten up the room. Make sure your windows are big enough to let in a lot of light so your porch doesn’t feel too gloomy.

Create a Cozy Cottage Feel with Stone Wall and White Porch

Create a Cozy Cottage Feel with Stone Wall and White Porch
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This porch looks absolutely charming, like it’s right off the back of a cute stone cottage. A stone wall like this one works really well with a white frame and ceiling, as we see here. 

The furniture is a lovely matching green wicker set: a couch, porch swing, table, and chair, and they match the window shutters very well. The whole thing looks like a picturesque and simple cottage porch.

Get French Doors to Connect the Home to the Porch

Get French Doors to Connect the Home to the Porch
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It’s a great idea to get wide double doors from your home to your screened-in porch. On sunny days, you can leave them wide open to let tons of fresh air into your home and create an open concept feel between the porch and adjoining room. 

The whole side of the house here, including the doors, is almost completely made up of windows. That’s great for creating an open, spacious area both inside and outside.

Buy Pale Wood Frame Furniture in a Natural Finish

Buy Pale Wood Frame Furniture in a Natural Finish
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This pale wooden furniture is very unobtrusive, keeping the focus of the porch on the views outside. I typically don’t like overly matching furniture sets, but this one is modest and simple enough that it works well in this space. 

For the couch, there is a simple base without armrests, and the same wood is used for a comfortable armchair and footrest combination. The pale wood paired with light-colored upholstery is relaxed and coastal.

Add a Hanging Bed for the Perfect Napping Spot

Add a Hanging Bed for the Perfect Napping Spot
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There are a lot of benefits and uses to having a screened-in porch, from keeping the bugs away to serving as a great space for entertaining guests. It can be a lot more than that, though, as we see in this example.

Instead of the classic couch and armchair combination, this homeowner has decided to hang an entire double bed from the porch ceiling. It looks excellent for reading and afternoon naps in nature.

Go Coastal with White Shiplap Walls

Go Coastal with White Shiplap Walls
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We’ve seen a lot of coastal looks for screened-in porches. They’re popular especially in homes along the American east coast, but you can really pull off this look for your home anywhere you live. 

Some key coastal decor elements are shiplap walls (often painted white), wicker furniture, and maybe a couple of nautical touches like this oar hanging above the couch. I also like the idea of the herb garden in the corner steel pail.

Rocking Chairs Are Perfect for Stunning Views

Rocking Chairs Are Perfect for Stunning Views
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If your screened-in porch is mainly an area where you want to sit and relax and enjoy some stunning views at the end of a long day, you might only need a couple of rocking chairs and a small end table for a drink or two. 

This house is a great example of this. Even though there aren’t any big couches or porch swings, with a view like these homeowners have, what else do you need?

Buy a Picnic Table for Casual Dining

Buy a Picnic Table for Casual Dining
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If you’re planning on eating a lot of meals on your screened-in porch, you’ll want to focus on creating a great space for dining. A picnic table is a great way to create a casual dining experience. After all, you don’t need a fancy dining room table on the porch. 

This picnic table does the trick quite well, and some twinkle lights and lively plants add some comfort and cheer to the room.

Install Skylights to Bring in More Sunlight

Install Skylights to Bring in More Sunlight
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Depending on the location of your screened-in porch, you might want to think about installing some skylights in the ceiling of your porch. It will bring even more sunlight into the space and add some height to this area.

Final Thoughts

A screened-in porch is a great space to create for your home, whether you have a porch already and want to make it more liveable or you’re starting from scratch. 

It’s a popular design choice because it’s a lot more practical and attractive than a regular porch, keeping your furniture safe from the elements and the bugs away. It can be used in so many ways, including as an entertaining space, a dining area, for relaxation, mudroom, and more. 

One thing is for sure: once you discover the benefits of a screened-in porch, you’ll wish you had made the switch sooner!