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The front porch is the entrance to the home. The spot where you get to make a statement and a first impression to the world passing by your door. If modern is the look you’re after, then you have come to the right place. It’s not hard to add a modern vibe to your home; all you need is a little bit of creativity and some inspiration.

In this article, we have compiled some of our favorite modern front porches and provided some helpful tips to get you off to the right start. To create a modern front porch, you don’t have to have an overly modern home. These ideas will help you bring a modern front porch to life and inspire you to do something different with the front of your home.

Stunning white brick cottage home with soft gray French front doors, vintage wood shutters and a covered porch with decorative plants.
Photo Credit: Grand Tradition Homes

Lighting Ideas

When it comes to the front porch, lighting is critical. You don’t want to overlook this vital part of the decor. If you want to add a modern vibe to your porch, your lighting must reflect that. You also don’t need to back yourself into the “standard outdoor light fixture corner” either. Outdoor lighting has come a long way in the last decade, and if you have a covered porch, you can really play up the lighting game.

An olive green front door accents a white home fitted with white siding and a Moravian star pendant hung from a white plank covered porch ceiling in front of a white rope swing.
Photo Credit: Rehkamp Larson
Suzanne Kasler Morris Lantern fitted above a black front door in a covered porch with a black border doormat and styled potted plants. The frosted glass lantern features a geometric shape with brass trim for a stylish, up to date look.
Photo Credit:  Alice Lane Interior Design

A stunning chandelier hanging in the middle of your front porch makes an elegant modern display. Keep your light fixtures modern and trendy — this will set the whole tone for your front porch.

large white house exterior with shrubs and greenery
Photo Credit: Nest Design

Gold and black look great together and really play into a modern feel and look.

Brass carriage sconces flank a black Dutch geometric door at a front door with red brick pavers on porch surface.
Photo Credit: Massucco Warner

Front Doors

The front door is the entrance to the home. The first impression is where you get to make your point, so when it comes to your front door, don’t waste any opportunity to make it a stunning modern display of yourself. Everything from bright colors to moody blacks, virtually nothing is off limits when it comes to a modern front porch.

Mediterranean style home with white stucco features black double front doors with stylish black and white porch tiles and gray cement boulder accents. Black beams accent the white stucco completing an updated and trendy porch design.
Photo Credit: Water Leaf Interiors

A boho pop of mustard on this front door blends in with the cedar shakes but keeps everything modern and streamlined.

mustard front door on cedar shake sided house with rock path
Photo Credit: Robert McKinley
Cottage home with a white brick exterior, an arched entryway and a wood door accented by white rippled planters atop red brick floors. A carriage lantern lights the entryway over the arched entryway onto a porch that includes gray Adirondack chairs, a gray slatted outdoor table, and orange accent pillows.
Photo Credit: Willow Homes

Contrasting Colors

Nothing says modern like a set of contrasting colors. If you really want to make a modern splash, try painting your door a color that contrasts against your siding or brick. Not only will your front door stand out, but it will become visual eye-candy for those passing by.

blue siding house front with pink door front porch with furniture
Photo Credit: Martha O’Hara Interiors

Open it Up

Make your space clean and visually appealing. Modern and minimalistic is the feeling here on this porch. A laid back and trendy vibe complete this modern front porch.

black siding house with open doors and bike on front porch
Photo Credit: Raili Ca Design

Modern Concrete Tile

Make a statement with modern concrete tile, and if a new concrete tile is not in the budget, you can always paint and stencil your existing concrete in a fun and bold pattern. Also, can we just take a moment to stare at those front doors!? Absolute beauties! 

Everything about this front porch screams modern — from the tile work to the planters and right down to the front door.

mint green doors on a modern front porch tile black and white with pin stripe awning
Photo Credit: Maestri Studio
A gorgeous long green plank covered patio is accented with green and aqua blue mosaic floor tiles fitted under light gray teak chairs topped with white and gray pillows. The chairs are placed beneath a white framed windows with a green trim and positioned facing a lap pool.
Photo Credit: Urban Grace


Furniture choice is vital when creating a modern front porch. Choose furniture that has clean, simple lines. If you want an ultra-modern porch, stick with white and black outdoor patio furniture, this is the most straightforward way to achieve a modern front porch.

styled covered porch boasts hand blown glass lanterns hung over Restoration Hardware Aegean Teak Chairs placed beside gray planters and in front of sliding glass doors framed by white siding
Photo Credit: Rita Chan Interiors

Be sure to pair your modern front porch furniture with complementary lighting. The clear glass orb hanging pendants on this front porch add nicely to the aura without taking over the space.

Relaxing and inviting porch design featuring a hanging rope sofa with white accent pillows and a set of white rocking chairs. Teak floor planks bring a farmhouse finish as well as a contrast to the white finishings.
Photo Credit: Bria Hammel Interiors

This furniture below has a modern Scandinavian feel and keeps this front porch light and airy.

