40 Eye-Catching Entryways + Front Porches for Summer

40 Eye-Catching Entryways + Front Porches for Summer

From: Rebecca Rowland Interiors
Swing the Day Away
A cozy wood swing + a deep, shady porch = a match made in lazy, lounging heaven. Take a cue from the designers at Cloth & Kind to make the most of your front porch space by creating a colorful conversation area for whiling the summer away.
From: CLOTH & KIND
Or, Get Ready to Rock
Seriously, who wouldn't love rocking the day away on this sunny front porch? Like most Tudor Revival-style homes, this beautiful example in Atlanta doesn't feature a deep, shady front porch like you'd typically see on a farmhouse or Craftsman-style home, but the wide, open brick porch does boast a pair of classic rocking chairs and an unobstructed view of the front yard. Get more curb appeal ideas from our friends at HGTV Magazine, below.
From: HGTV Magazine
Beat the Heat With a Bar Cart
No matter where you live, there's no denying that the summer sun can sometimes feel relentless. Make your front porch a relaxing oasis by rolling out a serving cart when guests arrive. Ice cold lemonade (or bubbly!) makes lounging on the porch feel like a mini vacay.
From: H. Camille Smith
And, Provide Refreshments for Furfriends
Making your front porch more comfortable for your family and guests shouldn't stop with the two-legged variety. Pets are family, too, so help our furfriends keep their cool this summer by always providing a shady resting spot and easy access to fresh water.
learn more: 13 Essential Items to Keep Dogs Cool in Hot Weather
Mix Patterns Like a Pro
Warm woven textures + a classic blue-and-white color scheme = instant summery feels. The trio of patterns — stripes, diamonds and a graphic print — all work together because they use the same shades of blue and white.
From: Tim Barber Ltd.
Opt for All-Weather Materials
Ceramic garden stools not only add a big boost of timeless style to a front porch seating area, their glazed surface can weather rain or sun with ease while offering up a flat perch for placing a book, snack or drink.
From: H. Camille Smith
Layer In a Rug
Outdoor rugs are available in just about every color and pattern imaginable today — and, thanks to their polypropylene construction (read: plastic), they're both super durable and super affordable. Just as you would indoors, add a rug to your covered front porch to anchor a seating area, like this bench, and to work in additional color and pattern.
From: H. Camille Smith
Create a Happy Hello
A pair of swings made from reclaimed wood are a fun addition to this bright white porch created by Home Town's Erin and Ben Napier. To keep the cheery welcome going, Erin painted the front door a brilliant cobalt blue, layered in colorful plants and added a small vintage stand to serve up homemade lemonade. See more of Ben and Erin's porch transformations, below.
See More Photos: Life's a Porch: Great Porch Transformations from HGTV's 'Home Town'
Make It Perfectly Patriotic
Summer celebrations often include an Americana theme. Filling an old watering can with an assortment of grocery store or backyard blooms in red, white or blue shades is an easy and colorful way to brighten up your porch's seating area.
From: H. Camille Smith
Highlight the Architecture
The charm of this spacious front porch begins with its architectural details: historic brickwork, a tongue-and-groove ceiling and a beautifully arched glass door. Comfortable furniture in soft grays allow the architectural elements to remain the star of the space. Even the planters are an unobtrusive light gray and planted with fuss-free greenery.
See More Photos: 25 Before-and-After Patio, Porch and Deck Makeovers
Pile On the Pillows
Cozy up hard outdoor furniture with pillows and throws to make kicking back in your great outdoors even more enjoyable. But, to prevent damage and a musty smell, don't use indoor (especially down-filled) cushions. Instead, opt for durable outdoor-rated fabric filled with water-resistant polyfill inserts, and swap in a Turkish beach towel, which dries super fast, for a standard throw.
From: H. Camille Smith
Add Privacy With Outdoor Drapes
Creamy outdoor curtains soften and add a layer of privacy to this cozy porch that features not just one, but three swings to create a completely relaxing spot to sway the day away. Rope tiebacks contain the curtains when not in use, or the drapes can easily be drawn to block out the hot afternoon sun or a nosey neighbor.
From: Heather Garrett Interior Design
Or, Grow a Living Screen
For a privacy solution that also lets you flex your green thumb, plant a trellis with a quick-growing climber, like clematis, jasmine or mandevilla, seen here, then let Mother Nature do the work to block out the view of a busy street or your neighbor's bathroom. Learn more about climbing plants, below.
From: Brian Patrick Flynn
Kick Up the Color
Cheery with a touch of coastal, this welcoming front porch is the sweetest spot to catch up with a neighbor or enjoy your favorite read with a glass of iced tea. Complementary colors — orange and blue — create a high-contrast combo that feels fresh and fun.
