1,377 Eclectic Porch Design Photos

Generations ago, the porch was the “living room” of the home. It was the social spot — a place to converse with neighbors, cool off in summer and watch kids as they played in the front yard. Porch swings and glasses of lemonade became symbols of the simple life, but as houses, neighborhoods and air conditioning evolved, families headed indoors or to the backyard instead. Today, it is making a comeback as homeowners look to channel those relaxing olden days with sunrooms, front stoops and wraparounds. More 
Bruce Clodfelter and Associates
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Bruce's Garden
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“Porch with urn” — Adrianne Moore
Mahoney Architects
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Screen porch
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new screen porch addition with high beadboard ceilings and open views
“screened porch” — rddemarco
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A Lakeside Porch
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A Lakeside Porch swing is made comfortable for the holidays.
“The fabric” — faith35
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Geoff Chick & Associates
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Alford Residence
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Jack Gardner
“Porch style” — jspokes
Bryan Whittington
Raymoor Road Project Front Porch
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Raymoor Road Project Front Porch
“another nice front porch with stained flooring.” — bearkadette
Atlantic Archives, Inc.
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Atlantic Archives Images
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Atlantic Archives/Richard Leo Johnson
“Like this porch” — thayne2014
All By Design Landscaping, LLC
Fall Arrangements
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We used 2 grapevine spiral wreaths, 2 pumpkins and some bittersweet.
“pumpkin” — brueningh
Gibson Gimpel Interior Design
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Front Porch
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View of the front porch looking towards the custom stained glass and iron garden gate Photo:Sara Donaldson Landscape Architecture: Archiverde, Dallas
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As a transition space, your eclectic porch should feel like an extension of the home's interior. Because it's more attached to the home than a patio or sometimes even a deck, it requires proper planning and a touch of inspiration. First, you need to consider what kind of space you're looking for, and where it will be placed. Next, think about what outdoor furniture is worth adding to your space. It's all about relaxation and simplicity, so be sure that's reflected in your decor and furnishings.

What kind of porch should I add to my home?


The size and type of your porch is primarily dictated by your budget, space and overall look. A typical one is integrated into the home's roofline, so it will most likely always be an expensive remodel. Be sure to keep that in mind when creating your plans. A wraparound porch takes up quite a bit of yard space and often requires a change to multiple areas of the house, while a sunroom out back is a little less tedious. Adding a front stoop is a quick way to enhance your front door curb appeal, and it is a less expensive option as well. In general, all of them have a predominantly traditional feel, so you might try a patio or deck if it doesn't fit your overall style.

How should I decorate my porch?


There are no formal rules, so decorate your porch to reflect your lifestyle. Create an afternoon nap spot by adding a hammock, swing or daybed, or include simple rocking chairs and adirondack chairs for chatting with friends. Use decorative wall hangings, potted plants, throw pillows and rugs for additional color, and turn a sunroom into another living space by adding plenty of patio furniture. In general, remember you are outside, so some metals and fabrics can rust and absorb moisture. Bring in sensitive items when the weather worsens, and opt for more versatile weatherproof pieces overall.
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