Back Porch Charm

Bright colors and whimsical accessories bring a sense of fun and folly to a bayside home.

A picture of an enclosed porch accented with bright colors.

Sign Language

Turn vintage signs into eye-catching artwork by hanging them sky-high on the back porch wall.


A picture of a porch swing.

A Porch with Punch

A cool shade of white offers the perfect backdrop for brilliant pops of color. Make a swinging daybed positively irresistible with the addition of plump pillows in a variety of interesting fabrics. Emphasize the beach locale while underscoring the happy color scheme with fun touches like painted metalwork and ceramic animals, whimsical art pieces, and embroidered linens.


photos of porch dining and a painted faux rug.

Tickle Your Toes

Add splashes of color by painting faux rugs in bold patterns directly onto the floor, then highlight those same hues with other accessories. For more versatility, try the identical effect on painter’s drop cloths, and look for colorful art pieces that can be moved or changed as you please.





Please Be Seated

Who needs to eat out when you can dine in with such style? Channel the charm of the ’50s with retro whatnots tucked among the shelves and with wicker painted in the era’s signature turquoise shade.


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Take the Leap

Use a great piece of art as inspiration for the color scheme for the entire house.


pictures of a guest bedroom with blue and green furniture.

Cozy Welcome

Create a restful guest retreat with bedding in soft shades of green and ivory, then add a few thoughtfully chosen accessories that lend both color and interest to the space.