Porch Styling Ideas by Interior Designer Amber Clore
A porch is a major selling point for any home. Many people have visions of sitting on their porch and enjoying wine with friends or of growing old and watching the sunset from a rocking chair. You probably had wonderful plans for your porch when you purchased your home. And if you are a proud owner of the many “period-style” homes in the Historic District, there is a chance you find yourself at a loss for how to style for the best curb appeal.
A properly designed porch can cut down on winter fuel and summer air-conditioning bills: The porch shields the sun’s rays from the ground-floor windows in summer, keeping the whole house cooler. But in winter, the porch lets the season’s low-angled rays shine through, creating interior warmth through the greenhouse effect. Whether you’ve got a full veranda or just a cozy little stoop, our round up of porch decor ideas has something to suit every style and space.
Beginning in the 1850s, when the Gothic Revival style was still influential the Victorian style home can be found on every block in the Sanford historic district and are also referred to as Italianate, Stick or Queen Anne style homes. Typically clad in decorative gingerbread trim, scalloped shingles and painted in bright earth toned hues, these vintage style homes are also identified by a sprawling wrap-around or multi-level porch.
When it comes to decorating a Victorian style porch, the sky is the limit! Make your porch whatever you want it to be! Envision an old-fashioned Victorian era porch filled with lots of pretty white wicker, bistro style seating and cascading ferns hanging from the veranda columns. The details in these porches are something to behold, so take a look around and try to capture the railing details, brackets, color combinations, and other details to give you creative ideas to make your own!