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Your front porch is one of the first impressions made upon visitors to your home. A vibrant front door and planters can help highlight your home's entrance, but porch lighting is an important and often overlooked consideration. Read on for porch outdoor lighting ideas for your home.
For this elegant brick home with a deck overlooking the water, Jacklyn Graniczny of Sublime Homes opted for classic hanging wall sconces. The spacing of the openings made it challenging to frame the back entrance, so she placed an additional sconce on another wall. A lighting scheme doesn’t always have to be symmetrical to be successful.
Nadia Watts of Nadia Watts Interior Design incorporated subtle walls sconces flanking an outdoor rustic fireplace. The focus here is on the view, the lights are only there to support the guest experience. Outdoor wall sconces can also be mounted on exterior columns to better distribute the light.
If you want an ultramodern effect, consider incorporating spotlights into overhanging eaves or the ceiling of a covered porch. The effect is clean and minimal, and provides plenty of light where you need it. Downlights can be incorporated into a variety of materials, including wood eaves and stucco.
A classic chateaux-inspired design by Jacklyn Graniczny of Sublime Homes incorporates black metal lantern sconces that flank both the front door and the garage. Keeping your exterior porch lighting consistent can make your home feel more intentional and expensive. Good lighting contributes to curb appeal.
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This indoor porch features black slatted walls, making it feel cozy and enclosed. Hanging wall sconces frame the space and provide lighting for an intimate seating area. Touches of green and plants bring nature inside. Blending the indoors and outdoors can bring a sense of calm to your home.
Farmhouse-style outdoor wall sconces blend in perfectly with the architecture of this home. If you have large windows, try matching the frames to your outdoor light fixtures. This can provide a welcome contrast while also creating consistency.
This covered porch balances lines, curves and geometries with its fresh and inviting look. Two globe pendants illuminate the dining table, while twin fans with lights provide a back up. Yet all fixtures are subtle and neutral to keep the focus on the view, which is ideal for coastal environments.
This elegant home by Jill Shevlin Design comes alive at night with porch lighting. A lower arcade features a single stunning pendant, while the upper level covered porch is punctuated by three pendants of a similar style. Outdoor pendants lend traditional charm to this statement home.
Create a welcoming entrance to your home’s front porch with large-scale farmhouse-style wall sconces. These classic lanterns work well with traditional architecture and many other styles. Don’t be afraid to choose larger fixtures for your home, as they need to show up well from the street.
Lantern-like outdoor pendants perfectly complement this charming porch with painted wood ceilings, a rustic stone wall and cozy seating area. A larger scale fixture can add warmth and balance to your outdoor porch. The black metal fixtures provide a contrast to the other materials, adding visual interest.
When lighting a front porch access via a set of stairs, it’s important to illuminate the full sequence. A combination of post lights, wall sconces and spot lights can accomplish that. The main goal is to guide your guests safely up the stairs while also playing up the architecture of your home.
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A cozy outdoor fireplace provides warmth and light, but outdoor porch lighting is still needed. Coordinating pendants and wall sconces in black metal contrast the white and neutral porch palette. Don’t be afraid to introduce contrast with your lighting selection; it can look surprisingly sophisticated.
Porch lighting is important for a variety of reasons: welcoming guests, guiding them safely to your front door and providing curb appeal for your home. There are a variety of styles from which to choose, including pendants, wall sconces and spot lights. Choose fixtures that accentuate the architecture of your home for a successful outdoor lighting scheme.
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