26 Beachy Porches and Patios

What better way to enjoy gorgeous beach views than from a comfortable porch or deck? Find your own outdoor inspiration from our favorite relaxing retreats.

Refreshing Retreat

Photographer: J. Savage Gibson, Writer: Rachel Bertone

Hanging Around

Coastal blues and greens—from cozy pillows to a graphic rug—create a lively color scheme for this porch. Two oversize hanging swings offer a scenic spot for an afternoon nap.

Graphic Style Porch

Photographer: Lisa Romerein, Writer: Rachel Bertone

Graphic Style

Pea gravel creates the illusion of an area rug on this modern patio. A dramatic sculpture creates a focal point and lends interest to this outdoor living room.

Ready for a Crowd

Photographer: Lisa Romerein, Writer: Rachel Bertone

Ready for a Crowd

This simple, neutral dining table makes an ideal spot for seaside entertaining thanks to generous seating and ample cushions. A decorative mirror and plush pillows complete the look.

Bohemian Inspired Porch

Photographer: David Tsay, Writer: Rachel Bertone

Bohemian Rhapsody

A batik-print umbrella and oversize woven furniture make a simple but stylish statement. A ceramic garden stool creates a space-saving side table on the petite patio.

Outdoor Comfort Patio

Photographer: Lisa Romerein, Writer: Rachel Bertone

Warming Trend

A simple outdoor fireplace makes a patio or porch functional year-round. Plush cushions on comfy wide-backed chairs make it the perfect place for enjoying a cocktail on a cool evening.

Poolside Chic Patio

Photographer: William Waldron, Writer: Rachel Bertone

Poolside Perk

A shady loggia connects to the main house for easy entertaining. Vintage white furniture beckons swimmers to lounge in the sun for a while.

Blue Striped Porch

Photographer: Lisa Romerein, Writer: Rachel Bertone

Bold in Blue

A bright blue-and-white striped rug brings a burst of color to this otherwise simple porch. Sturdy wicker chairs provide prime seating for a seaside view.

Vintage Island Porch

Photographer: William Waldron, Writer: Rachel Bertone

Island Style

Deep navy and pops of bright orange create an inviting outdoor atmosphere.  Vintage bamboo furniture gets revived with cushions covered in a geometric print.

Seeing Red Porch

Photographer: William Abranowicz, Writer: Rachel Bertone

Seeing Red

On a whimsical play of a classic color combination, a glossy red floor contrasts with black-and-white accents such as the striped outdoor cushions and decorative wall art.

Open Porch

Photographer: Tria Giovan, Writer: Rachel Bertone

Open Season

An abundant array of seating makes for a warm and inviting porch to enjoy with friends and neighbors. A lime green rug and planters add a touch of color and celebrate the surrounding foliage.

Modern Swing

Photographer: Melanie Acevedo, Writer: Rachel Bertone

Modern Statement

A contemporary hanging swing and a paper lantern complements the streamlined feel to this covered porch.

Summer Striped Porch

Photographer: Deborah Whitlaw Llwellyn, Writer: Rachel Bertone

Summer Stripes

Playful striped curtains make this porch a fun and inviting place to relax, while also keeping the sun at bay. A white swing and decorative lanterns lend a chic touch.

Bold Sophistication Porch

Photographer: David Tsay, Writer: Rachel Bertone

Bold Sophistication

Neutral gray walls help keep this outdoor space cool, along with a light striped fabric. Railroading the stripes (running them horizontally) creates a bolder effect.

Classic Comfort

Photographer: Deborah Whitlaw Llwellyn, Writer: Rachel Bertone

Simple Comfort

Glass French doors provide easy access to a porch, plus they bring seaside views indoors. A wooden table and chairs positioned toward the water is all this simple porch needs.

Seaside Style Porch

Photographer: Tria Giovan, Writer: Rachel Bertone

Full View

A wraparound porch ensures you’ll have spectacular views. Built-in benches with plush pillows provide seating to enjoy the relaxing ocean waves.

Rustic Charm Porch

Photographer: Lisa Romerein, Writer: Rachel Bertone

Rustic Charm

Pebble flooring and a glowing fireplace give this patio a warm, natural feel. A wooden table, director-style chairs, and a tree trunk centerpiece enhance the rustic vibe.

Coastal Classic Porch

Photographer: Lisa Romerein, Writer: Rachel Bertone

Coastal Classic

With classic plaid fabric on rattan furniture, this seaside porch takes on traditional coastal.

Sleek Patio

Photographer: Joe Schmelzer, Writer: Rachel Bertone

Sleek and Simple

With a straight-edge table and stylishly modern umbrella, this outdoor patio keeps entertaining simple. A multilevel patio breaks the space up into separate outdoor rooms.

Relaxing Escape

Photographer: Deborah Whitlaw Llwellyn, Writer: Rachel Bertone

Relaxing Escape

Create an island-inspired retreat on your patio with fabric netting draped around a comfy outdoor sofa. Plenty of pillows make the space extra-comfy.

Outdoor Dining

Writer: Rachel Bertone

Well Served

You’ll enjoy alfresco meals more with a patio that allows you to entertain outside as you would indoors. Straw-back chairs with colorful cushions provide comfortable seating that can also withstand the elements. Outdoor dinnerware and a floral arrangement complete an elegant table setting.

Bold and Bright

Writer: Rachel Bertone

Bold and Bright

Bright red throw pillows and patterned fabrics bring this outdoor space to life. A low stone wall creates a natural barrier around the living space, and pebbles replace grass underfoot for a low-maintenance ground covering.

Inviting Patio

Photographer: Jeff McNamara, Writer: Rachel Bertone

Seeing Green

Surrounded by a lush green yard, this patio makes the most of the small space with a simple table and chairs for versatility. A hanging light fixture adds evening ambience, and a blue table runner adds a pop of color to the natural setting.

Screened-In Calm

Writer: Rachel Bertone

Screen Scene

A wide, screened-in porch extends this home’s living space and gives year-round sheltered comfort. Plentiful seating, grass rugs, and a hanging swing give this porch a homey feel.

Porch with built-in bench

Photographer: Lisa Romerein, Writer: Rachel Bertone

Sitting Pretty

A built-in bench saves space on a small deck. Green pillows offer color while matching side tables and decorative lanterns add just enough punch.

Patio with wicker furniture

Photographer: Jonny Valiant, Writer: Rachel Bertone

Living It Up

Neutral sofa cushions in mint green tie together the mismatched wicker furniture. Ample plants and accessories create a true outdoor room.

teak porch with low benches and white cushions keep this deck simple with amazing views of the ocean

Photographer: Colleen Duffley

Pretty as a Picture

Don’t lose sight of the real goal: maximizing the view. Keep furniture low and stick with clean lines and simple materials.

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