You'll want to consider whether the railing goes in a horizontal or vertical pattern. This vertical railing used on a metro Atlanta porch by Edwards Andrews Homes contrasts with the stacked stone layout of the fireplace.
Supported by a stone structured base, this porch is adorned with brown lounge chairs and a white railing topped with iron decor. The sconces add light to the porch, illuminating the lounge space. The landscaping is kept simple with small foliage planted around the porch base.
Black steel pickets contrast with the pressure-treated pine selected for a set of stairs extending from a screened back porch to the yard. Innovative Construction, based in Roswell, Ga., designed the outdoor living space and stairs.
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.
This home's black wrought iron railing and banister enhance the entryway without blocking the look of the brick exterior and columned front porch. The porch, which has a curved portico, was created by Atlanta Decking & Fence.
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.
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.
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.
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.