From tropical lanais to open-air living rooms, these balmy outdoor spaces all say “coastal” with a capital SEA. Looking to upgrade your personal retreat? Check out these stylish ideas.
Comfy cushions and plenty of available light ensure this porch will be used day or night.
If your definition of porch fun is more happy hour than dinner party, furnish the space with several small tables. They multiply your surface area for drinks and snacks.
Let your home’s environment dictate your decor. Inspired by banana leaves and vibrant ginger flowers, lush greens and hot
pinks bring home tropical style.
When selecting your palette, look to the abundant colors in your surroundings and let the outdoor space become an extension of its setting.
Don’t lose sight of the real goal: maximizing the view. Keep furniture low and stick with clean lines and simple materials.
Quality, low-maintenance materials don’t have to break the bank. Îpe decking offers the weather-resistant properties of teak at a lower price.
Invite the breeze but not the neighbors. When closed, louvered shutters on windows and doors offer privacy but allow ocean
air to filter through.
Create a “fantasy island” feel with an exposed wood ceiling reminiscent of a tiki hut (try cypress). To continue the Caribbean vibe, choose Dominican shellstone for the flooring.
Create an outdoor space that you can use year-round. A large fireplace and an outdoor rug fight the chill in cooler months.
Roll-down, clear isinglass panels keep warm air in and drafts out while still allowing you to enjoy the view.
Dress up your fireplace facade by using stones in a variety of sizes and shapes. Lay some flat and others on their sides.
Create the ultimate outdoor living area with a canopied daybed. It not only breaks up the traditional seating arrangement,
but also is perfect for naps.
Arrange furniture to create multiple conversation areas. Ladder-back, rush-seat chairs and benches are a budget-friendly way to add more seating.
Bring the party outside with a fully functional outdoor kitchen. A grill, refrigerator, and sink are all you need.
To limit trips indoors, install a dishwasher and keep cabinets stocked with dishware and utensils. For countertops, we recommend concrete or solid-surface materials, such as Corian.
A fireplace, draperies, accessories, and an entertainment system make this porch just as popular as any room in the house.
Create a built-in nook to keep firewood dry and covered.
For generations, Southerners have painted their porch ceilings a soft blue shade called “haint blue” because it makes ceilings
appear higher and is rumored to deter wasps.
Place an outdoor shower just outside your porch so you can rinse off salt and sand before entering the home. It’s also an easy way to quickly wash surfboards, wet suits, and pets after a day at the shore.
Some of the best rooms aren’t carefully planned; they evolve. Capture this ultra-casual look with mismatched furnishings and
painted floors. Set natural wood chairs next to painted pieces. Include tables with worn finishes to boost the charm.
Layer your lighting with lanterns, sconces, and strings of lights. To cut down cord clutter, have an electrician install outlets in helpful places, such as near the ceiling for strings of lights.