Even though a porch railing's main purpose is for safety, it is a great opportunity to enhance your home's curb appeal. With so many options to choose from, from sown wood balusters to nautical rope details, you have many options to choose from no matter what your home's style is.
If you're wanting to upgrade your porch's design, choosing the railing is a great first step since it usually spans the entirety of the porch. To help you choose the right railing for your home, we share 30 porch ideas to help inspire you.
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All the Blues
Blue may not be the first color you think of when it comes to your home's front entrance, but this home proves that decorating in a variety of blue shades creates an inviting entrance. This traditional house now has a fresh look that has curb appeal.Continue to 2 of 30 below.
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Flower Box Railing
A porch should complement its natural surroundings. A flower box is installed one side of this porch in lieu of railing all around to help make the garden feel more lush and add extra color to the outdoor space.Continue to 3 of 30 below.
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Red and White Design
The classic look of this white porch railing will stand the test of time. To give this home more color and interest, the railing is paired with red accents on the ceiling and porch swing.Continue to 4 of 30 below.
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If you want to combine both rustic and minimalist, this porch railing is the perfect combo. The cable porch railing is simple and still allows you to enjoy the view while the wood handrail adds a rustic touch.Continue to 5 of 30 below.
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Modern Glass Design
Glass is often seen in modern style homes because of its clean, minimalistic design. The porch railing of this modern home mixes two textures - glass and wood that add interest while still staying true to elements of modern style.Continue to 6 of 30 below.
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This cottage-style home features a green shed style roof, and the color is carried through to the shutters and porch handrail for a cohesive look.Continue to 7 of 30 below.
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Symmetry is Key
A traditional house often has symmetrical design elements like this wrought iron porch railing that goes from wide to more narrow for a more grand entrance. When wrought iron is treated, it is a durable railing option that will last for years to come.Continue to 8 of 30 below.
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Palm Spring Vibes
This home designed by The Home Consultant features clean lines, smooth stucco and a stunning wood garage. The detailed breeze block porch wall adds depth and gives the home a beachy Palm Springs look.Continue to 9 of 30 below.
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Sawn Baluster Railing
Of course the red exterior of the home takes center stage, but the sawn baluster porch railings really pull the whole look of this home together. The detailing in the railing is carried through to the roof, which resembles a gingerbread house.Continue to 10 of 30 below.
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Only one side of the home's front entrance features a traditional railing, while the other is the home's exterior wall. The asymmetry helps the citrus plant stand out, while the door and sconces add a dose of symmetry to balance the space out.Continue to 11 of 30 below.
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Side Entry Porch
The porch of this home is on the side of the house, but that doesn't mean it's short on style. The pillars for the white columns are also the porch railing and have a Victorian look with a beautiful cutout design that repeats throughout the length of the porch.Continue to 12 of 30 below.
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Bold Red Flower Boxes
This home has an Americana look with its red, white, and blue color palette. The traditional white porch railing is spruced up with bright red flower boxes that enhance the home's curb appeal.Continue to 13 of 30 below.
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This geometric porch railing design combines traditional with contemporary and helps make this porch feel larger.Continue to 14 of 30 below.
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Wood and Metal
You aren't limited to just one material when it comes to picking porch railing. Kirsten's porch features a wood and metal railing that has a clean look and lets in plenty of natural light.Continue to 15 of 30 below.
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Matching Wood Panels
The rustic wood porch panels of this two-story Seattle home have inlets that mirror the arches of the front entrance of the home for a cool design. The wood panels are also carried through to the home's balcony to help draw the eye up and make the home feel grand.Continue to 16 of 30 below.
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When you live in a high rise, the balcony is the only outdoor area you have. Maite Granda livened up this simple balcony glass wall with futuristic neon furniture and dishware.Continue to 17 of 30 below.
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Black and White
The black iron railing up to this house plus the flooring are a beautiful contrast with this home's white exterior and traditional white porch railing and columns.Continue to 18 of 30 below.
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A Variety of Textures
This home's front entrance features a variety of textures that instantly make the home feel inviting. The dark metal railing provides a beautiful contrast with the white door, porch ceiling and stone facade.Continue to 19 of 30 below.
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Keep It Natural
The original railing on this home was wrought iron, which didn't fit with the tropical style of the home. The Home Consultant removed the middle section of the railing, painted the remaining parts white and added natural wood railing which is more true to resort-inspired style.Continue to 20 of 30 below.
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What's more synonymous with nautical design than rope details? This beach house in the Virgin Islands features a simple rope railing that fits perfectly with the rest of the home's nautical design.Continue to 21 of 30 below.
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This house combines California cool and coastal styles. The stark white home exterior stands out against the black metal railing, while the wood details and custom rope railing bring a nautical vibe.Continue to 22 of 30 below.
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Beach House Views
The appeal of a beach house is to be right on the beach to enjoy the sight and sounds of the ocean. To help from obstructing the view, a half glass wall provides safety without blocking the view.Continue to 23 of 30 below.
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If your porch is large, you can transform it into an outdoor dining area. A half concrete wall gives some privacy while providing a spot to place extra potted plants.Continue to 24 of 30 below.
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The thick wood porch railing feels clunky on this small porch, but s.u.s.a.p. added a sheer white sheet with twinkle lights and candles on one side to help soften the look. Now, this is a relaxing place to lounge.Continue to 25 of 30 below.
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We love a home that has a cohesive look, including this one that used the home's exterior as a porch railing and pillars for the traditional white columns. The look is polished and sophisticated.Continue to 26 of 30 below.
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Separating Two Properties
A porch railing isn't just for safety and aesthetic purposes, but it can also serve as a barrier between two properties if you're close to your neighbor. This short wood wall separates two houses but doesn't take away from the home's design. The coloring in the wood is carried through to the stone facade of the first level of the home for a complete look.Continue to 27 of 30 below.
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A Dark Finish
White porch railings are often seen on traditional or coastal style homes, but if you want more of a rustic look, a dark finish will do the trick. This home's earthy tones, from the dark shutters to the dark wood porch railing, give it a rustic look.Continue to 28 of 30 below.
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Brick and Wood
The brick pillars of this Craftsman style home are what gives the home its curb appeal, but what helps the brick stand out even more is the classic white wood railing.Continue to 29 of 30 below.
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Wrought Iron Railing
If you have a lush garden, you don't want to obstruct your view. A wrought iron railing blends seamlessly with a garden background and still gives you safety. Plus, if you have a stenciled patio floor, it will help enhance the design without overpowering it.Continue to 30 of 30 below.
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Wrought iron railing is more durable than wood, so it's a great option for households with children or elders. The look of this porch is softened with shabby chic style furniture and fresh florals.