Utilize a Cozy, Screened Porch for 3 Different Uses

Using these pro design tips, clever DIYs and multifunctional pieces, you can transform your screened porch into an amazing, open-air oasis the whole family will love.

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May 07, 2018

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

One Screened Porch, Three Year-Round Uses

A well-designed outdoor space is attractive, comfortable and incredibly versatile. You should be able to relax and unwind, wine and dine or simply watch the big game with friends, depending on your mood. With expert design tips, clever DIYs and multifunctional pieces, it's possible to transform your screened porch into an amazing, open-air oasis the whole family will love.

LOOK ONE: Game Day

Bringing a group of friends together to root for your favorite team is always fun, but it's even better when you do it in a cozy outdoor room. All you need is a TV, comfortable seating and a few side tables for frosty beverages.

TV Time

When not in use, keep your TV under wraps with this easy, DIY project. First, you'll need two pieces of art on stretched canvas that look nice butted up to one another. Next, build a wooden frame that will hang around your TV. (It should be the same dimensions as the artwork's framework.) Add hinges onto the outer edges of the artwork's frame, then secure to the wooden frame. Once completed, safely secure to the wall. Ready to watch TV? Simply open the artwork.

Glare Avoidance

The only downside to watching TV outdoors is the glare, but that's an easy fix. Up your style game and soften the space with hanging draperies. Just make sure curtains are made of polyester or cotton so they can handle the humidity and moisture of being outdoors.

Snacks at the Ready

Carve out an area that easily transforms into a snack zone. A few guilty pleasures (cheese puffs, please!), a healthy option (or two) and a variety of beverages will keep your guests satisfied all day long. Store extra snacks and beverages nearby, like inside dresser drawers, so you don't have to call an unnecessary timeout.

LOOK TWO: Happy Hour

Whether it's an impromptu drink after work or a full-on cocktail party, a few key details can set the mood for enjoying delicious bites and sparkling conversation.

Amp Up The Ambiance

Lighting is one of the quickest ways to create ambiance in any space. Illuminated by LEDs, this all-weather table glows with 16 gorgeous hues to choose from. Control the color and seven different flash settings via the handy remote.

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Conversation Pieces

Don't let the outdoor setting keep you from displaying art. Hanging lightweight canvas artwork not only adds a bit of extra privacy, it's a great conversation starter. Hang frames with fishing line and eye hooks so the piece appears to float in place. This also makes it super easy to take the artwork down during bad weather.

Stay Cool

No matter how beautifully-decorated a space is if it's not comfortable, you won't use it. This is exactly why an outdoor ceiling fan can be an excellent use of your decorating dollars. Keep in mind, the larger the room, the larger fan you'll need to cool the room.

LOOK THREE: R&R Zone

When designing an outdoor room that's truly relaxing, always consider who is using the space. Relaxing can mean different things to different people, but there are some basic design elements that will ensure everyone in the family gets some much-needed R&R.

Upholstered Seating

Versatile seating is key when you're making the most of an outdoor space. When you're decorating a screened or covered porch, you have lots of options because you don't have to be as concerned with harsh weather. A sofa with comfortable cushions is worth the investment, as you can seat a few people or just sprawl out and watch a movie. Opt for a neutral cushion for big-ticket items, and add splashes of color through accessories, poufs and floor pillows.

Comfortable Accents

Comfort is key. That means plenty of soft throws and pillows in easy-to-care-for fabrics since these items will be used on a screened porch. A few accessories in a fun color or eye-catching pattern will amp up the room's style and make it easy to snuggle up when the mood strikes.

Good Lighting

There's nothing better than getting lost in a good book or your favorite magazine, so incorporating solid task lighting is essential. A table lamp with a light-colored shade and bright bulb is best. If your end table is on the small side, save space and go with a floor lamp or strategically-placed pendant.

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