Maggie Griffin’s Tips for Creating an Inviting Outdoor Living Space

Southern Home caught up with Maggie Griffin of Maggie Griffin Design for her tips on creating the perfect porch. 

Photos courtesy of Maggie Griffin

Consider one’s porch as an extension of the main living spaces, with ample room for family and friends to sit among several comfy chairs or rockers, a deep sofa with fluffy cushions, and a pair of outdoor lamps to give both ambiance and reading light.

Photos courtesy of Maggie Griffin

– Painted ceilings in a soft shade of blue give a decidedly Southern feel, particularly Half Moon Crest by Benjamin Moore. A “haint blue” porch ceiling instantly conveys a different time and is such a pretty touch to add to an already welcoming entry.

– Outdoor fabrics and throw pillows give peace of mind to the porch furniture and cushions, where among the elements, having wipeable surfaces gives a clean look and offers easy touch-ups before company arrives.

– For the feel of a true living room, a natural fiber rug is an excellent choice when deciding the materials underfoot. Sisals, jutes, seagrasses are all fun options to give a sense of bringing the interior living room to the outdoor porch. Faux hides are also a wonderful way to layer rugs on a porch….they withstand the elements, after all!

– Plenty of plants on plant stands, in pots, in planters, and foot baths create an organic ambiance that feels both lush and comforting. Ferns are a great choice, along with orchids, seasonal pots, and herbs.

– Bar carts with glasses and mixers keep entertaining essentials within arm’s reach. What’s better than not having to travel far to refill one’s wine glass?

Photos courtesy of Maggie Griffin

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