8 Patio and Porch Trends for 2024, From Bold Colors to Covered Porches

8 Patio and Porch Trends for 2024, From Bold Colors to Covered Porches

by CORI SEARS.  Originally published by thespruce.com on 01/06/24

Summer is officially upon us, so it's time to freshen up our patio spaces to put to good use this summer!  Here are eight patio and porch trends to watch out for in 2024, according to design experts. 

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  • Bold Colors and Patterns

    Colorful outdoor patio.Dazey Den

    We’ve seen a shift away from all-neutral-everything in interiors for a few years now, and designers agree that we can expect to see the same in outdoor living spaces in 2024. Think bright, bold colors and playful patterns.

    “Your outdoor setup is a low-stakes place to play with pattern—try it by mixing florals, stripes, and bold hues for that perfectly throw-together look,” says Heather Goerzen, design director at Havenly

    Rather than replacing all of your existing patio/porch furniture and decor, Goerzen recommends bringing in color and pattern using easy-to-change textiles like pillows and throw blankets. This will give you the space and opportunity to play around with how colors and patterns look together in an affordable and low-commitment way.

  • 02

    Extending Indoor Spaces

    Outdoor patio that acts as an extension of the indoor living room.
     Morgante Wilson Architects

    Across the board, nearly all of the design experts we spoke to agreed that they expect the biggest trend of 2024 will be seamlessly blending indoor and outdoor spaces—essentially, making the patio or porch feel like a natural extension of the home’s interior. This involves making design choices like matching the flooring inside the house to the porch or patio flooring materials, choosing matching furniture and decor, sticking to the same color palette, and more.

    “Materials like stone, wood, and tile are increasingly common choices for porch floors and walls that match the aesthetic inside,” says Keely Smith, lead interior designer at JD Elite Interiors.

  • 03

    Outdoor Kitchens

    Large outdoor kitchen.
     Marie Flanigan Interiors

    Along similar lines, designers say we can expect to see outdoor kitchens continue to be popular in the New Year. As homeowners increasingly look to spend time at home following the recent travel boom, Lucy Small, founder of home design and supply company State & Season based in North Georgia; says that she expects to see outdoor kitchens expand with more luxurious features. Think: built-in fireplaces, custom pizza ovens, expansive counter space, smokers, wine refrigerators, and more. 

  • 04

    Comfortable Seating Areas

    Outdoor porch with comfortable seating area.

    Goodbye, uncomfortable plastic patio furniture—you’re not welcome in 2024! Comfortable and functional outdoor seating that is made to last is where it’s at this year. This is a trend we’ve seen for a couple of years now, but designers don’t expect it to go anywhere anytime soon.

    Plush outdoor couches, chairs, and outdoor sectionals are increasing in popularity year after year thanks to durable performance fabrics that are designed to withstand the elements. 

  • 05

    Organic Materials and Textures

    Patio with organic textures and materials.

    Natural materials and textures like rattan, jute, stone, terracotta, and wood are certainly nothing new in both interior and exterior design, but Goerzen says they’re not going anywhere this year.

    “Organic textures continue to reign supreme in 2024, mostly thanks to their relaxed, lived-in look that blends effortlessly with other furnishings and styles,” she says.

    Just like you would indoors, bring some natural finishes and textures to your patio or porch space to add some warmth and character to the final look. Decor like pillows, throw blankets, outdoor rugs, planters, decorative trays and baskets, and lighting are great for incorporating organic materials effortlessly and affordably.

  • 06

    Brick Pavers

    Outdoor patio with red brick pavers.

    Brick pavers are truly timeless, but they’ve come back into style in a major way over the past few years. Not only are they incredibly versatile and customizable, but they provide a rustic, slightly lived-in aesthetic that works in any outdoor setup, regardless of the architecture or style of your home, Goerzen says. Plus, they can be laid in lots of different unique patterns, from herringbone to basketweave to stacked and everything in between. 

  • 07

    Small Decks and Patios

    Low on outdoor space? That’s not stopping homeowners in 2024. Designers agree people are increasingly looking to maximize their outdoor living areas, regardless of size. This means that small decks and patios designed with functionality in mind are set to be trending this year more than ever.

    Julie Nobles, a communications representative from home renovation and design platform Houzz, shares that the platform has seen an increasing interest in design solutions for small outdoor spaces.

    “For homeowners with modest-sized yards, adding a small patio or deck can turn an unused side yard or entry into an inviting outdoor living space," she says. "Decks are especially practical, as they can be built on uneven terrain."

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    Enclosed or Partially-Covered Porches

    Lastly, enclosed or partially-covered porches that can be closed in are gaining popularity as multi-season spaces, says Smith. For homeowners that experience frequent inclement weather, the additional protection from the elements can dramatically extend how often the space is used. Glass panels, screened-in options, or even a roof with curtains that can be drawn are a few popular options when it comes to enclosing a porch or patio.   

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