Porch railings are an important visual element in the style of any home. On many houses, the front porch is visible from the street and an artistic railing design makes a positive first impression. Some homes feature an expansive back porch that may have a nice view of the mountains or a serene river. A country manor may feature a wrap-around porch that goes for the perimeter of the building. Regardless of the porch location, the impact a porch has on visitors to the home is undeniable. A beautifully designed porch architecture with columns, entablature and baulstrade in proper proportions will result in a strongly visually appealing design.
Before starting a project a comprehensive design should be completed. More work on design means less work in the field, or as my father told me, “Work with your brain or work with your back.” It’s important to start the design process with an idea of where you want to end up. With that in mind, here are 5 porch decorating questions to ask yourself:
- What is the Architectural Style?
- What Porch Railing Design do I prefer?
- What type of Finish Material for deck and trim?
- Should I Paint or Stain the exterior?
- What is the Decorating Theme for the porch?
Here is an example of the above process. Let’s say I have a house in the California mountains of Lake Tahoe and I have a grand lodge featuring plenty of wood in the floors, ceilings, trim and decorating elements. This defines the home’s architectural style. The best porch railing design for this home is Mountain Laurel Handrail, a natural complement to rustic decor. If the deck is a special species of wood, like cedar or ironwood, this should be reflected in your decorating elements. Staining wood really brings out the natural beauty and grain as opposed to paint which is a coating. Choosing a decorating theme will depend on many factors like your life experiences. Maybe you were a hunter and want to display some big game. Or maybe you have a love of fine art and want to display works by crafters. Adding decor elements like porch furniture is also important.
Once you have a general plan, get started on your design. Working with a design professional is always the best way to achieve the results that you envision as this person is trained and educated to guide you on your decision making process. If you decide to go it alone, you can still get great results by taking your time and paying attention to detail, like Mountain Laurel Handrails for your porch railing.