Published on April 27, 2019

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Photography by Marcus Nilsson

We love a good patio, and there’s no denying the pleasure of a perfectly landscaped garden, but if there’s one type of outdoor space we can’t resist, it’s a porch. Instantly conjuring up memories of cozy inns or grandma’s house, porches are tied to nostalgia. There’s just something so comforting about this quintessentially American space, and there’s no place we’d rather spend our slow mornings and lazy evenings in the summer.

Since porches offer some protection from the elements, they are ripe for creative styling. Go bohemian and try lots of throws and pillows, scattered casually about for an inviting look, or opt for a modern, elegant vibe with metal accents and plush velvets. We can’t think of a better place to relax with a drink in hand. Ahead, the summery porches giving us major design envy.

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Photography by Laure Joliet

If your back porch has a little extra space, consider turning it into an outdoor dining room. Erin Fetherston’s home features a stunning neutral-toned space that’s the crowning jewel of the house—layered rugs and bench seating make the porch feel cozy, and a latticed roof provides the perfect amount of dappled sunlight.

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Photography by Brittany Ambridge

Spice up an otherwise ordinary porch with a fresh coat of paint. Here, two-tone green and yellow provide some nice chromatic contrast. The chartreuse of the door shutters ties in with the painted roof, so the whole wraparound porch flows visually.

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Photography by Brittany Ambridge

Bring Moroccan vibes to your space by echoing the laid-back style of a Tangier rooftop. Opt for cushy low-profile sofas, prime for lounging in the shade with a good book. Calming desert tones, like terra-cotta, complete the aesthetic.

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Photography by Keith Isaacs

Sometimes, classic is best. Nothing is more quintessentially traditional than wicker furniture for a porch. Paired with vibrant accessories, such as a Calder-esque mobile and a nautical rope side table, this space is the perfect cheery spot.

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Photography by Sara & Rich Combs

Embrace minimalism with a barebones approach to decorating your porch. Simple chairs and limited clutter really put the outdoors at the forefront here. While it helps that this home’s backyard is the crazy-beautiful Joshua Tree, anyone can play up their surroundings with a complementary color scheme. Here, terra-cotta and cream tones mimic the desert vibes perfectly.

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Photography by Sara Tramp for EHD

Just as with indoor spaces, the key to a great porch is all in the details. Add in a decorative pendant or colorful sconces to make your area feel personal. In this Emily Henderson–designed porch, a chic matte black light fixture makes it feel like a cozy living room.  

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Photography by HANNAH PUECHMARIN

There are so many charming features in this fixer-upper, but the wraparound porch is clearly the highlight. “We love spending a lot of time on the porch when we’re home on the weekends,” says designer Peace Lehman, who calls the space home. The vintage rattan lounge set was a local Instagram buy. Lehman enlisted the help of her mom to sew covers for the seat cushions.

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Photography by KYLE MONK

The monochromatic color scheme at this serene Newport modern farmhouse gets a fun interruption with the pale blue front door. Furnishings are kept minimal with two wiry wing chairs and a couple of planters.

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Photography by SAM CARBINE

Seventeen (yes, you read that right) designers combined to create this Tennessee home, but of all the spaces, the porch has to be our favorite. It works as a comfortable extension of the home, using similar patterns and prints, like neutral wood accents, a geometric rug, and statement boho lighting.

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Photography by VIRGIL BUNAO

We can’t get enough of the stunning contrast between the whitewashed walls and stained wood floor of this charming setup. A muted, motley assortment of throw pillows creates a spot worth sinking into.

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Courtesy of CARILLON BEACH HOUSE

A vibrant pop of color provides the perfect backdrop for a pair of striped chaise lounges in an intimate space. The pop of color in the windows adds an element of fun and prevents the area from looking too one-note.

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Photography by ELENI PSYLLAKI

Waterfront living? Skip the furniture and deck the space with a roomy hammock built for two. It’s so unconventional, and the rattan detailing gives it a natural element.

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Courtesy of BYRON BAY HANGING CHAIRS

A potted palm and a tear-drop swing chair set the tone for a tropical escape in this dreamy poolside retreat. Think summer living—the breezy chairs will make you want to stay out longer than you normally would.

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Photography by SAWYER | BERSON

This bamboo outdoor sofa brings a little Palm Beach chic to this traditional home. It’s the perfect substitute for a traditional patio but just as chic.

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Photography by BALLARD DESIGNS

Arranging your furniture for guests to easily converse makes your outdoor space feel more like a room. Add a graphic rug to tie everything together.

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Photography by JULIA LYNN PHOTOGRAPHY

Hang a hammock in the corner for the ultimate hideaway. An iron pendant light and black wicker furniture create contrast on this pretty porch.

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Courtesy of LAUREY W GLENN

Section off your porch into different areas for maximum use of your outdoor space. The white curtains are such a fun way to do that and they let each area have its own vibe.

See more porch inspo: 
The Floral-Filled Porch Gardens We’re Pinning Right Now
Nine Ways to Transform Your Porch Into a Bohemian Escape
Front Porch Decorating Ideas Because It’s Almost Summer

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