Screen Porch Ideas

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A screen porch doesn't have to look like a makeshift, cheap enclosure folks have seen cobbled together on mobile homes and cottages. Screen porches can be cozy havens, featuring different themes, materials and even artwork. Nor does the screen porch concept have to be limited to an actual porch. Screen enclosures can be used in various areas around the yard to make living large in the outdoors a pleasure.

Function

  • Screen porches can turn any outdoor area into an outdoor haven. They protect the interior of the porch from bugs and debris that may be blowing about. Some can also add a modicum of shade, depending on the type of screen and accessories people pick. To complete the outdoor living function, pack the porch with comfortable outdoor furniture that complements the porch's look. Porch floors can simply be painted or left bare, accessorized with throw rugs.

Victorian

  • Lots of molded wood, archways, carvings and a bright white coat of paint are the way to go for a Victorian screen porch. If wood is too costly and not durable enough, fiberglass that looks like wood makes a great substitute. Decorative columns and archways will make up the framework of this screen porch, embellished with latticework at the top and bottom borders. Screens are installed beneath the archways, between columns and behind the border latticework. Don't forget the finishing touches of ivy, potted flowers and hanging vines throughout the area.

Rustic

  • A sturdy frame of stone or logs works well for the rustic screen porch. The framework can be built with wood covered in a stone veneer, or logs can be used to emulate the log cabin look. Screens are attached between large, solid pillars of log or stone. For an even cozier look, build up the bottom and top portions of the porch borders with the same framework materials, leaving a large enough area for the screens to allow a crisp, mountain breeze. Heavy clay pots filled with fern, decorative moss and other deep greenery complete the look.

Desert

  • An adobe frame is the way to go for a desert screen porch. A fiberglass frame will work, covered in a faux adobe finish, if that's an easier option. If real adobe is used, the material makes for a very cool porch in the summer heat. Screen openings should be circular or at least rounded on the ends for a softer feel. Large, potted cactus, canvas shades and stone embellishments work well with the desert porch. Other options include adding a small ornamental sandbox or fountain, the latter symbolic of the perfect oasis the porch has become.

Funky

  • A basic metal frame, painted in bright, swirling or faux finish enamel, is the foundation for the funky screen porch. The screens themselves should be equally funky, with a burnished copper or bright color if available. Mobiles, hanging wire fish and strategically placed sculptures finish off the funky porch.

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