The Best Front Porch Designs for Summer

May 26, 2021

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7 Front Porch Designs for Summer 

Days are growing longer and nights are growing shorter. This means only one thing: “Home Sweet Home” is about to be replaced with “Porch Sweet Porch.”

Whether you have a sprawling porch for 20 or just enough space for two, there are several ways to design your entryway area to be an inviting place to come, sit and stay a while. 

Here are 7 summer porch design trends to jump on to make your porch the warmest place to enjoy a cool drink this summer.

  • Swinging By
  • It may seem obvious, but no porch truly is complete without a place to sit and glide. Long gone are rocking chairs from your grandparent’s house. Instead, add a functional swing hanging from the ceiling. There are countless options from one-seaters to multi-seaters, but all have one goal: To help you relax and unwind.

  • Going Natural
  • Adding plants to your front porch has never been easier. From faux designs to live plants for those with a green thumb, adding some greenery is a sure way to bring a bit of nature into your front porch.

  • Add planters
  • Along with adding greenery, planters of varying shapes and sizes add visual appeal along with the greenery itself. You can add more modern lines or stick with traditional ones depending on the look and feel you desire.

  • Layer Up
  • Whether you have rocking chairs or a porch swing, soften the hard lines with pillows, cushions and even a rug made for the great outdoors. The layers add warmth and interest, and it doesn’t take much to make your porch feel like the indoors have made their way outdoors.

  • Lighten Up
  • Nothing modernizes porches faster than updating your light fixtures. From wall lanterns to even chandeliers, the more modern the fixture, the more inviting the porch. Bonus points for dimmers so you can adjust the lighting as the sun goes down to maximize your time outside.

  • Curtain Call
  • For those with a unique flair and style, you can add warmth and layers not only with pillows and cushions, but also with drapes made for outside. Frame your view and even add vibrant color for immediate impact — and privacy — perfect for your front porch.


    Front door decal that says, 'Home Sweet Home’ on a front porch door.

  • Knock, Knock
  • While the porch is fast becoming another space to enjoy summer nights, don’t neglect the focal point of any entryway: The door. Spruce up your front door with a coat of paint, a fresh door knob and matching knocker as well as an interesting vinyl decal made for doors. Choose from fun and witty (“Do not enter unless you have wine”) to the sassy and Southern (“Hey Y’all”) and everything in between.

    Bringing your porch to life with these easy tips can be just the touches you need to make the outside of your home look and feel more like “Home Sweet Home.”

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