46 pictures of front home porch design ideas. All types featured - with railing, no railing, columns, white, dark and more.
Welcome to our front porch design ideas gallery. Like your front door, your front porch is an important part of curb appeal.
It is the first part of your home that your visitors will see, and should match the overall style of your home, so there are about as many different styles of front porches as there are design and architectural styles. Below you can browse our extensive porch design photo gallery
The front porch of your house is one of the most important and most visible parts of your house. It is also one of the first few things that meet the eyes and needless to say, should be gorgeous and attractive.
There is a plethora of porch designs and ideas from which you can take inspiration for your own front porch.
There is also a variety of porch layouts that must go with the overall theme of your house, for instance, rain porch which is one of the most famous styles out there. It has an extensive roof that goes beyond the edge of the deck. Then there is a sleeping porch which goes as far back as a hundred years and is more of a screened in porch that is designed for “sleeping” in warm months. Lastly, there is a veranda porch which is an open gallery often surrounded with a railing.
Below is a list of some of the most exquisite and fantastic front porch ideas that will surely have you swooning over them.
Porch on farmhouse with gray rocking chairs and bright red door designed by chango & co.
This is a highly sophisticated porch design with cane furniture and traces of draping greenery all around. A white and brown color theme gives it a very exclusive look.
This is quite a simple porch with a plain ceiling, brick walls, and a white railing and stairs. The stairs lead into a beautiful garden, making it look very stunning.
The porch of this house has a white stairway with a bricked outer wall and two tiny pillars with flowers on the top.
This is an example of a very simple porch with two chairs at the entrance, flower wreaths on both sides and rugs and mats on the floor.
A little towards the fancier side, this porch design is super modern with a wooden floor, white railings, planters and tiled walls with a classic white-framed window.
If you are looking for an almost ostentatious porch, this is the one for you. It has a classic white theme throughout, with colored chairs and fancy flowers on a glass top table.
Quite simple yet extravagant with the addition of the beautiful blossoming flowers right next to the stairs. It also has a simple white railing and stairs that lead towards the house.
Stunning, to say the least, this porch design is everything pretty. With wooden flooring, a gorgeous teal-blue railing and antique furniture, it looks out into a beautiful garden, making it all the more eye-catching.
For those in search of a simple yet elegant porch design, this is the one. It has small white railings with a wooden top and two decent white chairs with fancy pillars to give it a very graceful touch.
With colored floor and stairs, wooden chairs, and huge dangling flower pots, this is quite an exquisite yet simple porch design.
This design sports a very vintage, Victorian-era look with its antique chair designs, pillars in the front and ash-colored walls around.
Truly picturesque at its best, this design is an absolute feast for the eyes. With gorgeous dangling flowers, plants in the front and stark white railing, it makes a beautiful porch.
This is a very regal-looking porch with classic white railings, dark brown flooring, white walls, and white framed windows with black slabs on the side.
Cute and funky best describes this porch with really pretty small wooden chairs, brown railing and two adorable plants on either side of the stairs. The zigzag design at the bottom makes it even more attractive.
This is simply lavish, with a proper seating area containing cushions, pillars all around, and hanging plant-pots, all of it gives it a very grand look. The addition of squared flooring also furthers the whole look.
With white chairs, white fans, white railing, and windows, this design is simple but unique. Sporting a wooden look otherwise, the combination of white with brown makes it look very appealing
This porch looks like it has come right out of a movie. White ceiling, railings, and blackish cane chairs give it a very contemporary touch. The addition of stunning hanging flower pots adds to the beauty of it as the porch leads into a beautiful garden.
This design takes a twist on porches with the addition of a delicate porch swing, giving it a super funky yet simple look. With nothing else in the picture other than the swing, a white railing, and a stunning outdoor view, it is absolutely gorgeous.
With an ideal combination of bricked wall, wooden ceiling and railing, this porch gives summer feels as the open space allows in the gleaming sunlight.
This has to be one of the most elaborate porches in the list. With a vast walkway kind of a space leading to a pretty porch swing and white railing on the side, all of it combined makes the space look very attractive.
Very simple but stunning, this porch carries a full wooden theme throughout the space with half-brick pillars and a massive brown ceiling.
With an opening right in the front, this design is extremely simple, with dark brown windows at the back, creative red-brown designed flooring and coconut trees on the side giving it a pretty touch.
As pretty as the picture, this porch design is just gorgeous with a cute porch swing, a huge planter on the side with colored flowers and a brick theme throughout the walls.
If you have a knack for experimenting, you will like this design for your porch. It uses a combination of grey walls and grey doors with brown wooden flooring and wooden furniture with brightly colored seat cushions. Unlike many porches, it is closed off from all sides and has a fan instead for ventilation purposes.
This porch looks like one from the ancient times with antique decorative pieces, a funky porch swing and wooden floors with a designed portion in front of the entrance door.
