Unforgettable Front Porches
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Posh Porches1 of 11
Front porches add character and curb appeal as well as enviable outdoor living space. If you are lucky enough to have one, are considering adding one or just like to dream, check out these inspiring photos from our friends at Houzz.
Water World2 of 11
This porch is all about the view, but the glossy white painted columns and railing with matching rocking chairs add to the appeal. Other nice touches: Restoration Hardware ceiling lights and slate flooring.
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Southern Comfort3 of 11
In the South, deep porches with lofty ceilings provide cooling shade to the home. With their screened enclosures, they also serve as outdoor rooms — like this one in Charleston, S.C., fitted with cushioned rockers and even a coffee table with a potted orchid. The ceiling is painted in traditional Haint Blue, a shade thought to repel wasps (or, for the superstitious, "haints"—ghosts or lost spirits).
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Chill Out4 of 11
In this Florida cottage, the old-style shutters can be opened and closed for privacy and shelter from the weather. Imagine settling down on the cushy porch swing for an afternoon nap with the ceiling fan to keep you cool. Heaven!
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Stunning Stoop5 of 11
With a lakeside setting like this one in Upstate New York, it's not surprising that a knockout front porch was part of the plan for this new home. It has all the essential elements: boxed columns, a bluestone floor, a wood ceiling and wicker seating with lots of plush cushions.
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Prime Perch6 of 11
This stately porch is attached to a house on balmy Daufuskie Island, S.C. The dark wicker furniture contrasts beautifully with the house's white walls and black shutters, and the porch is so spacious a full-size dining table and chairs fit easily. The porch is lit by Bevelo's French Quarter, and the ceiling paint is Benjamin Moore's Sage Tint.
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Set in Stone7 of 11
This beautiful porch in Charleston was constructed from the same bricks that are on the walls of the home (Boral Shadow Stone with Savannah ivory mortar). The traditional beadboard ceiling is covered in Duron Paint's Piazza Blue.
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Nifty Fifties8 of 11
Looking for decorating ideas? This well-furnished porch has all the right pieces: an Original Charleston Bed Swing lined with comfy pillows, retro 1950s metal patio chairs, a chevron-patterned indoor-outdoor rug and lime-green garden seats.
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California Dreaming9 of 11
There are lots of inspiring design elements in this Beverly Hills porch. Hand-blown Hundi pendant lanterns from Pottery Barn provide light, and recessed heaters are set into the ceiling to warm up chilly nights.
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Lounge Around10 of 11
Designer Eddie Rider used clay pots and red geraniums on this porch to contrast with the sage-green wood siding. In case anyone gets too comfortable in the wicker rockers, a big wall clock keeps track of the time. The flooring is ipê wood, which turns a soft weathered gray as it ages.
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Georgia Peach11 of 11
This roomy front porch in Atlanta features a rustic cedar ceiling enhanced with a semitransparent Cabot stain, and painted brick arches that match the creamy exterior of the house. Softly lit by wall sconces and table lamps, it looks to be the ideal spot for after-dinner conversation.
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