From: HGTV Magazine
Incorporate Adjacent Areas
To really maximize outdoor living space, take inspo from this welcoming entryway and spread the seating areas out into the surrounding yard. Here, set off to the side of the main entry is a small courtyard, where plush blue chairs surround a wrought iron coffee table for friendly get-togethers. Tiles laid in a zigzag pattern create a rug-like effect while a large fountain joins the front porch proper and adjacent courtyard together.
From: Mom's Design Build
Create an Outdoor Living Room
If you're lucky enough to have a front porch that's as big as this one, which is roughly 8' deep by 20' wide, put that square footage to work as a breezy outdoor room. Add an all-weather rug, teak sofa and colorful coffee table to carve out a cozy conversation area.
See More Photos: 40 Gorgeous Outdoor Living Room Design Ideas
Pop In Color With Pillows
A mix of shibori-style pillows, in a range of kicky colors, pep up this screened porch's all-white color palette for summer. Keeping the furniture neutral makes it easy to swap out accessories with each season for an updated look. Want to try your hand at tie-dye? Check out our tie dye guide and get more porch pointers from our friends at HGTV Magazine, below.
From: HGTV Magazine
Incorporate Antiques
Antiques lend a collected-over-time charm that just can't be found at your local big-box store, so don't limit your thrifted finds to indoors. Bring your vintage beauties, like this century-old trunk, onto your porch, too. Get more porch decorating tips from our friends at HGTV Magazine, below.
From: HGTV Magazine
Make It Boho Chic
Global-inspired textiles strike a just-right balance with this porch's clean-lined furniture, playing warm against cool elements. Top coffee tables or other flat surfaces with woven natural fiber trays to complement the boho vibe and to make it easier to bring snacks and drinks in and out of the house.
From: Rebecca Rowland Interiors
Or, Stick With Tried-and-True Traditional
Ah, traditional, the design style that truly never goes out of style and will look just as current 50 years from now as it does today. To give your porch a timeless look, choose sturdy, well-crafted pieces that can stand up to the elements and the fickle, ever-shifting nature of trends. Tour a timeless and oh-so-traditional home, below.
From: James Farmer
Paint the Ceiling
Painting porch ceilings in a soft shade of robin's egg blue is a centuries-old tradition that originated with the Gullah Geechee people in the coastal South but has now spread to many other regions. Commonly called 'haint blue,' this pale, watery shade is thought to keep ghosts or malicious spirits from entering the home, thanks to spirits' (or haints') inability to cross water. Other legends contend that the color was instead meant to mimic the open sky, tricking spiders and wasps into building their homes elsewhere.
From: Brian Patrick Flynn
Or, Paint Secondhand Scores
Really want to make your front porch a neighborhood all-star? Max out your curb appeal by giving thrifted furniture a new lease on life with paint. The staff at HGTV Magazine renewed this '60s set with a rented paint sprayer and a few coats of Sherwin-Williams Dishy Coral . Get more of their budget decorating tips, below.
From: HGTV Magazine
Hang Geraniums From the Ceiling
Built in 1885, this Queen Anne-style Victorian is architecturally a stunner on its own, but the surrounding landscaping certainly ensures passersby will slow down for a better look. To draw your eye to the entryway and create a colorful welcome for guests, the homeowners hung a pair of potted geraniums on either side of the front door. Learn more about caring for these summer-loving, low-maintenance blooms, below.
From: HGTV Magazine
Or, Place Ferns in Planters
Don't let a petite front porch, like the entryway on this Cleveland, Ohio, Colonial-style beauty, prevent you from incorporating plants. Take HGTV Magazine's cue and place a pair of drapey Boston ferns in tall, cast iron planters to add a bit of greenery around your front door.
From: HGTV Magazine
Paint Your Front Door
The easiest (and cheapest!) fix for a dark front door: paint. A fresh coat of cheery blue paint ( Carolina Skies by Valspar) dramatically brightened up this small front porch and created a pretty backdrop for other blue accessories. Ready to pick up your paint brush? Take our handy quiz to find your perfect color or check out the gallery, below, for inspiration.
From: H. Camille Smith
Or, Paint Your Planters
Spring, summer, winter or fall — the easiest way to majorly boost your curb appeal (without splashing major cash) is to give your front porch planters a makeover. Follow our tips, below, to prep the surface for paint, then plant each pot with an eye-catching combo of thriller, spiller and filler.
From: H. Camille Smith
Rock a Period-Perfect Look
This screened porch takes its design cues from the home's Victorian architecture. True to the period, authentic wicker furniture provides gracious seating while an Oriental-style outdoor rug adds beautiful pattern underfoot that also ties the room's color palette together.