This porch boasts of elegance and grace. It has ash-white wooden flooring, a crisp white sofa with a variety of cushions, white windows with square glasses and a fancy grey wall design on one side. It is also a very rich and modern design that would add true allure to the house entrance.
The word ‘majestic’ says it all about this porch. It is huge, with a designed wooden ceiling, fancy windows with a unique design, an elaborate seating affair and a pool right in the front. It is like a dream porch for every homeowner who wishes to have a beautiful porch.
Yet another grand looking porch. This one has a simple interior although with a beautiful view of lush green grass, flowers and trees all around. It puts a major focus on the scenery around than the interior of the porch itself.
If sophistication had an image, it would probably be in the form of the picture of this porch. It is a classic white porch, with an extensive seating arrangement, large windows that allow proper outdoor views and ash-grey flooring, adding to the elegance of it.
Simply put, this design is almost like summer in a single picture. Wooden flooring, a rocking chair at one end and colorful seating chairs at the other, a lot of windows at the back with a view that’s looking out in the picturesque garden, it is nothing short of enchanting.
Simplicity seems to be the main focus of this porch with white chairs, wooden flooring, pale yellow painted walls, and small planters tucked away in a corner.
This is one of the funkier and most chic porch design and is full of colors, too. Apart from typical white pillars and wooden vinyl flooring, this porch has taken things up a notch with parrot green walls, dark green on the top and a touch of striking pink at the bottom of the pillar. It is small and compact for sure but is definitely stylish and unique.
Sporting a super wooden and a cave-like look, this design is fully centered on the whole wood and brick combination. With lantern-like lights, brick walls at the bottom of the pillars and fully wooden ceiling, it is very different and a little eerie, too.
This looks more like a fancy veranda with a fan, a grand seating affair, curtains all around and wooden flooring. It is also super lavish and contemporary; making it look like it came right out of an interior magazine.
This has to be one of the prettiest looking porches with its small white chairs, dark blue cushions, a lot of tiny planters and white railing. The dazzling sunlight coming in makes the porch look heavenly.
Looking more like the entrance outside a hut at the beach, this porch is just fantastic. Sporting a blue color theme and a comfortable white relaxing swing, along with a fancy relaxing chair, it is just magnificent.
This porch makes use of a wide open space and has only two seating chairs, which make it look very simple and spacious. There are tall pillars attached to the railing in the front, offering a gorgeous view of the outdoor nature.
This porch design is crazy good, to say the least. It is definitely one of the most unique styles and designs with extensive protruding woodwork at the back, wooden flooring, wooden ceiling and similar kind of railings. It is easily one of the most different and exclusive looking porch ever designed.
Sporting a classic white colored theme, this porch plays it safe with wooden chairs and a fully open entrance that leads into the stunning front garden.
This is quite a narrow but long (in length) porch design that is striving to offer a unique structure. Again, this also makes use of the wooden interior with white walls and railings, giving it a very sleek and modern look.
An example of a highly lavish and luxurious front porch, this one is really huge with elegant seating furniture and a wide white ceiling. It has tall pillars in the front with a few gorgeous plants kept at every short distance, adding in a touch of nature to it. It is open, spacious and simply beautiful.
Regardless of whichever porch layout you decide for your house, the key is to make it look absolutely stunning because that is the very first thing your visitors and guests are going to notice. Other than this, a well-built porch will allow you to come out and relax with a cup of coffee, as you bask under the afternoon sunshine and simply enjoy the stunning nature around you.
There are a few overall layouts that distinguish one porch from another. For example, in the Eastern United States, front porches tend to be smaller and used as mainly a transitional space from the outdoors to indoors; while in the South and the Southwestern United States, front porches are larger and used as an entertaining area.
3 Main Types of Porches
1. Rain Porch
One of the three best-known styles is the “rain porch.” A rain porch is very similar to other kinds of porches, with the exception that the roof extends much farther beyond the edge of the deck. The extra portion of the roof is typically supported by columns or other supports. A rain porch both protects the decking from the weather and keeps it shaded throughout the day.
2. Sleeping Porch
Another type is the “sleeping porch,” which dates back to about a hundred years ago. A sleeping porch is a (usually) screened in porch furnished for sleeping during the warmer months. The idea comes from before air-conditioning, where sleeping outside in the cool night air was more comfortable than in the stuffy home.
A third type is a “veranda,” which is a roofed open gallery that may be partially enclosed by a railing. A veranda typically extends around both sides of the home in addition to across the front. The above picture is a grand veranda with white columns. The facade of the home is in deep red brick.
Large or small, a front porch is a multi-functional space that can be adapted to your personal style and needs. It can serve as a mudroom, to help keep the interior of your home clean, or it can serve as an additional living space, like a sitting room or even an outdoor kitchen.
We hope you enjoy this varied, expansive curated collection of front porches!
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