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 beach read and a fruity cocktail, and you've got a getaway that's just two steps outside your front door. There's more where that came from—get inspired by the eighteen picturesque porches below.
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.
There are porch swings and then there are these porch swings. For a dramatic effect, hang them from super tall ceilings. The scale alone makes everything pop. Then add round poufs for extra seating and a contrasting shape.
A classic, graphic floor tile will personalize your front porch just enough. Then add a planter for a bit of greenery and one outdoor chair in a pop of color. Clean, simple, and city-proof.
Don't be afraid to use color. If your porch is large enough for an outdoor dining area, introduces a splash of color with your cushions. Then paint the overhang ceiling the same hue.
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 lounging zone. Take notes from this tranquil, minimalist landscaping situation.
Hello, wrap around porch of our dreams. Give your porch a sense of place by sticking to a theme. This beach house incorporates nautical accents and leans the surfboard against the wall for a laidback, seaside feel.
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 craft sand paint the canvas yourself.
This bright circus-striped awning is delightfully upbeat and playful. It also provides the little sitting nook with shade. For a nice place to sit that doesn't require you to hang anything from a ceiling, bring in a bench. 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.
Now here's a porch that's eternally on vacation time. 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.
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.
For a shabby chic aesthetic, bring antique wood furniture onto your patio, like this dining table and armoire. You can use it as a dining space or use it as a makeshift garden shed if you have a green thumb.
With tons of lush greenery beyond the porch railing, this sitting area is the perfect respite after a long day. Take advantage of architectural features like high arches by painting them a fun color and then line up a row of rocking chairs to lookout at the natural landscape.
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.
For a summer update that feels clean and fresh, swap out any dark colors for whites and neutrals. Installing an ceiling fan will introduce a nice breeze on those balmy nights.
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. Or even better, roll out a bar cart.
Swapping out your pillows is the easy (and cost-effective) way to upgrade your front porch each season. Have fun with color, and bring in some floral motifs to reflect the surrounding landscape.
If you use gorgeous, rustic materials like these, the wide open space can be stylish enough on its own. Just install sconces on each side of the front door so you can see when you're going when it's dark out.
If your porch is too small for a full-blown sitting area, swing bench and all, nestle some planters together and slide up a peacock chair with a throw pillow. If you bold front door paint color will also make the space stand out without taking up more surface room. That pendant also introduces a more dressed up vibe.