10 Ways to Pretty Up Your Porch
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
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.
Buy it: Quilted Duracord Hammock in Beach, $200; hammockcompany.com.
This classic rocker will stand up to moisture, thanks to a rust-proof aluminum frame, all-weather wicker, and teak rails.
Buy it: Sag Harbor Rocker in Driftwood, $574; kingsleybate.com for retailers.
Beachify simple Mason jars with natural materials such as sand or stone, which hold votives in place. Another idea: Add citronella candles to keep bugs at bay.
Buy it: Hanging Mason Jars, $7.50 each; potterybarn.com.
Forgo a hanging pendant lamp, and install wall-mounted sconces instead. Lighting is the one thing you don't want swinging in the breeze. Plus, accent lighting provides a softer glow.
Buy it: Harbor Sconce, $99-$129; restorationhardware.com.
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.
Insider tip: Polyester inserts stand up to elements for extra durability.
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.
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.
Add sailor-chic style with canvas blades, rope detailing, and a caged light.
Buy It: Escape Indoor/Outdoor Ceiling Fan, $259, Hampton Bay; homedepot.com.