Create an inviting space
View your porch as an calling card for your house. The porch is the first thing you see when you come home and last thing you see when you leave. Porches should exude warmth and charm. They become an extension of your personality and style and are the first feature visitors see.
Understanding the components of a porch and how they complement each other is essential to creating your perfect porch. Porch lighting, railings, columns, furniture, and landscaping are just a few of the critical factors that must be incorporated into your front porch design.
You want to feel good about it and show an expression of yourself to your neighborhood. Welcome visitors with an inviting porch. Even if you have only a small porch, make it say “welcome home” with a clean doormat, potted plants in bloom and if you have room, one or two pieces of furniture. Add cushions and pillows for comfort, add a table or garden stool to rest a drink, some lighting, and I even add a soft throw for chilly nights!
You can create another whole room on the porch complete with sofa, rug, lamp and tables. In the spring and summer potted plants and holiday accessories like flags, stars and stripes can make the porch exciting and fun.
Create seating areas for conversation and cocktails amidst the beautiful potted sweet potato vine and coleus. Make your friends and family want to come and stay awhile!
I found a Front porch illustrator that is easy to use if you want to envision your home with a porch. (See Below)
They have created an amazing portfolio of front porch designs for almost every imaginable front porch along with designs for the ever popular screen porch, three season, and even four season porches. In addition, they offer a myriad of planning tips and information you need to create your own perfect porch.