When designing your porch, consider how you want to use it. A swinging daybed is a must-have for afternoon naps, while a charming wood bench provides extra seating for guests who stop by to visit. Photo courtesy of Sunbrella
A Pleasant Meal on the Porch
Outdoor dining is one of life's little luxuries. When you're choosing furniture for your porch consider how it responds to the elements of weather and how easy it is to clean. Photography by Beall+Thomas Photography
Charming Wooden Rocking Chairs
A wood rocking chair or swing are favorites on many porches, but remember that wood furniture requires paint, stain or a sealer. Making sure your outdoor furniture is properly maintained will ensure long-lasting use.
Lively Porch Accessories
Woven baskets, terra-cotta pots with fresh flowers and topiary planters can add lots of nice texture to a porch. Don't be afraid to be bold with vibrant colors on your porch.
Resilient Outdoor Materials
Use durable mildew-resistant outdoor linens, pillows and throws or a vibrant doormat to infuse color in an otherwise white porch. Blue and green colors are great for outdoor spaces, because they don't compete with the natural scenery.
Ropes for Swinging Daybeds
Hanging chains for porch swings are often made of stainless or galvanized steel. If you prefer the look of rope, make sure it is marine-grade braided nylon or polyester and check it regularly for wear.
Natural wicker furniture is a classic choice but is best suited for protected porches. Porch furniture pieces made from synthetic wicker offer a wicker style but are more durable and can be exposed to the elements. Photo courtesy of Sunbrella
Mix and Match Furniture
Don't be afraid to mix different types of porch furniture together. Classic wicker furniture combined with a rich wooden coffee table creates an outdoor space that's charming and unique. Photo courtesy of Sunbrella