This beautiful two-story home is a study in striking contrasts. Its black roof and shutters are a crisp counterpart to the white siding and porch railing. A wooden porch and deck are welcome outdoor retreats.
Fixer Upper hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines transformed and updated this farmhouse with new paint and warm natural wood support beams, porch railings and fencing. New landscaping and modern potted plants offer a welcoming first impression.
Oversized 3-D stars are suspended between the roof and porch railing for an eye-catching design. Attach the stars with string or fishing wire in at least three places to keep them from blowing around or getting twisted.
This large porch provides plenty of room for sipping sweet tea in the summer breeze. White wicker furniture lines the exterior of the house, cushioned by floral pillows. Hanging ferns add a burst of color and shape above the porch railing.
This row house stands out against its boring brick neighbors with a pale blue facade and an updated porch. Railings from Railing Dynamica, Inc. and comfy porch furniture from Pier 1 bring this exterior to life, as seen on HGTV's Curb Appeal.
The craftsman facade of the HGTV Dream Home 2013 shows an elevated front porch with support piers and exposed steel hurricane strapping to prevent storm damage. A horizontal mahogany porch railing stands out against the sage exterior and Southern yellow pine timber beams.
This neutral townhouse stands apart from its neighbors with a neutral painted exterior, stained beadboard porch ceiling and a modern outdoor chandelier. Just beyond the white porch railing sits two wicker rocking chairs, perfect for relaxing and taking in the city views.
This low country-style porch features beautiful white columns, a finished white ceiling with recessed lighting and white painted brick atop a cracked terrazzo-inspired floor. Bushes and trees surrounding the porch create an intimate space in lieu of a wall or porch railing.
The blue color palette of the HGTV Smart Home 2013 interior begins on the front porch with accent pillows and dishes. Gray rocking chairs and an iron-clad wood end table create a cozy spot for enjoying the outdoors. A pine porch railing features a palm tree motif adds character to this Florida home.
Sand and sea come to mind when gazing at the exterior of the HGTV Smart Home 2013. Located in Jacksonville, Fla., the home is full of coastal character: turquoise accents, tropical landscaping and a large front porch. The palm tree detail on the porch railing adds a touch of whimsy to the home's entrance.
Black framework creates a beautiful contemporary look over the neutral stucco and brick of this home exterior. A spacious and relaxing balcony acts as a cover over the ground level porch creating open and covered outdoor sitting space. A line of shrubbery borders the sidewalk to mark the home perimeter.
Deck your windows with glittering wreaths. These flocked-in-silver wreathes with blue and silver ornaments match the garlands wrapped around the porch railing. For a seamless look, hang wreathes with hidden hooks. Hooks with a suction cup, adhesive strip or magnetic backing (one magnet goes on the other side of the glass to hold it in place) won't be seen once the wreath is hung in place.
For maximum visual impact, choose two main colors to work with and one accent. This porch is silver and red with a bit of evergreen. Then repurpose existing materials: Use big flower pots as a base and fill them with evergreen garland, huge ornaments, sparkly twigs and white lights. Another decorating tip is to repeat a few elements. This project used evergreen garland along the porch railing, which mirrored the green in the planters. The ornaments were also hung from the roof and featured in the red and green wreath on the door.
Hops vine brings beautiful foliage in shades of golden-yellow to the summer garden. Summer Shandy hops (Humulus x ‘Sumner’) is an ornamental variety bred for its good looks (not for making beer). This hops vine isn’t aggressive, as hops tend to be. It’s well-suited to training on a trellis, fence or porch rail in a home garden. Vines grow 5 to 10 feet tall and up to 2 feet wide. Hardy in Zones 5-8. Why we love it: This hops variety is undemanding, easy to grow and adds season-long color to any garden.
Sometimes the less-is-more approach can create greater impact than overly decorative touches. For a pop of green around the perimeter of the front porch, the railing was dressed with bare garland. This adds just the right amount of texture and color to keep it feeling festive.
A cheerful boating community called River Dunes located on the intercoastal waterway near New Bern, N.C., used materials from AZEK on their exterior surfaces like trim, moldings, porch and railings. The materials don’t crack, warp or need to be painted but hold paint very well if desired, all of which is important near the water.