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.
A classic, graphic floor tile will personalize your front porch just enough. Take a cue from this design by , where a planter introduces greenery and an outdoor chair brings a pop of color. Clean, simple, and city-proof.
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.
This back porch by 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 in Mykonos, Greece.
Now this is how you make an entrance. In this Spanish-style Beverly Hills home designed by , 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 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.
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 . Then add round poufs for extra seating and a contrasting shape.
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.
Hello, wrap around porch of our dreams. Give your porch a sense of place by sticking to a theme. This beach house vibe at incorporates nautical accents—including a surfboard against the wall—for a laidback, seaside feel.
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 . Or even better, roll out a bar cart.
Designed by tropical decor maven , 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.
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.
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.
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.
If you like the bohemian feel of this porch designed by Commune, mix and match furniture styles and cover your pagoda in lush greenery.
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, . 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.
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.
Wind chimes set the mood for a rela front porch. Choose some that feature a playful motif, like the ones hung on this Commune-designed outdoor area.
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 featured at this event space, . You can use it as a dining space or use it as a makeshift garden shed if you have a green thumb.
Just because you have a tiny porch doesn't mean you can't still enjoy it. A small bench with a throw pillow and blanket is all it takes, as seen in this Regan Baker-designed nook. Choose a welcome mat that plays up the pattern or color of your throw pillow.
Take note from the hotel in Honolulu. 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.
For a summer update that feels clean and fresh, swap out any dark colors for whites and neutrals.
This front porch designed by Amanda Lindroth is a tropical dream. It inspires us to pick our favorite color when and run with it. Also, installing a ceiling fan (or several, depending on size) will keep the air circulating on those balmy nights.
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. Built by contractor Tim Givens for designer Liza Pulitzer Calhoun. this porch swing adds a tropical punch.
If you use gorgeous, rustic materials like the ones in this porch, 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. A 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 on this porch from Studio Lifestyle.