Modern Design Trends: Enhancing Home Aesthetics with Screened-In Porches

Improving your home’s overall appeal is a goal that doesn’t have to be far out of reach. When you don’t have a large budget or don’t want to do a complete home remodel, adding a screened-in porch makes sense and adds lots of functional versatility to your home. 

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There are several modern design trends that not only make your home’s new screened-in porch look just as charming as the rest of the house but also enhance the overall appeal of your home. If you already have a screened-in porch, you’re in luck: there are several ways to upgrade and revitalize this space so you love it even more. If you don’t have a screened-in porch already, you’ll get some great insight as to why installing one for aesthetic appeal is a wise choice. Modern design trends and your screened-in porch can go hand-in-hand. Choose a screen porch builder to assist you in getting the most out of your home’s project so you can either enhance the porch space you already have or install a new porch that brings new life to your property.

Modern Design Trends To Consider With Screened-In Porches

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The best thing about screened-in porches is how versatile you can make these areas with a little modern flair. Here are some simple ways you can take your porch from just functional to stunning and welcoming. 

Incorporate Versatile Flooring

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Since your screened-in porch is an all-year or all-season room that brings the outdoors iniside, you want to include flooring that is versatile and designed to withstand heat and moisture while still being comfortable and alluring. Here are some options: 

Indoor/Outdoor Carpet

For a cost-effective yet alluring solution to your flooring needs, consider indoor/outdoor carpeting. It’s easy to clean and vacuum, comfortable to walk on, easy to install, and will last for many years. If you want a seamless and colorful transition in your home from your main home to your porch, carpeting is a wise choice. 


If you’re looking for a more sustainable solution to your screened-in porch’s flooring needs, bamboo is an excellent choice. Not only is bamboo beautiful, it’s readily renewable so it has less impact on the environment than other types of flooring might. As a bonus, you can also incorporate bamboo wall coverings and furnishings in your porch area for the perfect touch to this elegant home addition. 

Natural Stone Or Tile

Natural stone or tile can give your porch area a classically rustic and Tuscan-style appeal that takes your home’s decorative style to a whole new level. From brick to porcelain to limestone to river rock, there are several stone and tile elements you can add to your screened–in porch to make it decadent and welcoming. 

Add Decorative Elements

There are several ways you can creatively enhance a screened-in porch so the rest of your home also benefits. Try incorporating some of the following decorative elements to give your living space a splash of color, texture, and other creative elements to enhance not just your porch area, but all the surrounding rooms. 

Sustainable Elements

Sustainable elements, including an ornate rug made of sustainable materials (bamboo, rags, cork), can pull multiple rooms together while making your living space truly unique. Place one large rug in the center of your screened-in porch or several smaller rugs in various locations to create versatility and to add color to the space. 

Solar lighting is another sustainable element you can add to your screened-in porch. Sunlight naturally charges these solar lights by day, and then they are fully lit at night for entertainment purposes (you can also turn lights off or change their lighting abilities as needed). 

Defining Textures

So many textures can be included in the design of your screened-in porch entry way and room to draw the eye and create a welcoming atmosphere. Consider lace curtains for main windows (you can alternate so every other window gets curtains), velvet and courduroy couch cushions, and wool throws in various patterns and colors to make the room engaging and fun. 

Easy-Care Plant Life 

Make entertaining in and enjoying your screened-in porch (and exterior elements surrounding your porch) a breeze with plants that are super easy to care for. Succulents and other plants that don’t require a lot of water (and not a lot of sun either) are ideal to put in spaces like this. 

For inspiration, turn to Mother Nature: incorporate indoor floral elements in your favorite colors into your home’s porch area. Alternate potted plants that sit directly on the floor in decorative pots with plants that hang from the ceiling or sit on small decorative tables to add dimension to your space and let the greenery have a randomized, earthy appeal. 

Incorporate What You Have Into The Space 

When you take elements of your existing home and put them in your screened-in porch, you help give your home a more cohesive appeal. Do this with a similar color scheme or theme that blends well in all your home’s spaces for the best effect. 

Enjoying Your Property

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You can use your screened-in porch for a variety of purposes, from a dining area to a book nook to a small entertainment area. Enjoy your property to its fullest and don’t forget that your screened-in porch is just as comfortable and elegant as the rest of your home, if not more so!

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