Summer is almost here and that means getting my outdoor covered porch ready for lots of friends and family to enjoy. We added this covered porch about 5 years ago and absolutely love having this as an extension to our home. It acts as an outdoor living and dining room. We are out here almost everyday so it provides a versatile area where you can relax, entertain, and enjoy the fresh air while being protected from the elements. To make the most of your outdoor covered space, it’s essential to create a cozy atmosphere that invites you to spend time there. In this post, I will share my tips and ideas to help you transform your outdoor covered porch into a cozy haven.
1. Add An Outdoor Rug
Outdoor rugs are a great addition to any outdoor covered space, as they not only add visual appeal but also contribute to the overall coziness and comfort of the area. As you can see, I love to add natural tones to my outdoor space but colorful and bold would be a fun option too! Add the rug and design that achieves the look you are going for. I fell in love with the Stenhouse Flatweave Performance Rug from Boutique Rugs. Its neutral gray tones along with the fringe on either side make for a gorgeous outdoor rug!
2. Choose Comfortable Seating
Start by selecting comfortable seating options that encourage relaxation. Opt for plush cushions and cozy pillows that invite you to sink in and unwind. Sectional sofas, lounge chairs, hammocks, or even a porch swing can add a touch of coziness to your outdoor space. I chose this 7 piece wicker sectional that has held up great for the last 5 years. It is not only comfortable but holds lots of guests when we are entertaining.
3. Add Pillows and Poufs for Extra Relaxation
Outdoor poufs are versatile and stylish additions to an outdoor covered space, offering both functionality and comfort. Outdoor poufs also serve multiple purposes in an outdoor space. They can be used as additional seating options, footrests, or even as small side tables. Their compact size and lightweight nature make them easy to move around and position wherever needed.
I found these poufs at Boutique Rugs and they have been a game changer! Being able to put our feet up adds another level of relaxation. These are called the Geyser Poufs, and I love the natural design and how soft and comfortable they are. I finished off the look by mixing and matching outdoor pillows for added comfort to our outdoor sectional. These outdoor pillows are from Target and HomeGoods.
4. Introduce Natural Elements
Bring the beauty of nature into your outdoor covered space by incorporating natural elements. Consider potted plants, hanging baskets, or a vertical garden to add greenery and a refreshing vibe. I have a mixture of real and faux plants under my covered porch. Additionally, you can place a small water feature like a fountain or a birdbath to enhance the natural ambiance with the soothing sound of water.
You can see the full tutorial on how I made this vertical herb garden. Love how it turned out!
Transforming your outdoor covered space into a cozy retreat is all about creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. By adding a few of these tips, you can make your outdoor area a cozy haven where you’ll love spending time with family and friends. Embrace these ideas and let your creativity guide you to make your outdoor covered space a truly inviting and relaxing oasis.