65 Beachy Porches and Patios
A vintage teak daybed by Columbus and Cook takes center stage in this Bahamas outdoor living room. Louvered shutters lend privacy while allowing the island breeze to flow.
Endless vistas of chartreuse marsh grass and blue-gray water are the focal point of this breezy porch. A white and turquoise picnic set adds a cheerful vibe.
Colorful Ocean-front Deck
Adirondacks adorned in big blue cushions make for an inviting spot to enjoy morning coffee or happy hour cocktails on this Rockport, Massachusetts, porch.
The deck of our Cinnamon Shore, Texas, Showhouse has it all: a perfectly situated dining nook and a cozy conversation nook. The green Sunbrella fabric mingles softly with the pale blue exterior walls, and punchy geometric throw pillows enliven the space.
This Watersound, Florida, screened porch is the picture of relaxation, with its hanging daybed outfitted in lime green, navy, and turquoise throw pillows. A string of bistro lights add to the whimsy.
Coastal blues and greens—from cozy pillows to a graphic rug—create a lively color scheme for this porch. Two oversize hanging swings offer a scenic spot for an afternoon nap.
This porch on the island of Vieques in Puerto Rico is airy and inviting, thanks to the well cushioned teak sofa and lounge chairs. The palette perfectly echoes the beautiful views beyond.
Lovely Outdoor Lounge
An L-shaped built-in bench with plush cushions and pillows, plus a duo of appetizer-ready tables, makes for an alfresco-ready hangout on the Jersey Shore.
This Sullivan’s Island screened porch is a favorite perch for watching boats pass in and out of nearby Charleston Harbor. A sectional sofa suited for the outdoors offers plenty of room for lounging and entertaining friends.
Gulf-Front Pool Deck
Streamlined aluminum and teak lounge chairs (from Barlow Tyrie) make the perfect perches for this poolside escape in Seagrove, Florida.
This outdoor living room in Belvedere, California, is the perfect place to savor the shade or sun. Striped curtains and comfortable outdoor furniture by JANUS et Cie add an indoor feel to the space.
Posh by the Pool
The contemporary lounges on the patio of our 2012 Ultimate Beach House in Rosemary Beach, Florida, are made of wicker designed to withstand extreme sunlight and have midew-resistant cushions that shed water. Lime accessories pep up the deeper shades of the plantings
Get the Look: The furniture is from Westminster Teak. The flooring is concrete.
A glass-framed fireplace anchors this warm and cozy patio on Fidalgo Island, Washington.
This dock on an inlet off the Intracoastal Waterway in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, became the perfect outdoor escape for homeowner and designer Karen Robertson. Laid back outdoor furniture is spruced up with slip covers, throw pillows, and a table cloth in nautical prints.
Louvered walls in this high-ceilinged gazebo add interest and provide the benefit of an open, airy space with the sun-shielding and wind-buffering protection (and privacy) of a hideaway.
Beautiful Back Porch
The back porch of our 2013 Showhouse in Daniel Island, South Carolina, is all about comfort and calming colors. The blue palette ranges from light to dark and is balanced by the natural-hued wicker furniture.
Brightly hued suzani throw pillows add a pop of color to this Gulf Coast perch. A striped indoor/outdoor rug provides ample cushioning for bare feet.
Bold in Blue
A bright blue-and-white striped rug brings a burst of color to this otherwise simple porch. Sturdy wicker chairs provide prime seating for a seaside view.
Ready for a Crowd
This simple, neutral dining table makes an ideal spot for seaside entertaining thanks to generous seating and ample cushions. A decorative mirror and plush pillows complete the look.
Happy yellow mixes playfully with the soft sea foam Adirondack on this Abaco Island porch.
A batik-print umbrella and oversize woven furniture make a simple but stylish statement. A ceramic garden stool creates a space-saving side table on the petite patio.
A simple outdoor fireplace makes a patio or porch functional year-round. Plush cushions on comfy wide-backed chairs make it the perfect place for enjoying a cocktail on a cool evening.
A shady loggia connects to the main house for easy entertaining. Vintage white furniture beckons swimmers to lounge in the sun for a while.
Under the Stars
Teak furnishings and Moroccan-style lanterns make this Malibu patio perfect for dining al fresco.
Deep navy and pops of bright orange create an inviting outdoor atmosphere. Vintage bamboo furniture gets revived with cushions covered in a geometric print.
