Farmhouse Porch Ideas That Make You Want to Watch the Sunset While Sipping Lemonade

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If your home's interior is the epitome of farmhouse style — showcasing the perfect mix of natural materials, rustic undertones, and an overall relaxed vibe — then it's time to turn your attention to the great outdoors. Sure, the weather outside might be frightful, but that doesn't mean you can't start banking farmhouse porch ideas for balmier months that lie ahead. And could there be a more natural match for porch living than farmhouse style? With its inherently lived-in and welcoming look, it practically demands a comfy spot outside.

When considering farmhouse porch ideas, apply the same principles that you would to your interiors and select a neutral color palette, timeless silhouettes, and plenty of wood for warmth. Check out the following six outdoor scenes to get you started.

1. Opt for contrast.

Board and batten (a wall treatment featuring evenly spaced, vertically-applied thin wood planks) is an enduring farmhouse detail that adds dimension and character to interior and exterior walls alike. Here, Becky of Daly Digs creates a high-contrast porch using this technique on white walls and adding plenty of black accents. Layered doormats are welcoming and introduce subtle color and texture.

Get the look: Restoration Hardware Vintage French Farmhouse Sconce, $239 - $539

2. All of the rocking chairs.

A rocking chair, or four, just might be THE farmhouse porch necessity for leisurely afternoons spent sipping lemonade. A handful of white rockers and a small dining area anchor this classic outdoor escape by Cummings Architects. Black shutters, a hanging lantern, and an assortment of thoughtfully placed fall decor complete the look.

Get the look: Beachcrest Home Ermera Rocking Chair, $133.09

3. Think outside the box.

Put your personal stamp on farmhouse porch ideas by choosing unique elements and colors: A pair of double front doors painted in a dreamy bluish-gray hue, vintage wood shutters flanking the adjacent French doors, and hanging lanterns add an unexpected dose of character to this grand porch by Kate Marker Interiors.

Get the look: Visual Comfort E.F. Chapman Darlana 4-Light Bronze Outdoor Hanging Lantern, $1,959

4. Double down on swings.

If you're looking to maximize seating and up your home's curb appeal, look no further than hanging porch swings for the ultimate farmhouse decor idea. Chango & Co. suspended a pair from rope, adding a subtle nautical vibe — perfect for beach adjacent properties — and a dose of symmetry. Buffalo plaid pillows are a country living staple and infuse this porch with a modern and cozy vibe.

Get the look: Pottery Barn Buffalo Check Plaid Pillow Cover, $35.50

5. Go for classic staples.

When it comes to farmhouse style, if Joanna Gaines has given it her blessing, it must be good. Take design cues from her Magnolia Stay property in Waco and embrace quintessential ideas such as gray siding with contrasting shutters, lantern style wall sconces, and black accessories. A well-worn floor hints at your home's rich past and adds plenty of warmth.

Get the look: Kirkland's Black Stripes Welcome Doormat, $14.99

6. Carve out space for two.

You don't need an expansive outdoor space to create an inviting resting spot that beckons you to linger. This petite farmhouse porch idea (click here for the full tour) is chock-full of charm thanks to lots of greenery, colorful planters, and a pair of comfy lounge chairs. An outdoor rug grounds the furniture and makes its placement feel purposeful.

Get the look: Christopher Knight Home Southport Outdoor Rope Club Chairs (set of two), $257.84


Jaclyn Schatzow is a freelance writer living in Santa Monica, CA

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