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Screened in porches are wonderful spaces to relax and refresh on a warm summer's evening. An underappreciated part of finishing porches is how the space is illuminated. Outdoor chandeliers, pendant lights, wall sconces, and lighted ceiling fans are all popular options for these spaces, and each conveys its own style and tone. To help you choose the best lights for your screened in porch, we've created a guide full of our favorite porches and screened in porch lighting ideas.
Screened in porches often need airflow to create a comfortable space, which is why so many screened in patios have some sort of fan in the room. Ceiling fans are well suited for these spaces, since they can be bought in different sizes, blade numbers, and mounting types to suit your specific patio. In addition to that, outdoor ceiling fans with lights can be used in these spaces to optimize the room's functionality and comfort.
Lantern lights are common across every interior design style. While they're often used in traditional or cottage styles, there are plenty of modern iterations to choose from as well. Modern and transitional lantern lights will typically soften any detailing and present very clean, perfected finishes. No matter what style you want to convey, lantern chandeliers, pendant lights, and wall sconces are all classic options.
Modern rustic spaces are highly in style as they showcase natural materials and textures in contemporary ways. If your screened in patio features a lot of wood tones, consider using matte black or other black lighting fixtures throughout that space. The black will serve to complement any knots present in the wood and reinforce the woodsy tone of the room without feeling out of place.
Long screened in porches and decks benefit from consistent airflow and lighting. By using numerous ceiling fans and recessed lights, you can successfully create a space that is comfortable no matter where you are. In these scenarios, it is wise to space the fans/chandeliers equally from one another to create visual balance, but recessed lights can be placed at different intervals to create greater lighting over kitchens and other task-heavy spaces.
Aside from shopping from the same collection, you can choose to mix and match lights from different collections or even different designers. This rustic screened in porch features a matte black chandelier along with a more polished black wall sconce. The colors alone would be enough to tie these lights together, but the similarities in using rounded edges and warm lighting temperatures also help creative connective ties between the lights and throughout the room as a whole.
Screened in porches that are large enough to host several different areas can be difficult to style. One way to create distinct spaces is to use lighting fixtures with each area. This traditional porch uses a series of pendant lights directly above the dining table to set that space apart and provide necessary lighting. With that space defined, it is easy to distinguish the seating area from the dining space.
Although this isn't an overly large screened in porch, this homeowner included two ceiling fans to promote airflow within the space. When using fans in your patio, you don't have to center it over a particular space like the outdoor living area or outdoor kitchen. It's often natural to do so, but if your home's architecture or layout doesn't allow for that, it's perfectly acceptable to place these lights equidistant from one another like this room does. Even when they're not tied to specific spaces, these lights can fit in seamlessly thanks to their alignment with the architecture and space as a whole.
Larger screened porches and decks will likely need multiple lighting fixtures to brighten the space. In these cases, it's wise to use lights with similar structures, shapes, and detailing. You can choose connective lights on your own, or you can shop from a specific collection to create a very intentionally designed, stylistically whole space.
If your screened in patio has a vaulted or elevated ceiling, consider how pendant lights, chandeliers, and ceiling fans can highlight those features. This room draws attention to the elevated ceilings by using elegant, dark lights that contrast the nearby walls. That color difference naturally draws the eye upward to appreciate the room's natural architectural details. However, you do not need to use contrasting colors to draw the eye upward; any hanging light fixture will help guide the eye towards the ceiling.
When it comes to decorating and furnishing your screened in porch, it is essential to consider what lighting fixtures will best suit your space. Lights come in many different styles, lighting capabilities, lighting directions, and finishes, so there are many ways to customize lights. With the screened in porch lighting ideas listed above, you now have the knowledge and inspiration to design your ideal oasis.
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