37 Modern Front Porch Ideas To Enhance Your Curb Appeal

By KRISTIN HOHENADEL
Kristin Hohenadel
37 Modern Front Porch Ideas to Enhance Your Curb Appeal
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    Add Drama

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    Design by Lisa Gilmore Design / Native House Photography

    This modern front porch from Lisa Gilmore Design features a dramatic black-and-white porch swing that has the nostalgic appeal of this fixture with modern proportions. A black painted ceiling and black-and-white patterned throw pillows amp up the drama.

     
  • 02 of 37

    Mix Color and Patterned Tile

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    White Sands

    This Venice Beach, California Spanish-style bungalow from White Sands has black-and-white patterned floor tiles, a tall drought-friendly cactus, blond wood frame posts, and a candy-colored pink door that gives it an upbeat modern feel.

     
  • 03 of 37

    Add a Colorful Outdoor Rug

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    Kate Marker Interiors / Stoffer Photography

    A colorful outdoor rug instead of your standard welcome mat will instantly modernize a front porch like this home built in 1860 and renovated by Kate Marker Interiors.

     
  • 04 of 37

    Use Modern Porch Furniture

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    Design by Martha O’Hara Interiors / Photo by Andrea Calo

    This modern front porch from Martha O’Hara Interiors has sleek black-and-white furniture and a large potted cactus on a raised planter that creates a seating area. The colors also complement the style of the home.

     
  • 05 of 37

    Hang a Modern Pendant Light

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    Mindy Gayer Design Co. / Photo by Vanessa Lentine

    A black wire pendant light anchors the Dutch door on this Newport Beach front porch from Mindy Gayer Design Co.. The pair of tall sculptural white planters adds structure to the white, gray, and black space.

     
  • 06 of 37

    Go Midcentury Modern

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    Tyler Karu Design + Interiors

    The small front porch of this Maine house from Tyler Karu Design + Interiors has midcentury modern influence, with warm wood cladding, an assortment of house plants, and a vibrant coral-colored front door.

     
  • 07 of 37

    Create an Indoor Outdoor Feel

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    Kendall Wilkinson Design

    Kendall Wilkinson Design gave the minimalist front porch on this California home an indoor-outdoor feel with a wall of metal grid glass that includes the entry door and allows natural light to flow in. Black porch sconces reinforce the modern feel.

     
  • 08 of 37

    Bring in Modern Vintage Touches

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    Design by Leanne Ford Interiors / Photo by Erin Kelly

    You don’t have to live in a modern house to modernize the front porch. The use of an oversized arrangement of dried hydrangeas in vases with a whitewashed patina, contemporary brass sconce lights, and a jute rug give this porch from Leanne Ford Interiors an updated look that feels both timeless and modern.

     
  • 09 of 37

    Install a Red Mailbox

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    Fantastic Frank

    This modern Colorado cottage from Fantastic Frank has a simple front porch with seating and a coffee table for one, and a bright red wall-mounted mailbox that adds contrast to the neutral facade.

     
  • 10 of 37

    Stay Neutral

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    Design by Lindye Galloway Studio + Shop / Photo by Chad Mellon

    This suburban house from Lindye Galloway Studio + Shop has a generous open front porch that includes a modern swing and additional seating, in neutral tones that reflect the style of the home.

     
  • 11 of 37

    Use a Bold Color

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    Fantastic Frank

    This modern Ibiza home from Fantastic Frank has clean lines but a vibrant and intense terracotta stucco color that anchors it in the Mediterranean setting. An extra tall cactus in a faded terracotta pot is a bold gesture that adds a welcoming feel to the minimalist space and a pop of greenery.

     
  • 12 of 37

    Hang a Door Greeting

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    Most Lovely Things

    A trio of planters in varying heights on either side of the front door fill this small front porch from Most Lovely Things with a minimum of effort while offering a space to showcase seasonal flowers. A friendly hello sign breaks up the expanse of glass on the front door at eye level so your guests feel welcome before you even open the door.

