25 Eye-Catching Entryways for Summer

Greet family and friends with a welcoming front porch that's designed for soaking up those long summer days and nights.

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June 28, 2019

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Bring the Party Around Front

Who says the backyard has a monopoly on entertaining? This porch proves that summer gatherings belong in the front, too. With one side dedicated to grilling and a bar cart full of cocktail and drink essentials, the other end combines comfy chairs and a swing for an intimate conversation spot. An explosion of color and texture, this entryway combines shades of navy, coral and rustic brick red, all defined by cream-colored trim.

Swing On

A cozy wood swing + a deep, shady porch = a match made in lazy, lounging heaven. Take a cue from the designers at Cloth & Kind to make the most of your front porch space by creating a colorful conversation area for whiling the summer away.

The Thirst Is Real

No matter where you live, there's no denying that the summer sun can sometimes feel relentless. Make your front porch into a relaxing oasis by rolling out a serving cart when guests arrive. Ice cold lemonade (or bubbly!) makes lounging on the porch feel like a mini vacay.

Decidedly Breezy

Warm woven textures + a classic blue-and-white color scheme = instant summery feels. The trio of patterns — stripes, diamonds and graphic — all work together because they use the same shades of blue and white. The mix of small prints with larger patterns evokes a more interesting aesthetic.

Opt for All-Weather Materials

Ceramic garden stools not only add a big boost of timeless style to a front porch seating area, their glazed surface can weather rain or sun with ease while offering up a flat perch for placing a book, snack or drink.

Happy Hello

A pair of individual swing seats made from reclaimed wood are a fun addition to this bright white porch where the brilliant blue door stands out against the painted white brick exterior. Under the swings, a graphic area rug picks up the hue from the front door in a bit more subdued shade of blue.

Perfectly Patriotic

Summer celebrations often include an Americana theme. Filling an old watering can with an assortment of grocery store or backyard blooms in red, white or blue shades is an easy and colorful way to brighten up your porch's seating area.

Complement Your Surroundings

The charm of this spacious front porch begins with its architectural details: historic brickwork, a tongue-and-groove ceiling and a beautifully arched glass door. Comfortable furniture in soft grays and muted wicker allow those design elements to remain the star of the space. Even the planters are in an unobtrusive light gray and filled with simple yet pretty greenery.

Pile on the Pillows

Cozy up hard outdoor furniture with pillows and throws to make kicking back in your great outdoors even more enjoyable. But, to prevent damage and a musty smell, don't use indoor (especially down-filled) cushions. Instead, opt for durable outdoor-rated fabric filled with water-resistant polyfill inserts and swap in a Turkish beach towel, which dries super fast, for a standard throw.

Suspended Style

Billowing curtains soften this cozy porch that's dressed in warm neutrals. Not just one, but three swings grace the area, creating a completely relaxing spot to sway the day away. Navy-piped pillows add a note of color and definition.

Bright + Inviting

A hydrangea-lined pathway leads to this light and airy home, where a paneled navy front door creates a chic contrast to the home's gray shingles and white trimwork. Lanterns define the front steps, providing illumination for evening get-togethers. A pair of white Adirondack chairs topped with pillows in pale shades of gray and sea green sit ready to greet guests or enjoy the morning sun.

Be My Blue

Painting porch ceilings blue is a long-time favorite of Southern homes. Whether it was simply a tradition passed down through generations or to warn off haints (a restless spirit), a blue porch ceiling brightens the space and emulates the sky's hue overhead.

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Think Vertically

Take front porch plants to a new level with vertical trays of succulents. Here, the hardy plants add lots of color and texture and create a gallery wall effect. Raw materials, such as the primitive wood bench and stained concrete floor, add a natural aesthetic to the entry.

Burst of Color

A new take on the classic porch swing, this simple design is painted a bright coral and hung from ropes instead of chain. An array of pillows, as well as planters full of flowing flowers, infuse the gray-and-white porch with cheery color and texture.

Seaside Escape

Made for summer days, this entryway has a custom Dutch door so just the top half can be opened to let in a fresh, seaside breeze. Blue-and-white tiled stairs create a cool zigzag pattern up to the porch, where flanking outdoor lanterns provide welcoming beacons after a nighttime stroll on the beach.

Bungalow Allure

The homey appeal of this Craftsman abode welcomes with warm earth tones — from the burnt-orange front door to the sage-green siding. White columns and trim beautifully contrast the wood shingle exterior. A variety of potted flowers, as well as the lemon tree by the entry stairs, adds lively color throughout the entire space.

Arresting Illuminations

Smart landscaping lighting enhances any entry. No trip hazards here — these clever lights are placed strategically under the steps and along retaining walls to ensure a bright and cheery welcome or exit for guests and homeowners alike.

Cue the Color

Filling your front porch with potted flowers is one of the easiest (and cheapest!) ways to add a lot of seasonal color — but be sure to select plants that are a good fit for your front porch's sun exposure (full sun, partial sun or shade) and check on them frequently as potted plants require more frequent watering than those in the ground.

Say Yes to Symmetry

For timeless appeal, flank the front door with a pair of lanterns but instead of plants in traditional urns, get creative by planting an oversized basket or, in this case, a rustic, driftwood planter. A wicker chair placed opposite the sculptural container balances the look.

Laid-Back Atmosphere

For this black-and-white exterior, a healthy dose of green in pillow patterns and plants keep the space from looking flat and adds a cheery pop of color. Wicker furniture with circular detailing has an airy quality and is placed in multiple groupings to create distinct gathering spots.

Incorporate Adjacent Areas

To really maximize outdoor living space, take inspo from this welcoming entry and spread the seating areas out into the surrounding yard. Here, set off to the side of the main entry is a small courtyard, where pretty-in-blue chairs surround a wrought iron coffee table for friendly get-togethers. Tiles laid in a zigzag pattern create a rug-like effect and a large fountain joins the front porch proper and adjacent courtyard together.

Come Sit by Me

Simplicity reigns supreme for this classic entryway grounded in aged brick, backed with traditional wood siding and distinguished by wide, paneled columns. With its timeless black rocking chairs, it's perfectly designed for a front porch's favorite pastimes — sipping tea and sharing the latest gossip.

Boho Chic

Global textiles strike the just-right balance with this porch's clean-lined furniture, playing warm against cool elements. Top coffee tables or other flat surfaces with handled trays to make it easier to bring snacks and drinks in and out of the house.

Warm Weather Hub

Keep cool during those stifling summer days with outdoor ceiling fans. Here, dark red bricks pair with neutral siding and wrought iron railing for a porch that has a time-honored appeal.

Whole-Heartedly Vibrant

Bright and colorful with tropical flair, this porch mixes new and old together for a casual and oh-so-comfy atmosphere. A beverage dispenser filled with citrus fruit is a cheery decoration that is also a handy refreshment when guests stop by. Step into the kitchen to slice up a few oranges, lemons or limes and fill with water.

Sit a Spell

This porch, with its line of moss green rocking chairs and rooted-in-tradition hanging lanterns, is made for watching the day go by. Although this home sits on the outskirts of San Francisco, it conjures pure southern charm.

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