Pour yourself a tall glass of sweet tea and check out the essential elements of these 15 idyllic southern front porches.
As Lonestar put it, “I’ll never beat the view from my front porch lookin’ in.” The South is known for hospitality. The welcoming of guests, family and friends starts out on the front porch traditionally, and it’s where a lot of socialization takes place. You can offer someone a seat, a glass of cold lemonade and a sympathetic ear, or simply sit by yourself and wave to your neighbors as they walk by.
In our modern world of social media and instant access, people are feeling more connected and yet more alone than ever before, which could be why the once old-fashioned home addition of a front porch is experiencing a resurgence in popularity. In fact, many new homes are being designed with front porches.
Here are a few examples of incredible southern front porches, and even if you can’t achieve everything on this list, you’re sure to find some great ideas to make your own porch a tranquil and welcoming retreat from the pressures of the real world.
15. Plenty of Seating
Porch sitting is classically a social affair, so it’s good to have at least two seats, even if you have a small porch.
14. A Place to Take a Snooze
Nothing is better than a nap on the front porch! A hammock or a porch swing, or even a Papasan chair are great options for a catnap!
13. A Good Foundation
Your porch doesn’t have to have perfectly polished wood planks; you can make it comfy even if all you have is concrete. An indoor/outdoor (all-weather) rug that you can get at a home and garden supply store works perfectly.
12. A Place to Set Your Drink
You don’t have to have a full-sized coffee table, although they sure do look nice! Even if all you have is a small side table, it’s a must-have if you’re going to create the perfect southern front porch.
11. Reading Material
Sure, the porch is a social setting, but sometimes it’s just going to be you out there, so keep some books or magazines tucked away to avoid having to keep going in and out of the house.
It really doesn’t take much, but even a few candles can add so much to your front porch decor!
9. Comforts of Home
To make your front porch more welcoming, add some throw pillows and a blanket to keep guests relaxed.
8. Good Lighting
Evening is a great time to sit outside, especially in the summer! A porch light is best, but if you don’t have one, twinkle lights are a great option!
7. A Bit of Nature
Southerners are renowned for our green thumbs, and your front porch is the perfect place to show off your gardening skills, so fill some hanging pots with your prettiest flowers and show off a bit!
This is an absolute must in the south. If you don’t have a ceiling fan, at least try to get a table fan to keep the breeze going on those hot summer afternoons!
No matter which way your front porch faces, you’re likely to get the sun in your face at some point. Hang some outdoor curtains or blinds from the sunniest spots to minimize heat and glare.
4. A Swing or a Rocking Chair
These two essential elements of the perfect southern porch are simply non-negotiable.
Whether it’s a radio, guitar, a banjo or just your voice, you’ve got to have some music out on the front porch.
Everyone likes a cold beer, but you don’t have to settle for an igloo sitting on your porch. You can use a vintage cooler like this one.
Or you can go for a cooler that is meant to look like furniture.
1. A Friend!
How better to while away the hours than with a friend to shoot the breeze!