You’re ready to dive in and make your porch a beautiful part of your home, so we’ve got some wrap around porch ideas for you.
The big picture look
Here where we’ll tackle stuff like posts, columns, railings, and spindles. The choices you make in this department are likely staying for a while. Simply because while you can swap out other design elements like flower pots and chairs, it’s kind of hard to swap out porch columns on a whim. Especially if they’re load-bearing. Our advice- give this some thought so that you’re making an informed decision.
Stained wood can give your front porch a warm, cozy look. But you’ve still got room to personalize by choosing the darkness of your stain. Check out Minwax’s Stains Color Guide to get a feel for all the color options that are out there.
If you know you’re going with stained wood, beef up the log cabin look with log pillars and round spindles and railings. Stain everything and watch as your porch turns into a mountain cabin. Just add pine trees, snow, and bears to make it feel like your dream log cabin hideaway. Okay, maybe don’t add bears. If you really want to get sold on the look and come home dreaming up ways to recreate it, try a short stay here.
If you have a sided house and you love the color of your siding, consider extending it to your porch. This will create a cohesive appearance. Instead of a pillar that’s uniform all the way up, try adding siding to make it look like a column. The base should be square and sided with the same color siding as your house. The top half of the pillar should be a fraction of the size of the base and should be white (painted or vinyl).
Fill in the space in between these columns with white railings and white spindles. Top off the look with porch rail planters filled with flowers in your favorite bright color.
There is beauty in the details
The big picture look of your porch is important because it’s a bit more difficult to change as the fancy strikes. But that doesn’t mean you should neglect the details like furniture and decor. Now that you’ve got the structure nailed down, we want to share some wrap around porch ideas that will make the place reflect your sense of style.
Flags can really brighten up a porch. Grab some flag brackets from your closest home improvement store. And not just 1 or 2. Get enough to keep the flags waving all the way around your wrap around porch. Since you’ve got a wrap around, why not decorate the whole way around?
Go for seasonal flags so you can enjoy the difference in decor as the seasons change – just as long as you enjoy swapping your flags out from time to time. Or, take the guesswork out of choosing a flag and opt for Old Glory. It will make a stunning display circling your entire house. Just remember to illuminate it at night according to §174 of the Flag Code. But if you want to go with a flag that reflects your interests or hobbies, check out all the flags here to take inventory of your options.
Wrap around porch ideas for conversation areas
Since you’ve got a lot more space with your wrap around than some porches provide, make the most of it by creating several different conversation areas. That way you and/or your company can migrate around the porch. Keep in mind that some spots may get alternately sunny and shady. Snag some used wicker chairs at a garage sale or flea market. Perhaps purchase a teak furniture set and create an area that’s full of green plants.
Try ferns in natural-looking planters. In another area, place colorful flowers in planters designed for porch railings. Make seating arrangements with antiqued wooden rocking chairs.
Need more fun options?
We hope you liked these wrap around porch ideas. But if you need just a tad more inspiration, check out and adopt some of our other porch ideas here. Above all, make the place warm and welcoming. You and your friends will love to spend quiet afternoons and cool evenings out there making new memories. Make the space relaxing so you can enjoy great conversations or just companionable silence.