Our motto: Never waste a view. Here's how to create a dreamy porch that's all about taking in the scenery and feeling the breeze
By Megan Baker and Linda Hirst
1 of 10Photo courtesy of The Hammock Company
There's nothing better than a hammock for porch or patio relaxation. Water-repellant canvas is mold- and mildew-resistant. A polyfill insert makes it as cushy as a bed but durable enough for outdoor use. Bonus: It's quilted, so it won't leave rope marks on your back.
Make your porch barefoot friendly with an outdoor rug made of durable polypropylene, which withstands sun and salt water. A tufted variety is gentle on toes and looks fancy enough for the indoors, too!
Buy it: Sphinx Caspian Rug, from $31, Oriental Weavers; wayfair.com.
6 of 10Photographer: Rick Lew
Take It Outside
Turn your porch into an outdoor living room with furniture that's polished enough for easy entertaining. Arrange seating groups with conversation in mind, not just the view, and make the space even more inviting with a soft rug.
7 of 10Photographer: Jonny Valiant
Pump Up Your Pillows
Freshen up your porch with new cushion upholstery and pillows that are water- and fade-resistant to prevent mildew and protect the color.
Insider tip: Polyester inserts stand up to elements for extra durability.
8 of 10Photographer: David Hillegas
No need to keep plants confined to the yard—use a stylish weatherproof planter filled with colorful flora to bring some life to your porch. Choose pre-potted perennials for an instant pop with staying power.
Buy it: Willow Rectangular Planter (plants not included), $40; jaysonhome.com.
9 of 10Photo courtesy of Benjamin Moore's Floor & Patio Paint
To set a coastal mood from the ground up, paint porch floors a cool blue shade that picks up colors from the sea. Benjamin Moore's Floor & Patio Paint is made specifically for outdoor use, with a latex enamel finish that resists grease and grime buildup—not to mention heat and humidity.