12 Beautiful Porch and Patio Ideas

Front porches and back patios are our favorite spot to relax in the warmer months. Make an outdoor room your favorite escape, too, with these decorating ideas.

Tudor House Patio

Clematis and confederate jasmine climb a brick wall adjoining this Alabama house's back patio.














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Garden Shed

This backyard garden shed offers extra outdoor living space, courtesy of a porch strung with Pawleys Island hammock. The lanterns and cushions are by Pottery Barn.















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Oceanfront Patio

Colorful Adironack chairs from Charleston Gardens brighten this beach house's terrace.


















Front Porch

This California home's front porch is decked out with gliders from Grandin Road.

















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Garden Workstation

This circa-1900 oak woodworker's table was drafted into service as a potting station, then hung vintage pails and watering cans on this cottage's exterior wall.

















Boathouse Deck

Adironack chairs and midcentury bentwood seating, as well as a coffee table crafted by a local artisan, furnish this summer cabin's deck. The blue-and-white pillows are from Restoration Hardware.















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Rustic Enclosed Porch

Smith and Hawken seating, accessorized with Best Slipcover pillows, furnishes the enclosed porch of this Vermont home.

















Reading Porch

Porches were added to the first and second stories of this Pennsylvania home. This one off the living room has chairs for reading and enjoying the view.
















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Thrifty Piano Furniture

Two Pier 1 tables -- $100 each -- were combined on this patio, which the homeowners built themselves. Metal chairs were picked.


















Screened-In Porch

A wrought-iron light fixture and an ebony gateleg transform this screened-in back porch into a real dining room.


















Sleeping Porch

This summer cabin's sleeping porch has a custom swinging daybed. The daybed also offers overnight guests a place to sleep.
















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