Beach-Themed Outdoor Living

Bold Porch

Use these decorating ideas to update your outdoor spaces with bright beach colors and relaxing coastal accents.

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Bold Porch

Bold Porch

Beach dwellers are never afraid of a little color, so don't be afraid to try more vibrant hues to achieve a coastal feel in your home. If painting your woodwork feels like too much, just incorporate color with furniture.

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Private Porch

Private Porch
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn, Robbie Caponetto

This second-floor porch has a sense of privacy, with solid railings and overhanging eaves. Dark woven furniture creates a casual seating area with cushions of aqua, green, and white stripes.

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Tropical Porch

Tropical Porch

This sunny little loggia boasts louvered doors that easily transition a casual gathering into an alfresco setting. The louvered doors provide the nostalgic look of old beach cottages and can be opened fully to invite the outdoors in or shut when you need protection from the elements. Canvas curtains add softness and extra protection. Ocean blue accents pop up in the pillow fabrics and in the translucent glassware on the wicker ottoman.


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Bright Green Porch

Bright Green Porch
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

The panel of shutters on the porch, reminiscent of old beach cottages, allow the homeowners to better control sunlight and breezes. The bright green fabric adds a fun punch of color.

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Outdoor Living Room

Outdoor Living Room
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

Because this family doesn't have a conventional foyer, pairs of French doors open right into the main living room. They wanted to transform their front porch into the in-between space to greet guests and neighbors.They decorated their front porch with lamps that look like sea-weathered wood, sisal rugs, and throw pillows with wavy and coral-like patterns inspired by the Atlantic Ocean just a short drive away.

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Entertaining Porch

Entertaining Porch
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn, Robbie Caponetto

Two woven rockers, positioned next to the stucco fireplace on the front porch of this beach house, create the perfect place to unwind on a warm summer night.

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Charleston Piazza

Charleston Piazza
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

Create an area filled with comfy wicker furniture in the traditional Charleston green, recognizable by its almost black color. Low-maintenance materials, such as wicker-looking resin for the frames or treated fabric for the cushions are a great option for a porch. Iron-base tables with honed marble tops are the perfect sidekicks because they combine simple lines with elegant materials. Fun fabrics for accent pillows help add a coastal feel.

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Traditional Beach Deck

Traditional Beach Deck
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn, Robbie Caponetto

Embrace simplicity on your beach deck with traditional Adirondack chairs. A horizontal rail, rather than conventional vertical pickets, provides a seamless view of the ocean. With such a beautiful chair you won't need more than a place to sit.

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Outdoor Kitchen

Outdoor Kitchen
Photo: Charles Walton IV

A fully functional outdoor kitchen is discreetly tucked into its own area for ease in entertaining and dining outdoors. It even includes a dishwasher so that you needn't leave the party to begin clean-up.

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Back Porch Retreat

Back Porch Retreat
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

This back porch is outfitted with coral-patterned pillows and a swinging daybed. Instead of shutters, the homeowners rely on durable draperies made from waterproof sailcloth for shade and privacy. Potted ferns add the lush feel of nearby marshlands to the coastal nautical decor.

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Wicker Front Porch

Classic Charleston Porch
Photography: Laura Moss, Styling: Natasha Louise King

On the porch, or piazza, of this Charleston home style is not an afterthought but a hint of what's to come. Classic white wicker is re-dressed with zesty pillows to match the interior's colors. Together, the classic white wicker and the modern India-inspired motif make a beautiful combination on this classic porch.

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Inviting Pergola

Inviting Pergola
Photo: Charles Walton IV

This Bermudan style pergola, with a hint of the Mediterranean, is a perfect escape for dining, relaxing, and taking in the view. A comfortable seating area is located underneath the pergola where vines that have been planted will eventually create a canopy.

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Poolside Cabana

Poolside Cabana

This open-air pavilion provides the perfect escape from the heat during pool parties or evening entertaining in the summer. The blue-and-white color scheme, canvas curtains, a porthole-style window, and lots of chairs for lounging all reflect coastal style.

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Fish Prep Station

Fish Prep Station
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn, Robbie Caponetto

No beach house is complete without a fish prep station. This one is located in the garage along with space for an outdoor grill to cook up the day's catch.

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Ultimate Sunroom

Ultimate Sunroom
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

Make the most of your view by making your home nearly transparent. Open porches on the first floor catch breezes and large sheets of glass wrap the corners on the upper floors.

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Blissful Pool

Blissful Pool
Charles Walton IV / Styling: Leigh Anne Montgomery

Large 'Medjool' palms flank this pool to offer some shade, while the trunks add a layer of contrasting tone and texture against the white walls. Underfoot is Dominican shellstone, a type of limestone found in the Caribbean. The stones are loosely packed and sand set. Spaces between them are seeded with green dichondra to soften them visually.

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Seashell Garland

Seashell Garland

Using twine, create a garland of seashells, starfish, and any of your other coastal treasures. Attach the shells and starfish to the twine using additional pieces of thinner twine. If needed, use a small drill to make the holes in the shells. Hang your homemade garland to adorn a window.


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