This peaceful porch from HGTV Dream Home 2013 features a slanted wood beam ceiling coupled with brown hardwood deck flooring. Two outdoor rattan chairs and ottomans with brown patterned cushions provide the perfect spot for kicking back and taking in the palm tree view.
Porch with Swing Beds and Painted Floor in a Diamond Pattern
Designing a pattern on the floor is an inexpensive way to tie together the look of your outdoor space. Designer Rachel Greathouse used a diamond pattern with a whitewash to fit the home's farmhouse chic design. Depending on the pattern and palette, you can end up with a rustic or modern look.
Grand columns and dignified lion statues flank the entrance to the front porch, offering a sophisticated first impression. Beautiful front doors with wrought iron detailing provide an elegant entry into the home.
Outdoor drapery helps blur the lines between indoor spaces and exterior porches filled with upholstery, swings and places for lazy napping next to the saltwater pool, all keeping a fresh, clean and neutral palette. And after the sun goes down, the party moves to the lakeside fire pit.
Everything is upholstered in Sunbrella, including the outdoor drapery, which all gets a heavy hose-down in advance of every visit. The couple and their guests can nap, lounge, party and relax there.
The blue color palette of the HGTV Smart Home 2013 interior begins on the front porch with accent pillows and dishes. Gray rocking chairs and an iron-clad wood end table create a cozy spot for enjoying the outdoors. A pine porch railing features a palm tree motif adds character to this Florida home.
Drought-Tolerant Shrubs and Artwork Fill Otherwise Blank Corners
When she first visited the site of the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015, landscape architect Katharine Webster noted blank, rectangular spaces in the entry leading to the home's front door. With voices of her Harvard professors in her head saying, "don't make corners for squirrels to die in," Webster filled the blank spaces with artwork and drought-tolerant shrubs.