Remember Allie Hamilton’s wrap-around porch in The Notebook? Well, it’s definitely dreamy, but we have a few more porch ideas that could elevate an outdoor oasis even more. Comfortable, stylish swings? Check. Mood lighting? Check. Now just add a good book and refreshing cocktail, and you’ve got a getaway that’s just a step outside your front door. Get inspired by the twenty eight picturesque porches below.
Lay Graphic Floor Tiles
A classic, graphic floor tile will personalize your front porch just enough. Take a cue from this design by Arent & Pyke, where a planter introduces greenery and an outdoor chair brings a pop of color. Clean, simple, and city-proof.
Don’t Be Afraid of Color
Celerie Kemble proves that color is nothing to be afraid of. If your porch is large enough for an outdoor dining area, add a splash of color with bright chair cushions. Then paint the overhang ceiling the same hue to make a statement.
Make It Cozy
This back porch by Regan Baker Design is the perfect private spot to unwind in. To make it conducive to entertaining, bring in addition floor seating with large outdoor floor cushions.
You don’t need to have a large porch to make it stand out. Choose a small round bistro table with rustic stools for a small eating nook, and ground the area with a round outdoor rug. For extra seating, consider a built-in bench. Paint it white so it blends in with the floors and creates the illusion of more open space, like this porch at San Giorgio Hotel in Mykonos, Greece.
Make It Grand
Now this is how you make an entrance. In this Spanish-style Beverly Hills home designed by Commune Design, the front porch is inviting, comfortable, elaborate, and ornate all at once. The warm terracotta tiles, exposed beams, and wood stool ground the intricate wrought iron lighting and fuchsia pops of color.
Frame the Door With Plants
Frame the door with plants and a gravel garden to give your porch a grand entrance—even if there isn’t room for an outdoor dining nook or lounge zone. Take notes from this tranquil, minimalist landscaping situation from Arent & Pyke.
Upgrade Your Porch Swings
There are porch swings and then there are these porch swings. For a dramatic effect, hang them from super tall ceilings, like in this space designed by Studio Lifestyle. Then add round poufs for extra seating and a contrasting shape.
Blend in With Surroundings
This modern cabin home designed by Regan Baker Design manages to be both sleek and modern, cozy and rustic. The same mood is captured on the front porch, thanks to the wood stump side table and contemporary adirondack chairs.
A front porch doesn’t need to be decked out in patio furniture to be striking, as proven by this Commune design. Think large-scale planters with tall trees and flank the door with matching ceramic pots.
Stick to a Theme
Hello, wrap around porch of our dreams. Give your porch a sense of place by sticking to a theme. This beach house vibe at The Atlantic Byron Bay incorporates nautical accents—including a surfboard against the wall—for a laidback, seaside feel.
Be Mindful of Materials
Whether you go big with a covered patio or just add in subtle pops like a hanging lantern, no textures epitomize summer more than rattan and straw. To ready your space for entertaining, place a tray on the coffee table for drinks, like this one designed by Alexander DB. Or even better, roll out a bar cart.
Slide Up a Bench
Designed by tropical decor maven Amanda Lindroth, this bright circus-striped awning is delightfully upbeat and playful. It also provides the little sitting nook with shade. Add throw pillows to make it a little more cozy and comfortable so someone will actually be able to sit and relax for a while.
Spruce Up the Walls
It doesn’t get more inviting than this front porch entrance brought to you by Commune. With string lights, a small dining nook, and wall décor, it’s both practical and stylish.
Get Creative With Art
What do you do when you want art on your porch but can’t exactly hang up a frame by the front door? Find furniture that gets the job done instead. These two canvas chairs are a perfect example. If you have some affordable sling chairs like this, get crafty and paint the canvas yourself.
Reflect Your Interiors
In this porch area designed by Regan Baker Design, the furniture and materials reflect the color scheme of the interiors to create a cohesive flow and sense of consistency.
Mix and Match Furniture
If you like the bohemian feel of this porch designed by Commune, mix and match furniture styles and cover your pagoda in lush greenery.
Set the Scene
Now here’s a porch that’s eternally on vacation time. And if that’s the vibe you’re going for, there’s no better place to get inspired by than the award winning hotel in Tulum, Papaya Playa Project. Hang a hammock, install a woven drum pendant, and then set up a sitting area like this one for a laidback and rustic yet design-savvy environment.
Consider a Built-In Banquet
Designer Andrew Howard jazzed up this porch with an outdoors breakfast nook. A built-in banquet on the porch will get your space a more refined, polished look. Pull up some patio furniture for extra dining seating and hang an iron wrought pendant for extra overhead lighting so you can enjoy the space even after the sun goes down.
Hang Wind Chimes
Wind chimes set the mood for a relaxing front porch. Choose some that feature a playful motif, like the ones hung on this Commune-designed outdoor area.
Hang String Lights
Gather a cluster of rocking chairs and face them inwards for easy conversation. Cushions in a cheerful pale yellow hue set the scene for relaxation and quality time with loved ones. For a truly magical atmosphere, hang some string lights.