3 Ways to Create a Picture-Perfect Porch

There’s nothing more welcoming than a front porch. Whether you’re seated outside with a morning cup of coffee or taking a “porchtrait” with your family (fur babies included), this outdoor haven gets a lot of attention. Create a picture-perfect porch with these three ideas.

picture-perfect front porch with blue doors.

Refresh Your Door

Creating a warm and welcoming look starts with giving your front door a fresh coat of paint or stain. Whether you go bold with color or keep it neutral, this simple DIY takes less than a day to complete. It also gives your porch an instant facelift.

Accent the Ceiling

Adding a pop of color to your porch’s ceiling is an easy way to add a little bit of personality. Pull color inspiration from shutters to create a seamless look or stick with light hues for a space that feels open and inviting.

Front porch ceiling accented with yellow paint.


Ready to add the final touches? It’s all in the details. Creating a lived-in look is the secret to DIYing a picture-perfect front porch. Whether it’s rattan seating or a potted fiddle leaf tree, accessorizing allows you to create a space you’ll love using. 

Share your picture-perfect porches or “porchtraits” with us! Tag your social media posts with #SWColorLove for a chance to be featured in our gallery.


  1. I’m anticipating painting the exterior of my home. I have some wood siding and garage doors and wood front doors that I am thinking of doing in the peppercorn Sw7674 that you featured awhile ago. I have bright white eaves but am looking for a little lighter shade of gray for the stucco. Any suggestions?

    • Hi Debbie, Some grays that would look great with Peppercorn are:
      Earl Grey SW 7660
      African Gray SW 9162
      Gray Shingle SW 7670

  2. I wish we could post pictures of our house with the great color of SW Salty Dog on my shutters and entrance door.

    So glad we went with this color.

    Fantastic color!

  3. Would like to paint our front door but screen door a chocolate, and would love paint it peppercorn would it look OK thanks for your help. Ken

    • Hello Ken! We agree, chocolate would look great. Peppercorn is more of a black. For more of a chocolate, look at:
      Rookwood Dark Brown SW 2808
      Plantation Shutters SW 7520
      Sable SW 6083

  4. Would like some help with picking colors to update my front porch. The vinyl exterior of the house is sort of a robin blue color maybe a lottle deeper; shutters are white with black accents; front door is white; kind of boring; also hand rails along stairs are black wrought iron; what do you think

    Linda Tetreault
    • Hello Linda! Your home sounds lovely- a classic combo. What exactly are you painting? The porch floor, ceiling, what other items are included on the porch?

  5. I’m looking for a standout out blue of some sort for my front door. My house is a Cape Cod style, color gray, about a medium gray, definitely not dark. Trim white. Any ideas?

    • Hi Charleen! As you know, grays have been popular for quite some time no with no sign of disappearing anytime soon. One reason for this is how many color families look great with gray. For instance, on your home, we could see your door being a yellow, green or navy blue. Any of those three color families would work. Which color family appeals to you the most? Let us know and we can give you some specific colors.

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  7. looking for inspiration for my front door. exterior walls are escape grey 6185 and trim color around windows is classical white 2829, those are approved HOA colors for our community. I like Poolhouse 7603, Jazz Age coral 0058, and peppercorn 7674. afraid coral is too bold and the others too dark, any other suggestions for a pop of color that would go well with grey and white?

    • Hi Karen, gray and white make for a timeless palette and a pop of color on the door will make your house look “young and fun”. Neither Poolhouse nor Peppercorn have enough “pop” to make them work. If Jazz Age Coral is too bold for you, consider using a pretty yellow like Butter Up SW 6681 or Cupola Yellow SW 7692 for a zippy pop to your home.

  8. we are painting our small house alpaca with pure white trim. i want a bold door but not too crazy. leaning toward teal, any suggestions? i like lazy dog but i also like splashy or loch blue…?

    • Hi Lisa, a teal door would look great. Stick with a teal on the blue side – the Splashy is too green. Take a look at Loch Blue SW 6502 or Teal Stencil SW 0018 or Peacock Plume SW 0020.

  9. Just bought a house with a ton of yellow pine cabinets what’s the best color blue to tone down the yellow

    • Hello there, any of these blues would look fantastic with the honey tones of yellow pine. Take a look at Niebla Azul SW 9137, Lakeside SW 9683 or Upward SW 6239.


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