1. Choose Classic Colors
Muffie chose Charleston green (so dark it's almost black) and white for the porch's structural elements and furniture. She painted the ceiling "haint blue," a Charleston tradition that's said to repel insects and scare away ghosts.
2. Soften the Light
Rather than relying solely on overhead lighting, try plugging in a lamp. Top it with an inexpensive shade that you can replace cheaply when it shows wear. "Lamplight makes the porch intimate and welcoming," Muffie says.
3. Incorporate Antiques
Shake up a trad design with an unexpected antique piece reupholstered in durable, weather-resistant outdoor fabric. Muffie found her antique chaise at a flea market and put it on the porch for a quirky touch.
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4. Mix and Match Styles
Give a porch personality by using a variety of seating types. "I like my furniture to be a collection," says Muffie. Painting everything the same color, in this case Charleston green, gives a unified look.
5. Defer to the View
Because the porch is surrounded by a pretty garden, Muffie added color only with accessories, such as floral-print pillows that are treated for outdoor use and trimmed in grass green fringe.
Get Muffie's Charming Southern Style:
Lamp | Ivory Bird Lamp, $205; horchow.com
Pilliow | Watercolor Floral Pillow, $375; esdcharleston.com
Garden Stool | Clover Window Stool (0934WT), $495; decor-decor.com
Chair | Storsele (202.016.82), $119; ikea.com
Designer: Muffie Faith, Elizabeth Stuart Design, Charleston, SC; esdcharleston.com. Shutter, floor, and wicker paint: Historic Charleston Green (DCR099); duron.com. Ceiling paint: For a similar look try Atmospheric (SW 6505); sherwin-williams.com. Note: Items similar to all furniture and accessories are available through Muffie's store, Elizabeth Stuart Design; esdcharleston.com