Embracing easy summer living could be as simple as spending quality time lounging and entertaining on your back porch. There is something quite enjoyable about hanging out on the porch, whether its enjoying a cup of morning Joe or unwinding at the end of a hectic day.
Offering sweeping views of your backyard can be an additional bonus, whether it be a countryside setting, gardens, a lake or the beach! Wherever you are, make your porch an inviting place to spend some time with family and friends with these dreamy ideas that we have put together for you below. Don’t forget to let us know which one most inspired you and why in the Comments below!
1. A timeless back porch in Atlanta, Georgia provides a gorgeous spaces for relaxation and entertaining, The hanging daybed is from Charleston Vintage Porch Swing. On the ceiling, the fan is the Lafayette 52 in. Indoor/Outdoor Weathered Iron Finish Ceiling Fan by Westinghouse. Grounding the space is an indoor/outdoor rug from West Elm. (via Elle + Vreeland)
2. A traditional style covered porch in Charleston, South Carolina. The swing is an Eliza swing from Vintage Porch Swings. The mattress pad and bolster pillows were custom made to fit the swing. (via Cortney Bishop)
3. This gorgeous back porch is part of a Southern Living Idea House in Little Rock, Arkansas. Cozy furnishings are grouped around a fireplace. The coffee table is an Elegant Earth coffee table. The fireplace stone is from a local Arkansas quarry, while the floor is a blue gray flagstone. (via Providence Design)
4. This traditional screened back porch in Austin, Texas is 14’x20′ with a 10′ ceiling height. The sectional is the from Ipanema collection, Kingsley Bate. Accent pillows are a Trina Turk fabric, Santorini Print. The Element Coffee table is from CB2. The ‘sideboard’ is from West Elm — “Metal Truss Work Table”. Wall sconces are from Urban Electric.
The ceiling is 1×6 v-groove pine, painted semi-gloss white. The fan is the “Lapa” from Modern Fan Company. The walls are covered in Hardi lap siding, while the floors are 6″ Ipe deck boards, unfinished. Manufactured screens with white aluminum frames are set into a white painted wood frame. Grounding this space is a rug from CB2. (via Tim Cuppett Architects)
5. This handsomely crafted porch in Minnesota features a wood burning fireplace clad in Chilton stone. A Noble Deer Modern Trophy Head Wall Sculpture is mounted above the fireplace. The exposed beams, posts and 2” bevel siding are clear cedar and lightly stained to highlight the natural grain of the wood. The sofa, chair, and nesting tables are all from the ‘Stinson’ collection from Restoration Hardware. Deck surface is 1 x 6 “Ironwood” Ipe. Porch Dimensions: 12′ x 21′. (via TreHus Architects)
6. A traditional porch in Raleigh, North Carolina features an inviting porch swing for relaxing and taking afternoon siestas. The swing is from Vintage Porch Swings. (via Design Works Studio)
7. This cozy back porch in Nashville, Tennessee is decked out in a soothing neutral color palette. The sofa is from Restoration Hardware. A swing bed is hung from the exposed rafters of a vaulted ceiling. The screens allow fresh breezes while keeping out pesky bugs. (via Keystone Building Group)
8. A traditional porch in the countryside of Illinois features inviting furnishings . The red wicker furnishings were sourced from the merchandise mart in Chicago. The depth of this porch is 10′. The decking is Ipe. (via Bertrand Landscape Design)
9. Chill out al fresco in this inviting porch overlooking the backyard. The handmade porch swing features a contemporary spin on the Arts & Crafts period. You can find this swing at the provided link. (via Nostalgic Porch Swing)
10. This beach style porch provides sweeping views over the Florida coast. Comfortable outdoor seating has a beach chic vibe, while a porch swing offers a fabulous spot to take a nap! You can find similar swings at Vintage Porch Swings or the Porch Swing Company. See the full home tour: Seaside cottage with stylish details in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. (via Geoff Chick & Associates)
11. A screened porch in the Kentucky countryside has a distinctly coastal theme with a relaxed vibe. Wicker furnishings and a daybed swing provides plenty of seating space for lounging in style. (via Artisan Signature Homes)
12. A lake house in Madrid, Spain offers Mediterranean elegance, showcasing simple white cushions and wooden patio furnishings. (via Luisa Olazábal)
13. This transitional porch in Atlanta, Georgia provides a lovely, elegant and welcoming setting. The porch swing was sourced from Southern Komfort Bedswings. (via Allison Ramsey Architects)
14. A peaceful lakefront retreat in Austin, Texas enjoys this covered back porch with soaring ceilings. A board-formed concrete fireplace provides warmth and ambiance. The chairs are from Summit Furniture, while the table is Sutherland. See the full home tour here: Fabulous modern lakeside retreat set on the shores of Lake Austin, Texas. (via Lake | Flato Architects)
15. Stone walls helps to create an inviting porch in Arkansas. Wicker furnishings with striped pillows adds a playful vibe. The swing bed is the finishing touch to this cozy backyard oasis. (via Goddard Design Group)
16. Nestled along the Chattahoochee River in Georgia is this beautiful home with a traditional style porch. Wicker furnishings adds a cozy touch, complimented by summery pillows of yellow and green. (via Leah Atkins Design)
17. This beautiful Southern Living Idea House located in Little Rock, Arkansas features French doors leading to the home’s back porch. Dining al fresco under the shelter of this covered porch is perfect for entertaining. One can lounge on the swinging daybed for cocktails before or after dinner. (via Providence Design)
18. A screened back porch in Providence, Rhode Island features a brick clad fireplace for inviting warmth. A living and dining space is ideal for lounging and entertaining while a swinging daybed is the perfect spot for reading and taking naps. (via Cyndie Seely)
19. This lovely Southern Living Idea House on Crane Island, Florida offers this beach style porch with waterfront views. On the ceiling is a pair of traditional style ceiling fans that helps to cool down the space on humid summer days. An awning provides additional shelter from the sun. Comfortable furnishings invites relaxed seaside living. (via RIVERSIDE HOMES)
20. This beautiful traditional porch in a Massachusetts home features timeless design. The windows are fitted with custom screens to bring in cool breezes. The flooring is bluestone. (via Jan Gleysteen Architects)
21. A peaceful sitting enclosed porch features views of the tree-lined backyard in Massachusetts. The doors leading into this porch were purchased from NanaWall. The flooring is mahogany. (via SpaceCraft Architecture)