3 Ways to Decorate Your Porch for Spring
The Midday Chat Room
Channel the Tropics
Salute the ease and escape of the Caribbean by playing up a trademark island hue. The green coating the wicker pouf is similar to Barbados's signature "Messel green."
Simplify the Seating
The powder-coated aluminum sofa and synthetic rattan chairs recede into the railings thanks to similar white hues, bringing the color of the ocean into sharper focus.
Turn Up the Heat
While the hottest shades of yellow often can be too harsh for the indoors, using them on oceanfront porches and decks is like a double dose of sunshine. Bonus if they come in the form of glossy, reflective finishes (like the ceramic garden stool).
Annie Selke C3 Herringbone Coral Indoor/Outdoor Rug, $700 (8.5' by 11'); annieselke.com McKinnon and Harris duVal-Alexander Sofa in Wicomico White, available to the trade; mckinnonharris.com Selamat Designs Reo Synthetic/Outdoors Lounge Chairs in White, $2,991 each; store.heavensgatehomeandgarden.com Sunbrella Canvas Fabric in Glacier, Air Blue, and Sunflower Yellow (pillows), $30 per yard; sunbrella.com for retailers oomph Hobe Sound Coffee Table in Custom Forest Valley Green, from $2,125; oomphhome.com Terrain Open Weave All Weather Wicker Pouf in Mint Green, $348; shopterrain.com Scenario Home Prosperity Garden Stool in Yellow, $228; scenariohome.com Serena & Lily Mosaic Mirror in Yellow, $598; serenaandlily.com
The Late-Afternoon Lounge
Mirror the Sunsets
Pinks ranging from coral to blush adorn the throw pillows and echo the sky at dusk. Plus, variations in shades ensure the palette doesn't swing too sweet. (Having a glass of rosé on hand doesn't hurt, either.)
Take the Edge Off
The white table's round shape and stacked circles help relax all the linear woven pieces. Even the rounded rattan side table, with its slightly imperfect reed pattern, loosens things up.
Choose the Whitewashed Wicker
The woven sectional appears bleached by the sun, but because it's made of resin—not natural wood—it will wear well year after year.
Liora Manné Wooster Kuba Rug in Orange, $1,070; email firstname.lastname@example.org Serena & Lily Pacifica Corner Sectional – Driftwood with White Cushion, $4,998, and Montecito Outdoor Pillow Covers in Ivory, $98 (12" by 21") and $128 (24" by 24") each; serenaandlily.com Scenario Home Coastal Modern Lounge Chair in White/White Washed, $438, and Large Rounded Planter in Turquoise, $475; scenariohome.com Made Goods Dohnet Concrete Outdoor Coffee Table in Flat White, $1,850; mecox.com Napa Home & Garden Rattan Stool in White Wash, $180; themine.com Perennials Fabrics Tides Fabric in Flamingo and Conch (striped pillows), available to the trade; perennialsfabrics.com Organic by Blakely Little, $950; email email@example.com
The Every-Night Dining Porch
Go All In On Blue
The rug makes the space appear like an extension of the ocean. Its graphic pattern sends a subtle nod out to sea.
Elevate the Seating
Sophisticated details, like the chairs' woven seats and backs, bentwood stretchers, and striped binding, give pretty prints a seat at the table.
Include a Bespoke Element
A custom runner adds a refreshing sense of refinement to the outdoors, and easily transfers inside, as well.
Annie Selke Cleo Blue Indoor/Outdoor Rug, $1,776 (8' by 10'); annieselke.com Frontgate Emerson Faux Wood Dining Table, $2,495, and Paris Bistro Side Chairs in Capri Blue, $379 for a set of two; frontgate.com Lamps Plus Kai Water Hyacinth Indoor/Outdoor Accent Table (in foreground), $50; lampsplus.com Raoul Textiles Marquesas Fabric in Indigo (table runner), available to the trade; raoultextiles.com Simon Pearce Marble Indigo Pasta Bowl, $55; simonpearce.com Juliska Natural Bamboo Five-Piece Place Setting, $168; juliska.com Hawkins New York Simple Linen Napkins in Blush, $18 each; hawkinsnewyork.com