The front porch is all about welcoming and curb appeal, designed as much for guests and passersby as for yourself. But the back porch is an intimate space designed exclusively for you and yours, tailored to your lifestyle and preferred ways of passing time in the privacy of your own backyard.
A back porch can be anything from a an outdoor dining area for family meals and entertaining to a romantic spot for unwinding with your partner, to a solitary spot for contemplating the view. Your back porch decor can be minimalist and designed to blend into the background, or packed with outdoor furniture and accessories that rival your interior or look like an extension of the inside of your home.
Whether you're designing a space for getting more enjoyment out of your weekends, staycations, or the warm carefree days of summer, check out these back porch ideas that explore some of the endless possibilities for creating your own stylish and private backyard oasis.
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Commit to All-White
This open and airy Hudson Valley, New York back porch from NYC-based interior designer Ghislaine Viñas is part of a wrap-around porch that circles the entire home. The main back porch sitting area is outfitted like an outdoor living room, with comfortable upholstered seating in shades of creamy white that melts into the all-white walls, scaffolding, siding, and porch ceiling, leaving the focus on the lush green wide open views.Continue to 2 of 25 below.
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Embrace the Darkness
Using dark neutral colors such as black, charcoal gray, or brown will help to ground your back porch and make it feel more relaxing. This back porch from Michelle Berwick Design has a dark wall that creates a calming feel and contrasts with the warm pine wood ceiling and wood flooring.Continue to 3 of 25 below.
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Hang Oversized Pendant Lights
Calimia Home hung oversized jute pendants lights over a casual dining area on this 1930s Miami Beach back porch that doesn't fight with the architecture and creates an effortless modern space for outdoor family meals.Continue to 5 of 25 below.
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Build In a Banquette
This back porch from Fantastic Frank was built for congregating and conviviality, with a large built-in U-shaped banquette upholstered with cheerful red-and-white striped fabric and a wood-clad ceiling with exposed beams that adds warmth.Continue to 6 of 25 below.
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Hang Billowy Curtains
This breezy porch on the Spanish island of Mallorca from Fantastic Frank has blue-and-white striped upholstered rattan armchairs, colorful flowering bushes, and white walls, floors, and billowy curtains that can be tied back or left closed depending on how much sun is desired.Continue to 8 of 25 below.
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Match the Setting
This Maine back porch from interior designer Tyler Karu is designed in harmony with the wooded setting, with forest green paint on the trim, green bistro chairs, and wood siding, flooring, and a wood-topped dining table.Continue to 9 of 25 below.
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Add Some Skylights
This screened back porch from Design by Becca Interiors has the feel of a great room, with its rooftop skylight windows, pair of chandeliers, and comfortably appointed seating and dining areas.
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Install a Ceiling Fan
This back porch from Marie Flanigan Interiors has brick walls and columns, a wood-clad ceiling, a stone floor, and a comfortable dining area for memorable summer dinners with family and friends. A ceiling fan helps keep the breezes flowing on hot summer nights.Continue to 11 of 25 below.
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Repurpose a Vintage Trunk
On this back porch from My 100 Year Old Home, a painted green trunk with a worn patina doubles as a coffee table while adding some vintage charm.Continue to 12 of 25 below.
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This back porch dining area from JK Interior Living is located just off the living room, and decorated in similar neutral tones to create a seamless transition between the indoors and out.Continue to 13 of 25 below.
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Decorate With Mirrors
Adding unexpected decorative elements like a mirror can help lift your back porch design. On this simple garden-facing back porch from Fantastic Frank, a small gilded vintage mirror reflects light and adds an element of surprise. For even more drama, a tall leaning window mirror positioned against the wall of an open back porch will open up the space and double the view.
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Choose a Sculptural Coffee Table
To keep this outdoor seating area from looking too one note, Calimia Home chose a sculptural coffee table with organic lines that contrasts with the classic architecture and contemporary furnishings and creates a focal point.Continue to 15 of 25 below.
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Install Glass Pane Pocket Doors
This spacious back porch from Mel Bean Interiors has a wall of sliding glass pane window doors that open up the wall between indoors and out in this space designed for family time and entertaining a crowd.Continue to 16 of 25 below.
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Use Curved Furniture
This backyard Florida porch from House of One has a pair of contemporary curved half-moon sofas each with a matching fire pit that creates a sophisticated spot for outdoor living and entertaining against a tropical backdrop of palm trees and landscaped gardens.Continue to 17 of 25 below.
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This Maine beach house back porch from interior designer Tyler Karu is an escapist dream built for one, with its single armchair accessorized with a chunky knit blanket, little round side table with a high rim to pose a glass and a book, and serene wraparound water view that goes on as far as the eye can see.Continue to 18 of 25 below.
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Add a Farm Table
This back porch designed by William Hunter Collective and styled by Emily Henderson Design features a wooden farm table, backless bench, rattan chairs, a floating candleholder, and a generous smattering of plants to create a cozy place for a fair weather meal.Continue to 19 of 25 below.
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Use Low Slung Seating
Interior designer Maite Granda added a conversation zone with low slung seating and a small round coffee table that's perfect for setting the teenagers up for afternoon refreshments while the adults have their own more formal seating area on the opposite side of the back porch.Continue to 20 of 25 below.
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Add Geometric Tile Flooring
This spacious back porch from Cathie Hong Interiors has minimalist furniture and decor, allowing the dynamic geometric patterned floor tile to make a statement and add a sense of movement to the space between the back door and the yard.Continue to 21 of 25 below.
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Try an Indoor Outdoor Floor Lamp
The options for indoor outdoor lighting are endless these days, from portable LED lighting to weatherproof lighting that looks as stylish as anything you would find indoors. A tall floor lamp adds an outdoor living room vibe to this Florida back porch from interior designer Maite Granda.Continue to 22 of 25 below.
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Slipcover the Couch
The outdoor slipcovered couch on this poolside back porch from Jenn Pablo Studio is stylish enough to work indoors, accessorized with stone-colored throw pillows and a sculptural wood coffee table that brings the organic laid back California vibes.Continue to 23 of 25 below.
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This Florida poolside back porch from interior designer Maite Granda has simple outdoor furniture that's embellished with an indoor/outdoor rug, a pair of decorative lanterns, and a flowering orchid that adds a note of color and height on a side table.Continue to 24 of 25 below.
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Install a Wall-Mounted TV
This homey back porch from Emily Henderson Design has comfortable furnishings, farmhouse-style lanterns, and a wall-mounted TV for hosting al fresco movie nights.Continue to 25 of 25 below.
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Keep It Simple
This New Jersey beachfront home from Christina Kim Interior Design has an ocean view that is visible from the back porch, and the upstairs balcony that is built on top of it. The porch is outfitted simply with a pair of chairs and a small table that purposefully fades into the background, providing a peaceful spot for morning coffee, evening drinks, or contemplating the ocean from a shady and comfortable perch.