Whether you lean traditional, modern, bohemian, or something else altogether, here are five takeaways from our very own style pro's porch philosophy.
1. Think of it as a room.
"Even a great porch will look generic if you just order some matching outdoor furniture and call it a day," says Coastal Living style director Lindsey Ellis Beatty. "Take time to really decorate the space and choose pieces carefully, just like you would inside."
2. Invest in quality.
New outdoor fabrics and furniture are designed to stay vibrant much longer than they used to. Investing in quality materials, like marine-grade fabrics or good weather-resistant wicker, is a surefire way to keep your porch looking beautiful season after season.
3. Make it comfortable.
A good porch should encourage long, leisurely visits, or spending an hour with a good book. Choose furniture that lends itself to naps. "It should be every bit as comfortable as your living room," Beatty says.
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4. Give it some life.
Plants always add lushness and color, and somehow they put people at ease.
Layer in lanterns, a mirror, a piece of art, and—always—a good rug. "Pillows with a little texture can go a long way," Beatty says. "You want to create some ambience."