Summer on the Front Porch

While I typically think of June 1st as the beginning of summer, the season doesn’t officially begin until June 21st – the longest day of the year. In anticipation of the arrival of summer solstice, I’ve rounded up several examples of pretty porches to provide inspiration for sprucing up your porch

. An easy way to give your porch a new look is by swapping out your cushions and pillows. Bright colors are always fun and you can find affordable outdoor pillows on shopping sites like Target or Amazon.

beach style porch in blue and yellowPhoto by Artisan of Seagrove


Add a new indoor/outdoor rug to provide a touch of color. Add planters and flowers in the same color to enhance the playful spirit.

pink and blue summer porchPhoto by Grandin Road


Who can resist a big porch swing? If you’ve got the space, this is almost a necessity! Plant flowering bushes nearby for sweet fragrance and a pretty scene.

large porch swingPhoto by Bella Botanica Designs Inc.


large porch swingPhoto by 24e Design Co.


Some people don’t like dark colors for summer, but there’s something cool and cave-like about this dark brown porch with blue and white accents.

cozy dark brown porch for summerPhoto by Artisan of Seagrove


Large container gardens add instant color and softness to this brick porch. Include a flea market bench and you’re good to go!

flea market style outdoor livingPhoto by IN-DECO


It almost looks like the garden has crawled up onto this front porch. What a refreshing spot to enjoy a glass of lemonade and watch the world go by.

traditional porch with gardenPhoto by DK Design


Containers are a great vehicle for bringing your flower gardens up onto the porch. Add a pair of blue wicker chairs to enhance the romance.

vintage front porchPhoto by Sarah Greenman


Freshen up your summer front porch by pulling house colors into your accessories. Pillows and plant stands emphasize the hue of the orange door. In fact, you can quickly update your porch by painting the door a new color.

orange front door Photo by The Cottage Building Company


Drapes add an ethereal touch to the porch, but you might not enjoy cleaning them. Keep summer days cooler on the porch with overhead ceiling fans.

romantic beach style porchPhoto by Home Design & Decor Magazine


If you have a long front porch, consider adding a dining table at one end. Dining al fresco is such a summer treat! I dragged my kitchen table outside for a temporary and fun front porch dining experience.

eclectic porchPhoto by Artisan of Seagrove


And if your porch isn’t that large, you could always tuck a small café table and chairs in the corner. Add fun paper lanterns for a party effect.

café table on small porchPhoto by

If your porch is big enough, create a cute potting station with a  bench and metal light fixtures.

vintage farmhouse porchPhoto by European Stone Concepts


Do you have any plans to spruce up your front porch or another outdoor area this year?

More Summer Inspiration:

12 Screened Porches for Summer Fun

Who Doesn’t Want a Summer Sleeping Porch?

Tracey Rapisardi Summer House


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  1. So many pretty porches. We were supposed to have a beautiful one when we built this house but the town board stomped on that saying not enough room. I was so bummed . I wanted a porch swing like in your picture. Towns are a pain with building.

    Hot here too and then a b Lou t cooler. Going from 50 to 88 is a bit much for me


  2. Those are some lovely Examples! I so miss my front porch from previous homes. A favorite memory is sitting on it with a baby in the playpen on a glorious spring morning like we have been having this laat week. My kids in NC have a wonderful front porch with a porch swing. I would love to be able to buy what I think they would like for it and just have at all shipped there without any explanation of where it came from. Maybe I will win the lottery this weekend🙄

  3. It’s a joy to look at ideas of other peoples porches and how they decorate. My front porch is screened -in and i just finished washing it down, it has cedar shakes on the walls and it smells so nice afterward. I love setting out there in the evenings when weather allows. Thanks Jennifer and have a nice day.

  4. I do love a porch with rocking chairs and over size pillows. A swing and lots of plants, and at night plenty of stars. I think that must be called heaven just outside the front door.

  5. I don’t have a front porch, but i sure want one! I’m trying to figure out how to “fake” one along the front wall of the house. These photos were very inspiring! Thanks!

  6. Nice selection! The photo attributed to IN-DECO caught my eye and I followed the link…what an interesting Russian home!

  7. I love the way you always find unique pictures for your reader. So many blogs just pass the same pictures over and over between themselves. Thank you for taking the time to keep your blog so interesting for your readers!