This waterside deck provides a front row—and super comfortable—seat to endless blue water and sky. Ground-level decks are fantastic options when shorelines preclude setting up chairs directly on the water’s edge, as when a coast is rocky or tides run high.
On a whimsical play of a classic color combination, a glossy red floor contrasts with black-and-white accents such as the striped outdoor cushions and decorative wall art.
Outdoor Living Room
Adding floor-length drapes in water-resistant fabric is a great way to make outdoor spaces feel like extensions of the home. They provide cooling shade in the summer, insulation and warmth in the winter, and privacy all year round.
An abundant array of seating makes for a warm and inviting porch to enjoy with friends and neighbors. A lime green rug and planters add a touch of color and celebrate the surrounding foliage.
On this balcony in Treasure Beach, Jamaica, the décor is simple. Butterfly chairs and a coffee table are accented with eye-catching concrete floors and a bamboo pendant.
A contemporary hanging swing and a paper lantern complements the streamlined feel to this covered porch.
Playful striped curtains make this porch a fun and inviting place to relax, while also keeping the sun at bay. A white swing and decorative lanterns lend a chic touch.
Summer Striped Porch
This simple, contemporary deck is ideal for hangouts in the fresh Southampton breeze. Directors chairs make for comfortable seating that invites guests to stay a while.
Neutral gray walls help keep this outdoor space cool, along with a light striped fabric. Railroading the stripes (running them horizontally) creates a bolder effect.
Deck by the Sea
While building codes vary, a great option for low decks is a low-slung railing that can provide extra seating without encumbering the view.
The brilliant turquoise waters of Anna Maria Island, Florida, are the star of the show on this glass-walled porch. The white wicker furnishings pop against the shoreline.
Glass French doors provide easy access to a porch, plus they bring seaside views indoors. A wooden table and chairs positioned toward the water is all this simple porch needs.
A wraparound porch ensures you’ll have spectacular views. Built-in benches with plush pillows provide seating to enjoy the relaxing ocean waves.
The patio of the Daniel Island Showhouse is the perfect outdoor hangout space along the Wando river, with plenty of cushy seating and a fun fire pit.
Mix and Match
Contrasting building materials, like knotty wood beams and unfinished flooring are offset by Ionic fluted columns and classic railings for plenty of architectural interest on this porch. The décor leans toward neutral, letting the eye be drawn to the turquoise and blue water beyond.
Pebble flooring and a glowing fireplace give this patio a warm, natural feel. A wooden table, director-style chairs, and a tree trunk centerpiece enhance the rustic vibe.
This classic-meets-contemporary deck on Figure Eight Island, North Carolina, is the perfect place for the homeowners to enjoy the salt air and inspiring sunsets. The seating is from Brown Jordan’s Fusion Collection.
Beautiful Blue Porch
This Lowcountry cottage is bursting with charm, and it starts on the deep front porch. The pretty blue palette is both soothing, thanks to the pale seafoam, and energizing, because of the bold turquoise accents. And of course we can’t resist a hanging day bed.
Unfinished teak furniture has a relaxed, driftwood vibe on this stone patio. Sandy-hued cushions and shell white and ocean blue pillows piled atop gray frames establish a tried-and-true seaside palette.
A sturdy stone table and mesh chairs are the perfect low maintenance choice for this John’s Island, Florida, patio. "The family doesn't live here full-time, so I chose pieces they wouldn't have to store in storms and that didn't require much cleaning," says designer Phoebe Howard. A quick hose down is all that's needed to ensure the space is party ready.
Pretty as a Picture
Don’t lose sight of the real goal: maximizing the view. Keep furniture low and stick with clean lines and simple materials.
Sleek and Simple
With a straight-edge table and stylishly modern umbrella, this outdoor patio keeps entertaining simple. A multilevel patio breaks the space up into separate outdoor rooms.
This sun-drenched rooftop deck sits right next to a lantern room replica atop a lighthouse-inspired home in Newport Beach, California.
Pea gravel creates the illusion of an area rug on this modern patio. A dramatic sculpture creates a focal point and lends interest to this outdoor living room.
Robin’s Egg blue is repeated on the painted ceiling and striped indoor/outdoor fabrics that adorn this King-size hanging bed overlooking the Gulf on Cedar Key, Florida.
A narrow porch can make for a surprisingly accommodating outdoor room, as evidenced by our Idea Cottage in Seagrove, Florida. Designer Paige Schnell incorporated a playful palette of teal and yellow (we love the striped curtains with nautical rope ties) for a warm front porch welcome.