Top Front Porch Lighting Ideas

A simple decor piece that creates a safe, welcoming, and visually-inspired front porch, outdoor lighting ensures your space is properly lit and well-accented all season long.

Step Lights Lead the Way

If your home is situated in a way where the entryway is some distance from the driveway or street via a set of stairs, step lighting adds an additional touch of brightness to provide a well-lit path for visitors for easy entering and exiting during a summertime soiree or festive fall fete. Available in a wide array of shapes, sizes, and finishes, select an option that meshes well with the color of your steps or outdoor decor to effortlessly blend in while providing ample accent lighting.  

Overhead Lighting

If room is limited on either side of your door, installing a flush mount overhead provides ample light to your front door as well as the rest of your porch. The flush mount pictured above is simple, sleek, and powered by LED technology for a powerful glow and energy-efficient capabilities. Pair with outdoor lanterns or simple path lights to create an inviting entrance that is well-defined and super chic.

Outdoor Pendants

Another option for a ceiling-mounted design is a pendant designed for the outdoors. For those front porch spaces with high-enough ceilings, a pendant is a great option that brings a welcomed touch of brightness and effortless style that can easily be matched to your interior or exterior design scheme. For the best experience, hang the pendant no lower than 7 feet to ensure an entryway that is obstacle-free when guests walk underneath.

Flank the Front Door

A classic display of symmetry, installing a sconce on either side of your front door is both pleasing to the eye and effective in creating a welcoming display. Opt for a design that meshes with your design aesthetic as well as the color scheme of your home for a cohesive design that creates intrigue and visual appeal. For the best look from any direction, ensure your sconce is at least a quarter the length of your front door and is installed around 6 feet high to ensure a properly lit front porch space.

Illuminate Door Numbers

Helpful for friends, family, and even the postman, hanging a sconce strategically to illuminate your wall-mounted address with downward, diffused, LED-lighting ensures it can clearly be seen by all – and that you’ll never miss out on a delivery, whether its pizza or Prada.

A Classic Silhouette is Always in Style

A classic silhouette that brings traditional style to your home will never be out of fashion. A contemporary update to the candle lanterns of the past, outdoor wall mounts with clear glass and vintage-style bulbs work well with a wide variety of home designs. Use one to make a statement in your front entryway, two to flank either side of your doorway for a balanced look, or multiple on different walls for a cohesive design that properly directs friends and family to your door.

Sconces for Gated Entryways

No matter what your entrance looks like, having it be well-lit is a must. For gated entrances like the one above, having multiple sconces strategically placed, ensures a defined entry and increased ease of navigation when visitors are making their way to your front door.

Simple and Sophisticated

A good rule of thumb to remember is that your wall sconce should always be hung at six feet and be proportioned properly for your door. Opt for a double sconce design on either side that is at least one quarter the height of your door, or go oversized with a single sconce, like the option above, for a balanced and inviting front porch that doesn’t disappoint. Accent with simple decor like a concrete planter or sculptural statue for a high-impact look that makes a statement.

Construct a Seaside Oasis

Accent your front entryway with some portable, outdoor floor lamps to build an inviting aesthetic that creates the feeling you’re arriving at your very own seaside oasis. Coordinate with your outdoor lighting scheme for a cohesive look, or go for a more stand-out design like the Illuminated Wing Lamp from the masters of outdoor design, Vondom, that's brimming with distinct, yet complementary style.

Geometric Accents

Consider some dynamic shapes when selecting outdoor lighting design to add visual intrigue and unexpected style to your sleek and chic front porch design. While squares and rectangles may be more traditional, the wow-factor from more angular shapes such as hexagons or octagons makes for an impressive entryway brimming with geometric allure.

Bring the Indoors Out

With outdoor spaces often seen as an extension of your indoor aesthetic, your front porch is no exception. A woven, weather-ready lamp shade brings brightness and textural lighting design to front door areas. Thanks to its wet-rated fabrication process this beautiful design will add an unexpected touch to your front porch space while being able to stand up to the unexpected outdoor elements for years to come.

Make a Statement Overhead

With exceptional homes, conventional front porch lighting just won’t cut it. Select a statement-making design to wow guests and make your mark. The stylish and eye-catching chandelier pictured above is outdoor-ready and designed to bring a sparkling touch to high-end, and high-ceiling entryways. No space for a chandelier? A striking wall light such as the Meridiano Outdoor Wall Sconce provides an accented touch through its striated design that produces a magical, luminous effect.

Illuminate Long Walls

For homes where the entryway is preceded by a long wall along a walkway, utilizing multiple sconces in a row to fill the space with light and add a dynamic touch to your exterior not only makes it easier for guests to enter your home, but adds to your overall lighting aesthetic when paired with pathway lighting, step lights, and overhead designs to create the complete package of a welcoming front porch design.

Cool Down with an LED Ceiling Fan

For steamy summer days when a light breeze just won't cut it, installing a ceiling fan outfitted with energy-efficient LED technology helps to pull double duty as a front porch lighting design and welcoming source of air. Station above a front porch seating group or along the expanse of your front porch to ensure every inch stays cool and well-lit while you enjoy time well-spent outdoors with family and friends.