One Room Challenge™ Spring 2020 Boho Chic Screened Porch-Week 3


Week 3 has arrived and with it my first dilemma!  In case you missed my prior One Room Challenge blog posts here they are! Week 1, Week 2

We are moving right along! The paint is complete on both the trim and the floors. I’ll be sharing floor photos below, but now we must figure out the ceiling. Have you ever perused the porches of historic homes, many in the South?  They have these magnificent ceilings, typically done in wood.  I have looked at hundreds.  I love the incredible warmth that it creates in the overall look and feel of the space.  Wood ceilings are also a popular trend happening all over and I definitely want wood added to the ceiling of our screened porch. My feature photo is from one of my favorite blogs and Instagram pages ever, Plank and Pillow. Brooke and Henry are DIY masters, and also create the most stunning spaces.  So when looking for ideas, I headed their way first.

The trick for me, is figuring out what kind of wood I want, and if I want the pattern to go horizontally, vertically, or in a herringbone, chevron, or boxed style pattern.  I also need something that will resist moisture since this is an outdoor space. The light that I am installing is a seriously fabulous and oversized focal point, so choosing the ceiling design is crucial to creating the finished look that I want.  Here is the light again, in case you forgot. She’s a beauty!!

Image courtesy of Serena and Lily


Now on to the choices.  I hopped on to Pinterest to get some ideas.  I do have a million ideas floating around in my head, but that’s the problem. When I see too many things that I love, I get overwhelmed.  First, I love the idea of barn wood, or palette wood, but I don’t happen to have any lying around.  I also don’t have it in my budget to purchase it and ship it all.  I have dear friends that have the most gorgeous ceilings in their summer cottage that were made from inexpensive palettes, you know like shipping palettes. The problem is that the wood has to be smoothed, treated, and prepped.  Again, this is way too intense for me, and we don’t have the wood.  Here are a few different ideas and patterns that I love.  These are my inspiration photos which will hopefully give you a better idea of what the heck I’m talking about.

Horizontal and Vertical Porch Ceiling Ideas:

Plank and pillow tongue and groove ceiling
Raw Knotty Pine is so pretty. Photo Courtesy of Plank and Pillow
wood and brick porch
Darn stain is also a win. Photo credit to owner, could not find source on Pinterest.
barnwood porch ceiling
A lovely barn wood here. Photo credit to Life with Neal and Suz blog.
Porch ceiling idea
Stunning dark stained ceiling. Photo credit to owner. Sourced from Pinterest

So many choices, so little time. Anyhoo, let’s see what I’m talking about with patterns.

Patterned Ceiling ideas:

porch ceiling pattern
This “V” pattern is pretty lovely, although we won’t have beams. Photo credit to owner, found via Pinterest.
Pattern porch ceiling
The idea of creating a square grid that ends with the light in the center is very appealing. Photo credit to owner found via Pinterest.
I love the pattern toward the back that has a chevron feeling to it. Photo credit to owner, found via Pinterest.

The floor is typical horizontal planks, so adding interest to the ceiling will enhance the entire look of the space.

Decisions, decisions.  I also need to scour the universe for what wood I am going to choose.  Tongue and groove is probably the easiest, but may not be the most interesting, but who knows what we’ll find.  I am always grateful for my hubby, who is my “general contractor” and does pretty much whatever I need.  He also is great with streamlining my ideas when my brain is on design overload.

In the end, I cannot wait to share this part of our project.  Here are some floor painting photos that happened last week. Not too exciting, but once again, paint is totally magic.  Wish me luck, and I would LOVE to hear from you if you have tried anything similar on your porch and what worked for you.

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See you next week, and thanks so much for joining me on this journey!

xoxo Deb



16 thoughts on “One Room Challenge™ Spring 2020 Boho Chic Screened Porch-Week 3”

  1. I can’t wait to see what you pick! We recently added a screened in porch to our home, and we went with the medium dark “shiplap” stained ceiling with light grey composite floors. I love the boho chic look and enhanced mine with a hanging chair swing from Serena and Lilly! Good luck on your decisions! I know it will be beautiful!

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    1. I’m definitely thinking dark with my light grey floors. But who knows. I know the swinging chair and adore them. I unfortunately don’t have room with our current furniture and set up, but maybe later when I change up the seating. Thanks so much for your comment. It’s so helpful to get ideas!!


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