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Generations ago, the porch was where all the action happened — a place to converse with neighbors, cool off in summer and watch kids play in the yard. Today, porches are making a comeback as homeowners look to channel those relaxing days with front stoops and wraparounds. As you browse porch ideas, keep in mind that yours should feel like an extension of the home's interior. Read further for more porch design tips.

What kind of porch should I add to my home?

The size and type of your house porch is primarily dictated by your budget, space and overall look. A typical one is integrated into the roofline, so keep that in mind that you’re likely looking at an expensive remodel. Wraparound porches takes up quite a bit of yard space and often require a change to multiple areas of the house, while small sun porch designs out back are a little less tedious. Adding a front stoop is a quick way to enhance your curb appeal, and 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 desired style.

What type of porch railings should I have?

The railings, or balustrade, you decide to use can help set the overall style of your porch design. While you can always go with simple vertical balusters for a more craftsman look, there are tons of other porch designs that will make your railings pop. Try turning those same vertical posts diagonally or varying the spacing to create unique patterns. Alternatively, traditional turned railings give a more classic look and will surely make your space sturdy for years to come. For an intricate showstopper, go with a custom sawn wood design that will instantly give a Victorian vibe to your space. For industrial or modern styles, consider metal railings, or sleek horizontal cable railings. To keep your views from being obstructed, glass is always a good option (plus, all of your gorgeous decor won’t be hidden from neighbors). Regardless of the style you decide on, make sure you adhere to local building codes and implement your porch ideas safely.

How should I decorate my porch?

There are no formal rules when it comes to porch decorating ideas, other than to make sure they reflect your lifestyle. You can easily create additional living space by adding plenty of outdoor furniture. Try creating an afternoon nap spot by adding a hammock, swing or daybed, or include simple rocking chairs and adirondack chairs for sipping and chatting with friends. Many porch ideas Include a table or two to set down drinks or snacks, whether it be a small side table or a larger bistro set for summertime meals. Be sure to leave enough space to walk around any furniture, as climbing over your friends and family is not ideal. In general, remember porches are outdoor spaces, so some metals and fabrics can rust and absorb moisture, or fade from being in the sun. Bring in sensitive items when the weather worsens, and opt for more versatile weatherproof pieces overall. To bring your personality into the space, add decorative items like wall hangings, potted plants, throw pillows and rugs for additional color and comfort. Ultimately, it’s all about relaxation and simplicity, so be sure that's reflected in your porch decor and furnishings.

Whether you want inspiration for planning a porch renovation or are building a designer porch from scratch, Houzz has 116,673 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including George Asher Custom Homes LLC and Biltmore Design Galleria. Look through porch photos in different colors and styles and when you find a porch design that inspires you, save it to an Ideabook or contact the Pro who made it happen to see what kind of design ideas they have for your home. Explore the beautiful porch ideas photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.