These back porch ideas will turn your outdoor space into your favorite place to be this summer and beyond
From Homes and Gardens
BY KAITLIN MADDEN
PUBLISHED APRIL 26, 2022‘
Choosing the right back porch ideas can help you enjoy your backyard year-round. Whether you’re the consummate host on the hunt for ways to elevate your summer barbecues, or you’d like to use your back porch as an extension of your living space through the fall, there’s a porch upgrade for everyone.
Unlike front porch ideas, your back porch will likely be private, meaning you can get a little bit more creative with your choices. In other words, your goal should go beyond simply creating a welcoming vignette, and create an area that enhances your lifestyle, too.
BACK PORCH IDEAS THAT’LL ELEVATE YOUR OUTDOOR SPACE
The best back porch ideas, like the ones we’ve collected below, add both style and lifestyle points to your outdoor living space.
1. ADD A POP OF COLOR TO YOUR PORCH CEILING
Interior walls aren’t the only places to experiment with paint color. Your back porch can be an ideal spot to test a bold hue, too. For one, the back porch is usually a spot for relaxing or entertaining, so adding some color can help set the right mood for the space.
Plus, if you tuck the color up on the ceiling, like designer Andrew Suvalsky did at this Rhode Island home, above, this porch paint idea can be a fun surprise that’s completely different from the rest of your home’s exterior.
‘The client and I discussed using a color that was very bold, playful, a little preppy, and evocative of the outside,’ says Suvalsky. ‘Originally, the property was a golf course before it was developed in the late 1800s, so it was a ‘no-brainer’ to go for green. The actual shade was Benjamin Moore, Basil Green #2029-10 in semi-gloss, giving an even greater depth to the paint color.’
If you aren’t sure where to start with your outdoor décor ideas, simply look beyond your porch steps. Mother nature is the ultimate design inspiration. Your landscape can give you cues around color, materials, furniture orientation, and more.
On this back porch, the throw pillows nod to the colors of the sky and water views through the trees, while the live-edge cocktail table ties in the pine forest.