15 Portico Design Ideas to Elevate Your Curb Appeal

Perk up your entryway with a pretty portico addition.

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March 06, 2019

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Charm With Trellis

This cute, cottage home is dressed to the nines with pretty, pale-blue shutters and a custom copper and cedar portico with trellis columns. The charming arched entry adds curves and softness to the otherwise boxy home. Cedar covers the interior of the barrel-vaulted portico and matches the front door and window boxes. The white trellis columns add function and fashion to the facade by supporting the arch and creating a lovely climbing structure for vines and blooms.

Meet in the Middle

Consider this lakeside home your green light to get creative and mesh different styles and materials to create the curb appeal of your dreams. East meets West with this pointed portico design. A rich mix of stone and locally sourced wood speaks to the lakeside-mountain appeal, while the curved brackets and pagoda-style roof speaks to Asian influence. The results are universally stunning.

Formal + Symmetrical

Tall, dark and handsome? Yes, please! Create a portico that meshes seamlessly with your home by pulling inspiration from the architectural style or characteristics of the facade. This stormy-gray colonial home sports an evenly proportioned portico that fits perfectly with the nine windows. The portico is topped with a Juliet balcony that serves as an elegant crown to the home's classic architecture.

Opt for Ultra-Modern

Porticos aren’t reserved for stately colonial homes. Use this striking design as your muse and enlist professionals to give your modern or contemporary home a similar, head-turning addition. The architects of this edgy home used post-tension structural methods (and years of higher level education) to create the dramatic overhang.

Soften Sharp Edges

The sharp edges of this elegant country estate are softened by the curved portico entry. The fanned metal roof and smooth ivory columns add feminine flair that contrasts beautifully against the rugged, cobble-stone exterior. Rounded shrubbery and linear boxwoods mingle in the front garden and mirror the striking combination seen in the architecture of the home.

Reinvent Your Entry

Use a portico addition as a tool to give your exterior an elegant, new identity. This simple, ranch home borrows from classic colonial designs to create a front entry that feels both symmetrical and sophisticated.

Never Underestimate Simplicity

Keep your portico addition sweet and simple. Create an inviting entry for your cottage or ranch home by using a classic, peaked roof supported by wood corbels. We’re smitten with the way this home uses the same, sage-green color to enhance the portico and front door.

Lead With Curves

Talk about head-turning curves, right? This charming, charcoal craftsman home stands apart from the rest of the neighborhood with its oversized overhang and striking, custom columns. The expansive addition offers homeowners a prime spot for porch sitting.

Reimagine Your Ranch

Take your ranch home from dated to darling with a pretty portico addition. We’re taking notes from this ranch home and its punchy, white railing. The bright addition provides space to greet guests and pairs well with the inky-black shutters and creamy, painted brick facade.

Go Greek

Revisit the classics when making selections for your portico addition. This crisp and classic colonial pulls inspiration from Greek architecture for its portico and side porch. Smooth, white columns are capped with ornamental volutes to support the porch structures, while also adding an air of opulence to the exterior of the home.

Mix Materials

Add texture and dimension to your entryway by bringing in a variety of materials for your portico design. This mountain cabin using stone and wood columns to support the portico while lending a refined touch of arts-and-crafts style.

Modern Appeal

Take your home from flat to fresh by adding a sleek, straight roofed portico. This vibrant Texas home features an inviting portico addition that mimics the lines used for the exterior windows and garage door. The warm, cedar stained columns complement the front door, the wooden fence and the spirited orange garage.

Stick With the Classics

Always consider style and scale when planning an exterior addition for your home. This urban townhome keeps both in mind by using slender, scale-appropriate columns in a traditional style that enhances the classic red brick and black shutters.

Mimic the Arches

This warm, white Mediterranean home stuns passerby on the street with a series of arches, framing its expansive terra cotta porch. A barrel-vaulted portico frames the front door and creates cohesion between the entry and the existing curves.

Twice as Nice

This portico design is reserved for those who are willing to stand in the spotlight because trust us, people will stop and stare. We’re drooling over the full-height porch of this luxurious, neoclassical home. The dramatic, Greek-inspired columns provide stability to the stately overhang which provides shade for both the front stoop and second-story balcony.

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