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Meaning of Decorative Stars Seen on Country Homes and Porches

One of our readers posed a question to us: "What is the meaning of decorative stars seen on country homes and porches?"

We shed some light on it for her.
We hope you enjoy the bits of history we found behind these metal barn stars - seen on barns, in farming communities, on country porches as well as modern homes.


Colorful metal barn star on Maya and David's porch adds a large dose of personality!
Courtesy of our friends, Maya and David


One of the most unique and beautiful stars that we have seen on a porch. Found at our dear friend's home.

Is there a special meaning behind these stars?



star on porch

Patriotic star on this front porch grouped with flag wall art




Asked by Kay of Mt. Rainier, Maryland

QUESTION: What is the meaning of decorative stars? I will be moving to a very rural area and have noticed many homes with decorative stars (brown or blue) on the wall of the porch or home.

The star is usually large and noticeable. It may be a six point star.


ANSWER: Thank you for writing us and visiting our website, Kay.

You ask a wonderful question about the meaning of the decorative stars often seen on homes and barns. They are commonly called "barn stars" since they are often seen gracing the fronts of barns. We did some research and here is what we found.

In most cases today, homeowners hang the decorative old-looking metal stars on their homes simply because they enjoy and like them. Usually they are 5-pointed and come in various sizes. Sometimes they are hung on the porch wall. Other times you see them hung near the gable, on the garage or on a barn.

The stars are very eye-catching - they add a touch of Americana and a country kind of feeling to one's porch. Usually they look old and distressed, although they are just made to look that way with an antique finish.

We've read that long ago these Americana stars may have been used originally to hide certain features on a building. Today you can see them on many homes and we believe mostly for curb appeal purposes.


star on porch

A star also decorates this home!




You can find these decorative metal barn stars (usually with 5 points) on homes all across the United States. It's common to see them in farming communities, but Dave and I have seen many of them on porches and homes even in the newer area where we live. We've seen them in small towns and larger towns – anywhere the homeowner wants to add a folksy appeal to their home.

They are sometimes known as primitive stars or Pennysylvania stars, too. Another place in which you might see stars as decorations is in Texas. The State of Texas is known as the "Lone Star State". Often times in western motif decorating, indoors and outdoors, they use the ornamental Lone Star.

Kay, thank you for asking this question. We hope you really enjoy your new home in the country. And if you decide to decorate your porch with one of these pretty stars, please send us a few pictures to share on our website.






decorative star on porch
We thank Maya and David for sharing this with us


A colorful metallic star like this is sure to engage your visitors and friends alike!



decorative star on Anna's craftsman style porch
We thank our sweet friend Anna for sharing with us


Anna hung this wonderful star on her Craftsman style porch. See our interview with Anna about her lovely Craftsman home.



decorative star on porch
Decorative star and outdoor wall art on porch in Maryville TN





More Decorative Stars Shared by Our Readers



Vintage style star on Karen's porch
Photo courtesy of Karen Pivonski Lewis
We like how Karen anchored her decorative star with the "antique" sign




Cindy decorated a vintage screen door with this pretty red star
Photo courtesy of Cindy Cherry
Cindy decorated her vintage screen door with this pretty red star.




stars on porch at Bonnie's house
Photo courtesy of Bonnie Claxton Horton
Stars adorn Bonnie's house




star on porch at Lori's house
Photo courtesy of Lori Norton Lawson
Attractive barn star between Lori's windows on her porch




Barn star on porch at Lori's house at nighttime - beautiful
Photo courtesy of Lori Norton Lawson
Beautiful nighttime picture of Lori's porch with the star. Lovely!




Judy's springtime porch - see the decorative star above her porch swing
Photo courtesy of Judy Scalf

Judy hung a decorative star above her porch swing. We like her country porch.




Maryanne's porch has a decorative star next to the front door
Photo courtesy of Maryanne Scoleri Haftl

Maryanne has a decorative star next to her front door on her inviting porch.




Nancy's back porch is beautifully decorated with stars
Photo courtesy of Nancy Carter

Nancy's wonderful back porch has a collection of stars decorating the wall. Do you see the "Home Sweet Porch" sign?




Maryanne's porch has a decorative star and an angel
Photo courtesy of Maryanne Scoleri Haftl


She said this angel used to have hair but the birds took it away. We still think she is pretty.



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