Welcoming Ways to Decorate Your Front Porch


The HTML Switch out the pillow covers with each new season to give the space a unique look every few months.


For Color by K’s Kristin Chambless, reading a book on a warm afternoon or sipping a cup of tea on a chilly morning porch side are the day’s highlights. For this plein-air moment, she brought a sofa that fits like a glove. She paired it with a raffia cocktail table and two armchairs, then layered in different textures and textiles for the ultimate snug space.


In Thomas’s Woltz Queen Anne Victorian home in Virginia, little else is needed to take advantage of the scenic foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains just beyond. Two armchairs and a side table are positioned outward to allow for a laid-back moment overlooking a dogwood tree and Korean boxwood hedges.


While curating her front porch, decorator Jennifer Newhouse painted her door in Labradorite by Sherwin Williams, adding pink accents for contrast. “I added pink hydrangeas in our planter boxes and tied in the pink with the welcome mat and porch swing pillows,” she explains. To finish the look, bright yellow cushions sit perched upon the inviting swing.


If you’re lucky enough to have space to work with, create an inward-looking seating arrangement for optimal conversation opportunities. Interior stylist Julia Reynolds created a cozy vignette with four wooden lounge chairs and many throws. “I want my front porch to invite the world in and say, ‘Sit a while, let’s chat and have a cup of coffee,'” she muses.


In this Queen Anne-style farmhouse, belonging to Chris Benz and Peter Toumbekis, the porch view is excellent no matter what side of the house you’re on. Throughout the summer and early fall, the couple tells ELLE DECOR, the front porch overlooking the verdant gardens becomes the hub where friends gather for lazy weekend lunches of icebox-cold fried chicken and a boozy take on sweet iced tea. A surplus of upholstered chairs, alongside regal potted plants, is a fitting installment for those looking to enjoy some vitamin D.


Another dollhouse-like porch moment, this 19th-century Australian front exterior features gingerbread details that contrast nicely against the avante-garde butterfly chairs by Angelucci 20th Century that sit out in the sun.


Ruby Beets‘ Sharone Einhorn’s classic East Hampton, New York, home features hanging light fixtures and minimalistic wooden furniture that draws attention to the proper focus: your porch haven.


Classic wooden rocking chairs will always be a front porch staple, and this porch decor moment is leaning into the farmhouse look in all the right ways. Cue the hanging wall sconces, a tree log-turned side table that could be scavenged from many a backyard, and flowers galore. “Having a larger front porch, I make sure there are options for everyone to sit and relax,” says Julia Greene, who has done so in spades.


This picturesque Texas home also took advantage of its farmhouse design in a signature way: with a custom swing overflowing with pillows. “The experience is as comforting as the view looking out,” Teri Pugh Studio founder Teri Pugh muses.


A way to keep your entry minimal but still beautiful is by keeping it monochrome. Interior designer Michelle R. Smith chose cream colors in her 1865 New Orleans home. The door is painted in Benjamin Moore’s Limestone.


Arhaus’s director of interior design, Maggie Gienger, is fearless in making a significant impact with just a few little touches. With smaller nooks, she suggests “pairing a statement seating piece with a small side table tucked next to it. Add an elegant outdoor sconce for some post-sunset flow and a cozy pillow. You’ll have a peaceful escape just outside your front door,” she says.


Interior designer Maggie Griffin uses her porch to “stay warm by the fire, share a meal with family, or overlook the children playing,” she says. “The porch draws you in with its mix of materials and cozy feel.” Creating multiple seating groupings will take the party outdoors no matter how many friends of fr