Covered porch features white painted floors, a wicker hanging sofa and gray wicker wingback rockers.
Photo Credit: Cortney Bishop

Symmetry is Key

A perfectly symmetrical front porch is modern and elegant. Creating a beautiful balanced display with lighting, this modern front porch might just be our favorite.

white 2-story home boasts a covered porch lit by oil rubbed bronze carriage lanterns hung in front of black doors fitted with glass panels and framed by white siding. Beneath the porch, a covered balcony is also lit by carriage lanterns mounted in front of glass paneled French doors.
Photo Credit: Brooke Wagner Design

Simple and symmetrical is a great way to master a classic modern look.

Light gray home siding featuring doric front porch column, a black front door and red brick pavers. Lush green landscape provides the perfect curb appeal to this gray two story home.
Photo Credit: Nest Design

Front Porch Dining

Dining sets aren’t just for the backyard anymore! In fact, placing a modern dining set on a large front porch is becoming increasingly popular. If you have a large front porch, why not use it!?

Beneath a covered porch, a gray wash dining table is surrounded by wicker dining chairs.
Photo Credit: Amy Berry Design
Ceiling fans mounted to a white plank ceiling with skylights cool a covered patio boasting a round teak dining table surrounded by brown teak chairs placed on red brick herringbone pavers.
Photo Credit: Collins Interiors

Modern Planters

If going modern, you want to make sure that the plants also speak to your modern vibe. Opt for large planters with tropicals or even moody colors. Large succulents are also a great idea if you live in a warmer climate. Stay away from planters that have more ornate designs, as this will distract from a sleek modern look.

Modern black planters sit on a covered porch complementing a white home exterior contrasted with a glass paneled black front door flanked by iron carriage lanterns.
Photo Credit: Timber Trails Development
Concrete pavers lead through grass to a white cottage home accented with light blue shutters and boasting a covered porch with a white wooden railing.
Photo Credit: Pineapple Palms
Beautiful home entryway with portico framing transom windows over glass paned sidelights either side of the black front door which is illuminated by a carriage house lantern. Carriage house lantern sconces flank the entryway over the tan shingled exterior alongside driftwood colored planters containing clipped boxwoods over a flagstone porch.
Photo Credit: Thornton Designs
Black planters potted with blue hydrangeas flanking a black front door displaying light gray shingles and round windows surrounding lush greenery.
Photo Credit: Olly and Em

Related: 18 Outdoor Planter Ideas for Porches and Front Yards

Modern Comfort

Modern doesn’t have to mean uncomfortable. By keeping your front porch simple and cozy, you can achieve a modern look and have some comfort at the same time. A row of all-white rockers is a great example.

Wraparound porch furnished with white rocking chairs and black buffalo check pillows. A blue porch ceiling, woven accent tables, and potted plants deliver a charming design adding to the homes curb appeal.
Photo Credit: Bria Hammel Interiors

An elegant modern porch swing is also a cozy touch that you can add to your front porch as well. Do some looking around and find a comfy porch swing that will fit your modern look. There are so many different styles out there.

Gorgeous cottage porch features a gray wash porch swing sofa hanging by ropes from a white beadboard ceiling and topped with a light gray cushion and white border gray white border pillows accented by a matching accent chair sat beside a white rope stool lit by a antiqued brass lantern hanging over a composite porch board floor.
Photo Credit: Leah G Bailey

Keep it Simple

If you want to pull off a modern look easily, the best thing to do is keep it simple. Modern and sleek is the way to go, and you can quickly achieve this with simple lines and clean decor.

Craftsman style bungalow with vertical house numbers brings a modern touch to the porch along with a wood rocking chair.
Photo Credit: Rosa Beltran Design

Don’t Forget the Ceiling

Adding a finished touch to the ceiling on a covered porch is a new and modern element, but it totally completes the space. Just because your front porch is outside doesn’t mean it doesn’t need a lovely ceiling.

Concrete steps walk up to a covered porch while gravel surrounds the pathway along with plants, flowers, and accent stones. The landscape design is a mix of grass, gravel, stone and garden appeal.
Photo Credit: Trickle Creek Homes

Dark and Moody

There’s no written rule that states that front porches have to be bright and colorful, so if it’s a modern porch you’re after, try something dark and moody — it might just set a tone that you love!

Kelly Wearstler Channels fabric on pillows on a gray outdoor black wooden porch swing designed with a black oval coffee table and black accent chairs on slate pavers.
Photo Credit: Amy Storm and Company
Modern one story farmohouse boasts a gray stone exterior and a plank front door flanked by sidelights.
Photo Credit: Amber Interiors
Stunning home features a gray stone exterior accented with glass and iron windows with modern Juliet balconies.
Photo Credit: D Magazine

Paint it Black

Nothing says modern like black trim, and while we hope that black trim windows and doors are not a passing fade, we hope it will stick around for some time yet to come. We love the black trim look; nothing is more modern and sleek than it!

