Porches hold a special place for me and I have to admit I wish I had more time to spend just sitting on my own! One aspect of porches that I always like to see are the railings. This is the part that is the dressing on the body of the structure.
There are also railings that have different features and designs such as below. In the Bahamas, we have a number of homes with railings similar in style to these and I believe it has to do with custom more than anything else. This style is a variation of the diagonal cross.
There are also iron rails and to be honest, they really aren’t my taste but as in most things it’s a matter of what you like and what the style of the area is. In the appropriate setting they are fine but I find them to be a bit cold and too industrial for the comforts of a nice porch.
No matter what style railing you choose it must work with the style of the porch and the environment that it is in. The photo below shows a tensioned stainless steel horizontal wire railing. In this setting blocking the wonderful view would be terrible but there still needs to be a way to ensure the safety of the people on the porch. Also by using stainless steel the likely hood is that the corrosive salt all around will be kept at bay- no pun intended.