Ellen’s Colorful Screened Porch – Kath Eats Real Food

My friend Ellen hired Sun Structures to transform her back patio into a functional and cozy screened porch. Her colorful screened porch decor was too beautiful not to share! 

colorful screened porch decor with green and pink

Ellen’s Colorful Screened Porch

Last summer my good friend Ellen sent Thomas a text inquiring if it would be possible to transform her back patio with a shadeless arbor into a functional and cozy outdoor room. Thomas, who is the co-owner and general contractor behind Sun Structures, said absolutely!

I recently went over to Ellen’s for lunch on the porch and it was too beautiful not to share with you all. Sun Structures totally transformed the space, and Ellen did an awesome job choosing the perfect decor to make it feel like an extension of her home. (I need to up my porch decor game!) Consider this the third edition of Kath’s Porch Series!!


This is the space they were working with. A concrete patio with a pergola that didn’t provide much shade.

before pic of porch with pergola


cozy screened in porch with greens and coral

Kath: What inspired you to convert your patio into a porch?

Ellen: Having a screen porch has been a dream of mine long before I even owned a house. I love being outdoors and had a vision of an outdoor oasis and entertaining space free of (most) bugs that I could use three seasons a year, rain or shine. I figured it was a far off dream but then quarantine happened and also mortgage interest rates dropped. Then I realized that I could make this happen a lot sooner than I thought by refinancing, taking out a loan on my mortgage, and hiring Thomas!

colorful screened in porch

Kath: What’s your favorite part of the porch?

Ellen: My favorite part is that I can sit out here day or night, rain or shine, and be cozy reading a book or sipping wine with a friend. But I could also say that the “antique coral” vaulted ceiling is my favorite part. 🙂

Paint Colors

  • Ceiling: Benjamin Moore Antique Coral
  • Walls: Sherwin Williams Bunglehouse Gray
  • Trim: Sherwin Williams Roycroft Vellum
  • Fans: Minka-Aire

Kath: Is there anything about the construction process that might benefit other people to know in advance when planning a project like this?

Ellen: I originally thought I could hire a carpenter and be done with it. All I can say is hire a contractor! I had no idea all the moving pieces that go into a construction project – from permits to the guy who installed the gutters, it would be a lot to plan and keep track of without a contractor.

swivel rocker with west elm pillow and rug on screened in porch

Kath: The porch colors are gorgeous together! How did you decide on your color palette?

Ellen: I had been eyeing those pink and navy landscape pillows for over a year (thank you Instagram ad!) but they didn’t fit in with the colors in my house. When I was looking for porch decor ideas, I went straight to West Elm’s website and found the rug which reminded me about the pillows. And the rest just fell into place!

Here are all the Colorful Porch Details!

Dining Furniture

wayfair table with colorful placemats from the happy cook and navy blue rug

Conversation Furniture

The sofa, swivel rocker, ottoman, and side table (on backorder) are all from a local store in Richmond, VA called Jopa Outdoor Furniture. They are the Volare Collection by Mallin out of Texas. 

screened in porch with sofa and coral rug from west elm

Pillows + Floor

west elm coral outdoor rug

Potting Bench

wayfair potting bench

Shop The Porch

Thanks for the tour, Ellen!

succulent on outdoor dining table

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