White and black home exterior design with semi-covered porch and black door and window moldings. Contemporary porch with outdoor fire pit and white outdoor chairs paired with Trina Turk Super Paradise Print Driftwood Pillows.
Photo Credit: K Mathiesen Brown Design
Modern craftsman style home exterior boasts a white finish with black framed windows and exposed wood in an attic deck. A covered entry is steps away from a glass door surrounding windows fitted with black trim. Turquoise blue metal chaise loungers are added to a small front courtyard contrasting the black and white multi-level home.
Photo Credit: Trickle Creek Homes
Stunning cream brick home is accented with gray roof shingles, a gorgeous bay window, a black front door, and balustrade rails on both the front porch and the second floor balcony.
Photo Credit: Ramage Company

Related: 20 Modern Black Exterior House Ideas

Go For a Dutch Door

Dutch doors aren’t commonly considered for a front entrance, but we can’t deny that they look so pretty and modern in the below styles and varieties. When you think of a Dutch door, you typically think of something country and rustic, but this door style can be modern with the right coat of paint and finish.

A stunning white home is accented with a neon yellow Dutch front door finished with a modern door knob.
Photo Credit: Cameron Design
Beautiful cottage features mint green front door alongside steps painted to match.
Photo Credit: Jenny Wolf Interiors
A rattan swing sofa hangs from over slate pavers from a covered patio lit by an iron lantern positioned in front of a light gray dutch door.
Photo Credit: Brooke Wagner Design
Modern beach house with a black dutch door and tall black planters illuminated by a black caged lantern light.
Photo Credit: Patterson Custom Homes

Modern House Numbers

If you want to make your front porch more modern, a quick and easy fix is your house number. Switching outdated house numbers for a new, modern, contemporary design can make such a huge impact and is so easy to do.

Cottage home features a turquoise blue front door with glass panels and gray siding completed with modern black house numbers. A gray teak deck keeps a neutral surface with wood and wire railing.
Photo Credit: Kristina Crestin Design
Layered door mats sit on slate pavers lit by a carriage lantern and in front of black double front doors flanking by oil rubbed bronze carriage sconces fixed to white siding.
Photo Credit: Roost Interiors
A slate pathway leads to a welcoming cottage home accented with modern house numbers and cottage gutters lit by an oil rubbed bronze and glass lantern.
Photo Credit: Establish Design
Gorgeous home features a white painted brick exterior accented with balconies over steel framed doors located on the first floor.
Photo Credit: Coats Home

When it comes to making a modern front porch, you should really start with your door. The front door’s color will set the whole tone for your front porch. Here are some quick do’s and don’t’s for choosing a color for your front door.

Related: The Top Trends in Front Doors

Do’s Don’t’s
  • Stick with the Classics
    Use a neutral hue such as brown, black, or gray for a look that will withstand the test of time. Even deep reds and navy blues are classic front door colors that act as neutrals. If your style changes or you alter your home’s exterior later, neutral hues will adapt with you.
  • Be Afraid of Color
    Some people are nervous about using bold and bright colors for their doors, but why not experiment? A yellow or lime green makes a bold statement on your front door. If brights are too daunting, try a dark version of a color, such as dark green, burgundy, or wine red.
  • Purchase the Right Paint
    It’s essential to use the proper paint to prevent peeling and fading since your door will be exposed to outside elements. Latex exterior paints provide weather-resistant coverage. If your door is metal, look for one with built-in rust protection.
  • Neglect Your Screen Door
    If your front door features a storm door or screen door, you can paint its frame a contrasting hue for another punch of color.
  • Make it Monochrome
    If you have a smaller house, this tip is for you. Visually expand your home by painting the door, trim, window frames, and exterior the same color. A monochromatic color scheme also provides a neutral backdrop for accessories to stand out, such as the planters and sconces.


  • Ignore the Trim
    Your front door trim is also ideal for painting. White is classic, but another option is to make the door pop with contrasting trim. Rich brown tones, for example, can warm up a cool-colored door. Dark trim stops a white or neutral door from fading into the surrounding color of a house.

Frequently Asked QuestionsFAQ

How can I make my front porch look modern yet also expensive?

Try using a darker hue with contrasting colors to make your front porch look expensive. This will also give your house an air of luxury without breaking the bank. Place tall planters on each side of the front door, using a nice contrasting color for the pots.

What is the best modern flooring for a porch?

If you want your porch to have a modern vibe, the floor needs to be modern and trendy right now; masonry floors of brick, stone, or tile are all popular choices. They’re water-resistant, but it’s essential to know that the weight of these materials can require additional support when used for elevated porches. Poured or stamped concrete is another option.

Can I use indoor lighting on my front porch?

While there are so many beautiful interior lights on the market, you may be tempted to use a stunning chandelier or pendant on your front porch, but you should not use an indoor light fixture outdoors in wet locations. They aren’t sealed against moisture and will stop working during the first heavy rain. Moreover, they aren’t corrosion resistant and could become an electrocution hazard if the parts that cover the electrical connections deteriorate.

Don’t despair, though — exterior lighting has come a long way, and there are so many beautiful options for exterior lighting now.

Related: 40 Best Landscape Lighting Ideas

What is a fun way to add character while staying modern?

If you want to add some fun character and keep with the modern look, play up your accessories like light fixtures. You can also add in personalization to your porch with modern decor signs and family name signs. Stick with a monochromatic look, which will help you maintain a modern look.

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