The Southern climate is made for porch sitting. Southern Living has hundreds of photos of inspiring porches to create your own outdoor gathering place.
First, focus on your design style. Are you drawn to lowcountry casual or classical nautical porches? A calming area for two, or porches that are fit for a crowd? Porches can be a comfortable, simple place to gather—with white railings, classic wicker furniture, and lush potted plants. Add a swing to quickly transform your porch into a relaxing living space. Or, porches can be a marriage of form and function—a multipurpose space to double as a secret garden or house a mini kitchen. When decorating your porch, find a few colors that speak to your soul and stick with them. And don’t forget the ceiling fan, a must for Southern porches! Then grab a glass of sweet tea and kick up your feet.