Ideas for small screened in porch decor that are light and summery. Includes inspiration for screened in porch furniture & accessories.
Small spaces can be a blessing…and even though they have their limitations, they can be functional, and lovely as well. Our screened in back porch doesn’t really have a lot going for it. It’s simple and plain, with a concrete floor. I choose to look past all of that, and treat it like any other room in our home. My goal these days it to have as little maintenance as possible, both on the inside and outside of our house. Our back porch is the perfect example of my “simple is best” motto!
Screened In Porch Furniture Ideas
What you put in a screened in porch depends on two things:
- the size of the space
- the function (dining, lounging, work space, etc.)
Before you do anything, it’s best to make a decision based on those two things. Our porch is long, but narrow, so it doesn’t really lend itself to a comfy sofa and chairs. I considered making it just a dining area, with a large table, but that didn’t make any sense because it would have rarely been used. In the end, taking into account that 99% of the time I am the only one who goes out there, I decided to create two small spaces. A sitting area for just two people, and a tiny eating area.
It was also important to me that everything in the space be maintenance-free. The floor mat is some sort of flexible plastic, so it cleans up with water from the hose. The wicker is resin, so it doesn’t need painted. The table is metal with a rust-free coating, and the bistro chairs are weatherproof as well.
Screened In Porch Decor
Since I didn’t need to buy anything new in regards to furniture, I splurged and treated myself to new cushions for the chairs, along with new lumbar pillows. I already had the navy gingham pillows, so adding them to the mix was easy. Soft furnishings, especially in an outdoor space, provide a touch of coziness. Pillows, cushions, and throws really help to bring the inside out.
The rest of the accessories are items that can be easily washed if they get dirty, and of course, fresh flowers. Overhead lighting isn’t required, but a ceiling fan is a wonderful addition. It’s best to bring in a table lamp to provide a soft glow when the porch is used in the evening. When the sun sets, and darkness settles, sitting inside a screened in porch with a lamp glowing is just about the best thing in the world.
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I had a very hard time listing sources for our screened in porch. Many items are no longer available, but when possible, I tried to find something similar. Outdoor decor sells out so fast at this time of year, and with the limitations caused by COVID-19, it currently seems to be a bigger problem. So just know I did the best I could!
- white resin wicker chair (similar)
- round white table (similar)
- bistro chairs (similar)
- floor mat (similar 1) (similar 2)
- chair cushions
- lumbar pillows
- fern wreath
- pitcher no longer available
- blue floral mugs (similar)
- teapot and towel are vintage (similar teapot)
- navy gingham pillow covers (similar)
- vintage blue mason jars
- lamp shade was a DIY project many years ago
- lantern (similar)
- vintage garden gates
Thank you so much for joining me on the back porch. I continue to be very grateful for your friendship. Until next time…