From: Lila Delman Real Estate
Add Ample Seating With a Sectional
Provide a cozy spot to kick back and relax with a weather-resistant sectional. When shopping, look for frames created from durable synthetic materials, like nylon, plastic or polyethylene for a wood or natural wicker look without the worry of water damage. For the cushions, performance fabrics, like Crypton and Sunbrella , offer moisture-, stain- and fade-resistance that cost more initially but pay for themselves in durability over the long run.
From: HGTV Magazine
Smaller Space? Add a Bench
Take a cue from designer Jasmine Roth who used a two-seater teak bench to add seating to this small and somewhat disjointed front porch.
See More Photos: 28 Ways to Decorate Your Front Porch or Entryway
Create Easy Outdoor Art
Does your patio, porch or deck have a case of the blahs? We'll show you how to easily stencil a plywood board to turn it into colorful outdoor art that can stand up to the elements. Plus, learn an artist's trick that makes hanging a painted board easy, below.
From: H. Camille Smith
Or, Install a Living Wall
Take front porch plants to a new level with vertical trays of succulents. Here, the hardy plants add color and texture while creating a gallery wall effect. Other elements, like the primitive wood bench and stained concrete floor, add a natural aesthetic to the entry.
learn more: How to Create a Living Wall
Paint Your Façade a Happy Hue
Freshened up with a bright shade of blue, this 1920's Florida bungalow is ready to colorfully take on a new century. Classic front porch additions like potted begonias and hanging Boston ferns make the cheery front porch feel even more welcoming. Get more curb appeal pointers from our friends at HGTV Magazine, below.
From: HGTV Magazine
Or, Pep Up a Swing With Paint
A fresh take on the classic porch swing, this wood swing is painted a bright coral and hung from ropes instead of chain. A variety of pillows, plus bloom-filled planters brighten up the gray-and-white porch with cheery color and punches of pattern.
learn more: 12 Best Porch Swings for Every Style and Budget
Plant Some Color
Filling your front porch with potted flowers is one of the easiest (and cheapest!) ways to add a lot of seasonal color — but be sure to select plants that are a good fit for your front porch's sun exposure (full sun, partial sun or shade), and check on them frequently as potted plants require more frequent watering than those in the ground.
See More Photos: 50 Can't-Miss Container Gardening Ideas
Light It Up
Smart landscape lighting enhances any entry. No trip hazards here — these clever lights are placed strategically under the steps and along retaining walls to ensure a bright and cheery welcome or exit for guests and homeowners alike.
From: Platinum Landscape & Pools
Beat the Heat With a Fan
Whether your preference is for super-sleek and modern or vintage-inspired, a celing fan is the best way to keep fresh air moving and lower the ambient temperature on your covered front porch. Be sure to choose a fan that's UL-listed for damp locations and select a model that allows a minimum of 8 to 9 feet of clearance beneath it for safety. See more shopping tips, below.
learn more: Porch Doors, Lights and Fans
Divide + Conquer
Before the renovation, this Craftsman-style front porch was big on square footage but short on style. Home Town's Ben and Erin Napier divvied up the long space by screening in the area to the right of the front door so the homewoners could enjoy bug-free evenings while the rest of the porch remains open with a second small seating area. See more of Erin and Ben's porch makeovers, below.
See More Photos: Life's a Porch: Great Porch Transformations from HGTV's 'Home Town'
Say Yes to Symmetry
For timeless appeal, flank the front door with a pair of lanterns, but instead of plants in traditional urns, get creative by planting an oversized basket or, in this case, a rustic, driftwood planter. A wicker chair placed opposite the sculptural container balances the look.
From: CLOTH & KIND
Make It Bright + Inviting
A hydrangea-lined pathway leads to this light and airy home, where a navy front door creates a chic contrast to the home's gray shingles and white trimwork. Lanterns define the front steps, providing illumination for evening get-togethers. A pair of white Adirondack chairs sit ready to greet guests or enjoy the morning sun.
From: Casabella Interiors
Create a Laidback Atmosphere
For this black-and-white exterior, a healthy dose of green in pillow patterns and plants keep the space from looking flat and adds a cheery pop of color. Wicker furniture with circular detailing has an airy quality and is placed in multiple groupings to create distinct gathering spots.
Whole-Heartedly Vibrant
Bright and colorful with tropical flair, this porch mixes new and old together for a casual and oh-so-comfy atmosphere. A beverage dispenser filled with citrus fruit is a cheery decoration that is also a handy refreshment when guests stop by. Step into the kitchen to slice up a few oranges, lemons or limes and fill with water.
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