Screen porches are such a wonderful space! Not only do they keep out the insects and weather, they can be considered a whole other room in the house. And what do many of us love to do with new rooms? Decorate them!
Decorating a screen porch can be tricky. Questions always come up:
- “Can I use furniture that is not made for outdoor use?”
- “What kind of fabrics do I have to use?”
- “Is there a way that we can close up our porch when we are not using it?”
- “What should my flooring be?”
- “What kind of lighting should I use?”
To answer these questions, you first need to figure out how you want to use the space. Do you see yourself reading a book, sitting on a swing, or eating dinner with your family? How about having coffee with a friend, playing games, throwing a fresh air party? Answering all of these questions will help you determine the furniture, lighting and accessories you will need.
Depending on the size of your porch, you may be able to get away with using indoor furniture and accessories. However, I always recommend using outdoor fabrics on your cushions and pillows so they will hold up in the outdoor elements. There will always be moisture on a screen porch, so if you use fabrics that are made for indoors, they may get moldy and you might have to change them more often. Also, indoor fabrics are not fade proof while most outdoor fabrics are.
Decorate your screen porch right and it will be your favorite room in your home!
Contributor: Jenna Breunig, 302 Designs, North Oaks, Minnesota, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jenna is an interior designer in the Twin Cities of Minnesota and provides her design services to both residential and commercial clients. She worked on the porch cabin on Whitefish Lake in Gordon, Wisconsin, which is shown in our Product Gallery. With her help, our client was able to create a cabin reminiscent of a 1930′s porch cabin, using a variety of antiques, vintage new furniture, and an eclectic array of fabrics, patterns, and colors.
Jenna will be writing a monthly home design blog on our website. We encourage others to contribute your own fun and creative screen porch or home design ideas.