Meghan Markle's porch has a 'simplistic elegance' with a rare 'evergreen appeal,' designers say

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex prioritize simplicity to make an expert-approved first impression in their Montecito home

Meghan Markle
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In the last week, American Riviera Orchard, Meghan Markle's new lifestyle brand, has emerged as one of the most talked-about launches of the year. As the world preoccupies itself with exactly what the Duchess's new brand involves, we find ourselves returning to the same footage of her Montecito abode – most specifically, her porch and entrance space.

In the short trailer, originally released on Instagram, Markle offers a glimpse of her home, starting with the farmhouse kitchen before moving to the expansive front porch area. In true California style, the space celebrates indoor/outdoor living with an uncomplicated, natural color palette and a wide door that opens to the stone porch area. 

The neutrals (specifically the white paint, black door frame, and stone exterior) allow the home's rustic architectural features to take center stage – but this decorating technique is just as powerful in smaller homes beyond the Golden State. 

'Porches painted in white and adorned with black doors have endured the test of time, becoming evergreen in their appeal,' comments designer Artem Kropovinsky. 

'Their charm lies in their simplistic elegance and versatility in styling. The white paint has a luminary effect, illuminating the porch, thereby creating an inviting aura. In contrast, the black door stands out, its appeal magnified by different types of hardware and accent pieces.' 

The benefits of a neutral color scheme need no long introduction, and their power (in every room) is rarely debated. However, no space showcases their beauty quite as well as our porches and entrance spaces – where making the right first impression counts.

'Combining a white-painted entrance area with a black door has several benefits, starting with its everlasting aesthetic. This classic combination is always in vogue, transcending fleeting design trends,' Kropovinsky comments. 

The Sussex's home boats' architectural assets may differ from our own, but we can still learn from their entryway color ideas. No matter the style of our home, we can still paint our entrance space white before creating a juxtaposition with the front door, much like the space below. 

modern organic entryway with console table and mirror

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Artem Kropovinsky
Artem Kropovinsky

Based in New York, Artem Kropovinsky boasts extensive global design experience spanning a decade. With a commitment to sustainability and authenticity, Artem, alongside his dedicated team, undertakes projects both in the US and internationally, earning recognition through prestigious design awards. Artem is the founder of Arsight, an esteemed global design firm known for its expertise in residential and commercial interior design.

'The interplay of white paint and a black door evokes an air of refinement and elegance,' Kropovinsky says. 'The white backdrop of the porch also opens the door to unlimited personalized styling possibilities.' 

As hinted, the Sussex' kept their styling to a minimum, with only a pendant lantern to note. However, this uncomplicated look pairs perfectly with their subtle design choices and, again, allows the home's architecture to do most of the talking. 

'Adequate lighting enhances the welcoming appeal of your porch. In your own home, options abound, from whimsical string lights and traditional lanterns to romantic candles,' Kropovinsky notes. We're starting with this Sussex-inspired piece, available via Wayfair below.

Megan Slack
Head of Celebrity Style News

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.