Choosing an outdoor light fixture that perfectly complements the style of your home is no easy feat, but it is an important design choice that can take your property to the next level. If you are in the process of preparing for outdoor entertaining season, consider adding front porch lights to your list of decor upgrades.
Ahead are 25 porches featuring a variety of stylish lighting options, from rustic lanterns and sconces to sculptural pendants and elegant flush mounts. Regardless of where your design sensibilities lie, you are sure to find a favorite among this collection of outdoor porch lights.
A star pendant adds a dose of charm to an outdoor escape in a 17th-century Dutch bluestone house in Ulster County, New York.
A dome-style pendant lends a modern touch to a rustic porch designed by Mazzinghi-Sanchez, a Buenos Aires-based architecture firm. The space, located in a weekend home in Argentina, features an awning that's crafted of eucalyptus logs along with Brazilian lapacho-wood flooring.
An industrial pendant from the 1950s makes a statement on the porch of a Pacific Palisades home by designer Alison Palevsky.
Globe string lights complement this San Antonio porch's relaxed vibe. The double-height screened porch, which is owned by decorator Gwynn Griffith, also features a suspended sofa and wicker chair, along with pillows upholstered in African textiles. To complete the look, the designer opted for John Dickinson accent table and a stained concrete flooring for an industrial feel.
For the porch of their 1928 Craftsman cottage in Columbia County, New York, designer Dale Saylor and stylist Joe Williamson selected an elegant white flush mount light fixture.
Simple sconces light the way into this Grey Gardens-inspired East Hampton home. The door is painted in Benjamin Moore's Narragansett Green.
Chic fabric sconces light the way to the entrance of Jacques Grange’s summer bungalow in Comporta, Portugal.
At a cottage in Beverly Hills, the front door's stained-glass panels are custom-made, as are the lanterns by Paul Ferrante.
A veranda overlooks the courtyard of this South Carolina property. Nautical-inspired sconces wrap around the entire outdoor area.
This neo-Regency pool house at a Sag Harbor home is modeled after a 1930s outbuilding at the former Hollywood home of film director George Cukor. Over-scale trelliswork adorns the walls, and the roof is made of lead-coated copper. The entryway is lit by two delicate hanging lanterns.
In Robert Duffy's Hudson River Valley home, the copper lanterns flanking the entrance are by Bevolo.
On the screened porch of Boston architect Heather Wells’s retreat in North Sutton, New Hampshire, a table lamp adds an unexpected indoorsy element to the screened-in gathering space.
At the front door of Candia Fisher’s Connecticut retreat, a frosted white pendant hangs in the entryway.
The porch of a family home in East Hampton, New York, designed by John Kureck and Doug Jones, boasts a rustic wire-frame ceiling light perfect for spending summer evenings outdoors.
In Salento, a region in Southern Italy, a ceiling sculpture by Scolari doubles as a light, illuminating the ground-floor stairwell. The vintage accent tables are from an Italian café.
On a porch in Marrakech, the loggia's walls and floor are hand-polished plaster, the bench is by maisonLAB, and the oak side table is a flea-market find. Black hanging lanterns give the regal space a modern edge.
Greeting guests at the door of this cozy guesthouse in the Montana mountains is Turtle, a golden retriever, and a single country-style sconce providing warm lighting.
The front door’s shutters at a Victorian cottage on Cape Cod are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Chrome Green, and a vintage sign was made into a bench. The entry way is flanked by a bright white sconce.
The entrance to a Westchester retreat has traditional sconces to match the home's classic exterior.
A path lined with boxwood globes leads to the entrance of an Oakland, California home, the facade painted in . The black sconces perfectly complement the exterior.
In an Upstate New York home, the front garden, the custom benches, planters, and widow’s walk are all painted in . The lanterns are by and the pavers came from a quarry in nearby Rockland County, New York.
Thie minimalistic home in Palm Springs, California, boasts a bright yellow door flanked by black torch sconces.
The side entry of textile designer John Robshaw’s 19th-century cottage in Sharon, Connecticut, which he renovated and
designed with the help of decorator Sara Bengur and architect Colby Wong, features an Egyptian mosque light from Sheherazade.
At a farmhouse in Los Angeles, California, the facade is illuminated with sconces by , and the front door is painted in .
The porch of a Los Angeles family home designed
by Jefferey Alan Marks boasts a sconce as well as festive string lights.