5 Porch and Patio Design Ideas

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Published on April 21, 2020

Preparing for patio season means different things depending on the type of space you’re working with. Some of us look forward to lounging in our yards during warmer months, whereas others of us are lucky to have a small balcony. And where some revel in 70ºF weather year-round, others experience only a few months of sunshine. No matter your situation, you can implement these five ideas to harness the essence of spring and fully embrace patio season.

5 Savvy Ideas for Warm Weather

Diving headfirst into warm-weather furniture isn’t always the best idea, especially in climates that are known to battle rain (or snow) well into spring. 

The dyed acrylic fabric of West Elm’s Playa Outdoor Sofa ensures durability and comfort while the understated silhouette complements any modern or bohemian patio design. Our favorite part about the Playa Outdoor Sofa? It’s versatile enough to bring indoors. Yes, you read that correctly. Not only is it the perfect sunroom solution, but it can also provide your living room or entryway with extra seating. 

Designed with easy transport in mind, these weather-proof folding patio chairs from Wayfair are as chic as they are efficient–they come with matching ottomans, too.

Outdoor dining is one of our favorite ways to bask in warm weather. The first outdoor meal is a momentous occasion as it informs spring that we’ve welcomed the new season with open arms.

If space allows, give new meaning to the idea of “dining out” by going all-in on the South Port Dining Table from Zuri Studios. This adaptable, yet classic piece will fare well outdoors for years to come. Compliment its minimalist, natural wood aesthetic with the Philip Patio Chair Set from Wayfair. These chairs are practically made for apartment dwellers who don’t want to sacrifice comfort.

If you anticipate spending time outdoors, ensure you’re set up to stay awhile. Ample seating is a must, but there are a few key factors that make a world of difference. Chief among them: heat and light.

This large fire pit from Home Depot does double duty. Bright enough to illuminate a late-night patio tablescape and strong enough to keep your guests warm well into the evening, the Lara Steel Propane Tabletop Fireplace from Wayfair is a great, more compact alternative to a fire pit.

While they don’t deliver on heat, string lights and outdoor lanterns certainly heighten the romance of an evening spent under the stars.

Goodbye mulled wine and spiked cider, hello tangy, chilly cocktails. The cool relief of your favorite springy sip—be it lemonade or limoncello—always seems to authenticate the changing of seasons. 

Even though we’re hosting virtual happy hours for the foreseeable future, there’s no better way to celebrate than to cheers from your respective outdoor oases. 

Before the fun begins, we suggest you invest in a portable station. This antique-inspired Coolidge Bar Cart from Horchow delivers on style (and in the more literal sense, much-enjoyed spirits). Round out your setup with a bar toolset, like this $40 find from Pottery Barn. Add a set of hand-blown glasses to the mix and you’re in for one elevated happy hour. And if you’re in the market for a few charcuterie staples, we have you covered.

Whether you opt for an easy umbrella or you go full-on gazebo, a sun-block is essential. Home Depot’s Deluxe Solar Powered LED Lighted Patio Umbrella is one of the more impressive options. This umbrella casts shade in whichever direction you choose. It also stands up against the elements, and the LED lights keep your happy hour festive after dark, even if it’s just you and your partner. For a luxurious bohemian vibe, we’re partial to the Canopy Umbrella with Fringe from World Market. 

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Need help piecing together your outdoor space this spring? Discover your style and get in touch with a Havenly designer today.

Words by Havenly Staff