Paint Your Screened Porch a Different Color Than Your House – Really!
Ah summer, I’m truly porch daydreaming these days! A cool cocktail in the evening, as the sun sets, and the fan whirling overhead. Heaven.
You probably can’t tell from my photos, but the screened porch I feature on my site is a different color than the exterior of my home. My downstairs is open concept and that poses some decorating challenges.! I’ve written about some tricks to help you here Decorating Dilemma: Solutions for Open Concept Floor Plans
The open concept includes seeing from the foyer straight through to my screened porch. My kitchen has double doors right out to the porch. A GREAT entertainment space! The color of my porch became very important to complete the look of my home decor.
Are you a rule follower? I confess I am in most of my life and walk a straight line, but in decorating I believe in breaking the rules. Personalizing your space means you should break the rules from time to time. That’s what creates an eclectic and a unique-to-you home. I’m a big fan of that!
Normally, homeowners keep the screened porch or patio the same color as their home – like I did. Why, because we have to?
I’m here to tell you to break that rule unless you have an exterior color that works with the interior of your home, but usually that’s not the case. What if you have a red siding house, but your interior colors are in shades of green and white? You don’t want to be celebrating Christmas all year!
That brings me to my home and why I sought out something different. I love the exterior color, which is a dark grayed blue with black shutters and white trim. It’s the perfect mix for my double porch Charleston styled home.
However, nothing about the downstairs interior of my home is dark. It’s all soft pale colors and seeing that dark blue through my kitchen was driving me CRAZY! Throughout my downstairs I have a very coastal feel with colors of sand, sea and sky.
I added furniture, a rug, mirror, drapes and plants…I still wasn’t happy. Judge for yourself – it is dark and dreary despite my efforts.
When you looked through to my screened porch the light stopped in that space and closed it in, so I never sat out on my porch.
Now that I compare to what it looks like today I almost can’t believe how I’ve been able to transform this small space.
That’s when I decided to break a rule and paint the porch a color other than the exterior of my home.
I searched the Internet looking for validation on making this decision and no one else talked about doing this, so maybe I just didn’t find it or I am a trailblazer 🙂
To keep that light and airy feel of my downstairs I choose a nice neutral (think sand) that worked with the cushions of the furniture at the time. I knew it would be timeless regardless of the changes that I made because I ALWAYS do!
Plus it was a beautiful complement to the colors in my kitchen and family room. I also invested in planters, topiaries, a gorgeous mirror, rug and pillows. A gray and sand color scheme started to form and it was the start of the look I have today.
WOW what a difference! The screened porch now felt like an extension of my indoor living space and changed everything! I went from never sitting out there to always sitting on my screened porch especially for my morning coffee.
It opened up a new entertainment space. My friends and family loved siting on the porch.
Next, I added a TV to make it an even better space. I’m a big Clemson Tiger football fan (National Champs 2016!) and wanted to be “outside” while I watched the games. Soon I’ll be streaming my son’s college football games, when I can’t be there in person. Perfection!
Create a 2nd entertainment and TV Watching Area
Even with all of those changes it wasn’t the lounge space I wanted to create. The table bench seating wasn’t all that comfortable and you couldn’t put up your feet, which is really what you want to do when you relax. Not everyone could see the TV from the table.
When my parents come to visit, usually the girls and boys want to watch different shows. Same in your house? As my son got older, he wanted to watch sports with my dad, while my mom and I binged on Netflix.
Making the porch into a secondary TV watching location started becoming more important. Adding a large sofa and two chairs became my obsession.
This is when I first started using Pinterest and created a board with my ultimate vision for this room.
Save and make changes over time
For the next year, I saved up to buy new furniture to make it a lounge space. What I think is important to convey is how LONG it took me to create this space. I saved and updated every spring over 6 years!
This was NOT a “One Room Challenge™ room that happened in six weeks. It was cultivated and adjusted over time.
Here are links to the exact items in the room or something close to inspire you to save up!
What I Love about this space
- The color palette. Gray and Sand is so soothing. I used Valspar 3007-10B Cliveden Sandstone
- Overflow entertainment space
- TV watching “outside”
- Comfy furniture large enough to lie down
It is now the most favorite room in the house! I love it because not only is it a beautiful room, but it complements the interior of my home and is USEFUL!
So join me in trailblazing and breaking those decorating “rules”. Take a chance and paint your porch a different color than the exterior of your house!