Selecting light fixtures for the front porch may seem like a complicated process, but don't worry— we're here to help. Below, we're sharing 25 front porches and stoops that continue to inspire us and will also help you weigh the merits of sleek sconces, traditional lanterns, show-stopping pendants, and so much more. Get ready to light things up!
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Be Beautifully Asymmetrical
A single sconce is a great choice for those who crave a perfectly asymmetrical look. If you're feeling artful, opt for one with a bit of intrigue to it, whether in terms of shape or color. Not sure where to begin? Consider playing off the shade of your front door or window shades, for example.Continue to 2 of 25 below.
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Install Outdoor Sconces Throughout
You may wish to spread sconces out throughout the length of your front porch. This ensures that everyone can enjoy ample light while spending time outside during the evening hours. Here, a single sconce illuminates a small nook that's outfitted with welcoming Adirondack chairs.Continue to 3 of 25 below.
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Opt for Sweet Symmetry
Many people will opt for two sconces flanking the door for a clean, symmetrical look. What's great about this option is that it's compatible with a wide range of exterior styles, whether your home is a colonial, craftsman, Victorian, or something else entirely.Continue to 4 of 25 below.
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Keep it Simple
Alternatively, a simple pendant light on its own may be enough! Here, a modern pendant light makes a bold statement and contrasts against this home's white brick exterior beautifully.Continue to 5 of 25 below.
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Incorporate a Pendant Light
Those with a covered entryway may also wish to hang a pendant light in addition to sconces on both sides of the front door.Continue to 6 of 25 below.
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Light the Way
A single sconce hangs above an ornate plaque detailing the history of this home, which dates back to 1860. Hanging the sconce here is a great way to draw visitors' attention to this cool fact, too. You could also install your sconce over your house numbers if you have those hanging in a similar location.Continue to 7 of 25 below.
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Beautiful lanterns make a classic statement outside this stately white brick home.Continue to 8 of 25 below.
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While this home is more traditional in style, modern black sconces provide a fun juxtaposition to the exterior.Continue to 9 of 25 below.
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All in a Row
A row of pendant lights illuminates this expansive porch, which doubles as a beautiful outdoor dining spot. The pendants, combined with candles and a fireplace, cast a romantic glow.Continue to 10 of 25 below.
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Fabulous Flush Mount
A flush mount is sleek and practical in this outdoor gathering space. Sizable outdoor furniture instantly turns the front porch into a second living room of sorts, making it easy for friends and family to gather on warm weather days without even having to step foot indoors.Continue to 11 of 25 below.
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When designing this home, Nicola Mangenello had her eye on something a little bit off the beaten path. “The light fixtures I selected for this porch are by Bevolo and the style is French Quarter Yoke Drop," she says. "It’s a wonderful fixture because it can be either electric or gas. I chose them for the non-traditional way that they hang. Considering the oversized scale of the home’s columns, I felt the porch needed a larger fixture to balance them out."
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Light the Path
“Create an inviting front porch with decorative lighting that provides an illuminated path up to the front door," designer Elizabeth Drake encourages. "This lantern with a glass top was selected for highlighting the blue ceiling feature, and its corresponding wall sconces at the door. I extended the home’s color palette of blue and silver onto the porch with a black accent front door.”Continue to 13 of 25 below.
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Try This Cheery Touch
This wraparound porch features string light for an extra dose of brightness. If your porch offers wooden beams like this, wrapping lights around them can be a great way to make the space feel even more welcoming and illuminated when entertaining at night.
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A fan is a must for hot summer days on the front porch. Opt for a fixture that also features lighting so that you can continue to enjoy the fan's benefits at night, too.Continue to 15 of 25 below.
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This metal sconce—and the pendant that is a larger mirror of it—is perfect for the minimalistic entryway.Continue to 16 of 25 below.
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Make a Statement
You will certainly want to choose an overhead fixture that is proportional to your entryway ceiling height. The taller it is, the more dramatic you can go when it comes to pendant lights! this one features a long chain that makes a sophisticated statement.Continue to 17 of 25 below.
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Keep It Straightforward
This Hamptons style home features a simple pendant light that allows the detailed window moldings to really shine and become the focal point.Continue to 18 of 25 below.
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A modern pendant light with a beautiful rounded bulb doubles as art on this front porch.Continue to 19 of 25 below.
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Go for the Globe
Globe-shaped sconces add modernity and style to this front porch. The colors play to the home wonderfully, drawing from the white paneling as well as the black front door and window panes.Continue to 20 of 25 below.
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Make It Matchy Matchy
Lanterns sconces look lovely outside this colonial style home, while plants on either side of the entryway keep the symmetrical look going.Continue to 21 of 25 below.
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Lantern style sconces remind us of simpler times when entryways were truly lit by candlelight. As the above image shows, this style of fixture doesn't have to be reserved for colonial style houses by any means.Continue to 22 of 25 below.
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Rock the Recessed Lighting
Recessed lighting illuminates the entryway to this coastal style home, which, with its multiple porch areas, is extremely well equipped for outdoor entertaining.Continue to 23 of 25 below.
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Opt for the Mod
An ultra-modern outdoor sconce illuminates this home's entryway and complements its sleek window style at the same time.Continue to 24 of 25 below.
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Make a Simple Statement
This Arts and Crafts style home features a simple pendant in the entryway, allowing the stone exterior to really be the statement maker as one walks up to the front door.Continue to 25 of 25 below.
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Add a Pop of Copper
Copper is a popular finish when it comes to outdoor lanterns; the ones above pop against the home's white exterior.