Cultivating spaces around your home starts at your front door. From adding outdoor lighting that enhances the character of your home, to finishing your front porch with the hardware and decor to match—you want to create a welcoming entry that highlights the beauty of your home and ensures that all the spaces around it are well lit. Here, we’ll walk you through three different ways to style your front porch—along with helpful tips for choosing lighting that not only looks good, but is also designed to withstand the elements.
1. Update Your Traditional Style Home
When updating a traditional style home, opt for designs that elevate and enhance the classic look and feel of your front entry. Create a coordinated look by pairing vintage-inspired lighting, like our Jerico Single Sconce with our easy-to-read Jerico House Numbers, in a classic finish option such as Aged Brass. If you have limited front porch space, add greenery by lining the path to your home with our durable all-weather Modern Textured Planters.
Design Note: Wet-Rated Lighting
Wet-rated lighting is made to withstand the elements, so it can be placed in exposed areas like an uncovered front entry or by your garage. When you view our lighting collection online, you'll find the UL-listed rating for each light in the product specifications.
2. Add an Industrial Twist
Add character to the exterior of any style home with industrial-influenced details—starting with your lighting. Inspired by industrial warehouse lighting from the 1900s, our bestselling Carson Lighting Collection is wet-rated and designed to be customized. Choose from pendants or sconces, then choose your shade and color. Pair it with industrial steel or fiberstone planters in a neutral hue to help set an inviting tone. If you have ample room on your front porch, create an alfresco dining spot or simply add our Prineville Side Chair for a comfortable, modern seating solution.
Design Note: Damp-Rated Lighting
Damp-rated lighting is ideal for covered porches. Made to withstand bigger temperature swings and higher humidity, damp-rated lighting still needs to be protected from the elements directly. Most of our outdoor pendants and semi-flush lights are damp-rated, making them perfect for covered outdoor spaces.
3. Elevate With Modernist Details
Modern homes, such as this front entry, benefit from a more pared-down approach to lighting and hardware. Our Lombard Flush Mount is a dimmable fixture inspired by the minimalist modern details of Northwest Modernism that adds a warm glow and illuminates exterior door sets and knockers. Try mixing up the metal finishes of your lighting and hardware for a more eclectic look that won’t compromise character. Finish the space with a handwoven doormat and an assortment of greenery-filled planters to tie it altogether.