The porch has long been the perfect gathering place for summer evenings. While some folks may favor an open patio, an elevated deck, or a year-round sunroom, screened-in porches have a lot of allure—and nostalgia as well. Protected from the elements by a sturdy roof, screened porches allow both light and breezes to filter through their insect-proof barrier. A screened porch is great for seasonal dining and entertaining, or simply quietly relaxing and enjoying the view. Here’s a quick look at some of our favorite serene and inviting screened porches.
The floor-to-ceiling screened openings of this New Hampshire lake house porch allow guests to enjoy the scenic views while protecting them from mosquitoes and other outdoor discomforts. The wood ceilings and floors blend in with the porch’s natural setting; a patterned rug and wine-colored chairs add just the right touch of color.
If you like spending a couple of lazy hours in a hammock, this might be the porch for you. Set off from the main seating area, the swinging spot can become its own private alcove, but it’s still close enough to the action to afford convenient seating for a casual get-together.
This patio dining area offers the best of indoor and outdoor comforts. Sturdy wood furniture and a cozy fireplace bring an element of indoor comfort to the room, while the natural wood ceilings seem right at home with the wooded backyard.
By using slim-profile patio furniture, these decorators were able to create three separate, functional spaces in this narrow porch. The lightweight furniture lends itself perfectly to easy rearrangement for hosting a summer barbecue or late-night drinks on the patio.
A wicker canopy over this inviting daybed mimics the lines of the A-frame screened porch, creating a bungalow-luxury look. Tall ferns frame the space and add an extra element of privacy to the windows overlooking the yard.
A simple screened-in porch can have big impact with a little color. This small space uses painted floors and furniture, colorful textiles, and a bright yellow lamp to create a relaxing home retreat with a great view of the backyard.
Sleeping porches are a historical architectural element most commonly found on the second floor in older Southern homes, but they’re making a comeback in some circles. A hanging bed is a natural choice for napping—or even an overnight stay—in a cool summer breeze.
Patio furniture isn’t always as comfortable as year-round indoor furniture, but adding large cushions boosts the cozy factor and could make the patio a favorite destination for relaxing with the family. A floor rug and a tabletop lamp can do wonders to warm up the room and establish a seamless transition between indoor spaces and the porch.
Chocolate-colored walls and large window frames allow the exposed wood beams to take center stage in this small screened porch. Complemented by an animal print rug on the floor and deer heads on the wall, the room has the feel of a country retreat.
A galvanized steel tub is a surprising but charming fixture in this bright and breezy screened patio. It’s perfect for washing up mud-soaked pets or kids before they run into the house—or even, with the addition of a privacy screen, for an impromptu dip in the fresh air.
This large and bright screened porch looks even bigger due to the clean, white paint job. The patterned green patio furniture matches the green lamp at the far end, tying together a long space into one united—and relaxing—environment.
A comfortable swing is an outdoor staple—but bringing one inside a screened porch is genius. Made even cozier with the addition of cushions, this porch swing is the perfect vantage point to keep an eye on the kids while they play.