     
  • 13 of 37

    Display Citrus

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    White Sands

    A potted citrus tree, an outdoor rug, and a robin’s egg blue Dutch door make the front porch on this Southern California modern coastal farmhouse from White Sands feel fresh and approachable.

     
  • 14 of 37

    Hang Some Art

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    Design by Leanne Ford Interiors / Photo by Amy Neunsinger

    Leanne Ford Interiors added a sculptural modern wood chair and a rustic wood-framed print to the front porch of this 1920s cabin that gives it a casual modern feel that doesn’t take away from the timeless charm.

     
  • 15 of 37

    Design an Outdoor Living Room

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    Most Lovely Things

    This modern front porch from Most Lovely Things has a living room feel with upholstered seating, black-and-white textiles in graphic patterns, and warm wood accents.

     
  • 16 of 37

    Incorporate Spanish Modern Details

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    Blanco Bungalow

    This breezy Spanish-style front porch from Blanco Bungalow has a chic black door flanked with a mismatched pair of plants, a natural door mat, and an industrial style sconce to give it a modern feel.

     
  • 17 of 37

    Go Bright

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    Dazey Den

    Dazey Den used neon orange paint on the small front porch of this Palm Springs midcentury modern home that make it feel fresh and updated while preserving the iconic style.

     
  • 18 of 37

    Mix Old and New

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    Michelle Berwick Designs

    Well-groomed classic topiaries, a black-and-white palette, industrial Edison bulb sconces, and a small seating area give this suburban front porch from Michelle Berwick Designs a classic modern feel.

     
  • 19 of 37

    Place an Herb Garden

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    A Beautiful Mess

    A hanging swing decorated with bright-colored throw pillows and DIY herb garden coffee table on this front porch from A Beautiful Mess add up to a feel-good bright space.

     
  • 20 of 37

    Decorate With Greenery

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    Blanco Bungalow

    If you don’t like the idea of sitting out on your front porch, take a clue from this Spanish-style porch from Blanco Bungalow. Transform your front porch into a mini-garden with a casual assortment of potted plants at varying heights, including a green screen of potted plants hanging from macrame holders from the top of the arched door frame.

     
  • 21 of 37

    Have Fun With Polka Dots

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    A Beautiful Mess

    Polka dot tile on the floor and adjoining steps, a white porch swing, and potted palms give this front porch from A Beautiful Mess a playful and eclectic feel.

     
  • 22 of 37

    Go Modern Farmhouse

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    Thistlewood Farms

    A completely renovated early 1900s farmhouse from Michelle Berwick Designs preserved original features like the classic small front porch, which is furnished minimally with some rattan seating and a warm sconce light to give it a modern but timeless feel.

     
  • 23 of 37

    Toughen It Up

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    Fantastic Frank

    This front porch from Fantastic Frank has an industrial feel with its use of glass, gray stone, and a warm wood door.

     
  • 24 of 37

    Accessorize the Furniture

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    Most Lovely Things

    A palette of black and white warmed with blush-toned throws and an upholstered sectional gives this front porch from Most Lovely Things an outdoor living room feel. You can change out the pillows and throw blankets with different ones seasonally to give it a refresh.

     
  • 25 of 37

    Add Modern Touches

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    Home Consultant

    Adding a few strategic planters helps define the front porch and side entry door of this Spanish-style home from Home Consultant while a black metal sconce light and a plywood clad post help to modernize the space.

     
  • 26 of 37

    Try a Bench

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    Brophy Interiors

    Brophy Interiors softened the front porch of this new build modern cottage home with a wooden bench with a curved back that offers a shady spot to get some fresh air or wait for your ride to show up.

     
  • 27 of 37

    Lay a Tiled Welcome Mat

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    Mindy Gayer Design Co. / Photo by Vanessa Lentine

    Mindy Gayer Design Co. gave this front porch a modern feel with a herringbone patterned inlaid gray tile welcome mat that adds contrast with the whitewashed brick.

     
  • 28 of 37

    Add Stripes

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    Thistlewood Farms

    Thistlewood Farms added a modern twist to this modern farmhouse front porch with a bold black-and-white striped rug and planters filled with hot pink flowers.

