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Five Elements of a Perfect Porch

There is no better place to while away a balmy afternoon or evening than on the porch, with a glass of lemonade or sweet tea in your hand and a friend by your side. This indispensable outdoor living space is great fun to decorate any time of year, but especially so during warm-weather months. Read on to see our top five picks for porch elements that will help you savor summer.

Rocker of Ages
Like the classic porch swing, rocking chairs are another seating staple. Whether wood or wicker, rockers work best in pairs, set up for conversation with a friend. Position an accent table between them to hold drinks and snacks or a colorful floral arrangement.

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  Photographed by BlackstoneEdge.com and Styled by Donna Pizzi
See more of this home in Country Sampler July 2018
Space to Dream
Sleeping porches first came into vogue in the early 20th century, when many people believed that fresh air helped stave off illness. Such porches were often screened-in to let homeowners enjoy the cool night air while keeping bugs at bay. Whether you have a screened-in porch or an open-air structure, consider including a daybed where you can comfortably nap on a lazy summer afternoon or curl up with a good book. Provide privacy for your restful retreat with curtain panels or shutters.
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  Photographed by Bill Mathews and Styled by Gloria Gale
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Swing Time
Perhaps the most quintessential of porch props, the ceiling-mounted swing puts relaxation in motion. Find a size and material that suits your home and be sure to add layers of comfort with pillows and a quilt or throw. If your porch canít accommodate a swing, consider a two-seat glider for a similar effect.
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  Photographed by BlackstoneEdge.com and Styled by Donna Pizzi
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Alfresco Dining
In the warmer months, outdoor dining can be a delight, elevating an everyday family meal or providing extra entertaining space for a summer party. Furnishing your porch with a table and chairs will also serve as a surface for board games, craft projects or other leisurely pursuits, adding to your enjoyment of your porch.

Fab Floor
Porch floors are often painted, but thereís no reason to stick with a solid color. Create interest with a patterned design, from a simple stripe or checkerboard to something more complex, like this compass rose design. If you want pattern underfoot but prefer not to paint a design, choose a colorful outdoor area rug to define your space.
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  Photographed and Styled by Gridley + Graves
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