     
  • 29 of 37

    Modernize a Classic

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    Kate Marker Interiors / Stoffer Photography

    Kate Marker Interiors gave this classic home a fresh modern feel with pale wood shutters and porch posts and flooring, while a pair of topiaries in square galvanized metal planters mix old and new.

     
  • 30 of 37

    Incorporate a Fun Doormat

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    A Beautiful Mess

    Letting the welcome mat be the first to greet guests with a casual Howdy gives this home from A Beautiful Mess a modern and approachable feel.

     
  • 31 of 37

    Contrast Metal and Glass

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    Mindy Gayer Design Co. / Photo by Vanessa Lentine

    Mindy Gayer Design Co. used metal and glass doors, streamlined black sconce lighting, and seamless flooring to give this front porch a modern feel. Wood and earthenware planters on the porch floor add a casual organic feel to all the streamlined materials.

     
  • 32 of 37

    DIY Details

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    A Beautiful Mess

    Simple details like DIY pillows with bright orange tassels give this front porch from A Beautiful Mess a cheerful modern feel.

     
  • 33 of 37

    Leave It Open

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    Mindy Gayer Design Co. / Photo by Vanessa Lentine

    Mindy Gayer Design Co. added a patio-style front porch with a seating area to this modern home that is located off to the right of the front door entrance and is open to the street.

     
  • 34 of 37

    Light the Path

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    Brophy Interiors

    Brophy Interiors added warm porch lighting that extends to the facade and retainer wall outside of this contemporary home that gives it a cohesive feel.

     
  • 35 of 37

    Keep It Fresh

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    Mary Patton Design

    This airy and uncluttered midcentury modern porch from Mary Patton Design feels as current as it did in the 20th century, while a yellow bench, sculptural planter, and fresh white paint on the porch structure makes it feel updated and fresh.

     
  • 36 of 37

    White It Out

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    Maite Granda

    This Florida modern cottage from interior designer Maite Granda has a recessed front porch set back from the road with painted white rocking chairs that match both the picket fence on the edge of the property and the pair of rocking chairs on the other side of the window in the living room. From the inside, the visible front porch looks like an extension of the interior with the same cohesive style.

     
  • 37 of 37

    Keep It Bare

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    Maite Granda

    If you live in a modern or contemporary home and don’t plan on spending time on your front porch, there’s no reason to embellish it. Just make sure that it’s clean, tidy, and in good repair, with an interesting mix of finishes to add curb appeal. This Florida front porch from interior designer Maite Granda is kept bare while a pair of staggered topiaries in modern blue planters softens up the steps.

How Do I Modernize My Front Porch?

An easy way to modernize your front porch is to keep it neutral-toned in shades of black and white on everything from the outdoor lighting to the doormat, wall-mounted mailbox, planters, house number plate, and other accessories. Or you can choose another path and paint the front door in a bright, non-traditional door color and add decors such as outdoor throw cushions on seating or bright colored flowers in a matching or contrasting shade for a modern look. 

What Do I Put on a Modern Front Porch?

A modern front porch has a well-edited selection of decor—and furniture, if space allows—to give it a polished and uncluttered feel. A modern pendant light, colorful, or patterned outdoor rug in place of a traditional doormat, or sculptural planters can set the tone for a space that feels current and fresh. When in doubt, choose timeless pieces in neutral colors that won’t look outdated in years to come.

How Can I Make My Porch More Appealing?

You can make your home porch more appealing by painting the front door in a fun or eye-catching color, upgrading your welcome mat, or hanging a pretty sconce or pendant light.

If your porch is big enough, adding seating in the form of a bench, pair of chairs, or a porch swing will make it more appealing to spend time on. Make sure to keep your front porch neat and tidy by sweeping up stray leaves and dirt—never hesitate to add some plants or flowers that will make it feel more welcoming and upgrade your curb appeal. Just be sure to treat them well so that they enhance your outdoor space rather than detracting from it by looking sad and neglected.

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