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First though, my disclaimer: While I can recommend ideas that I think look nice, I have never seen this house in real life and don’t have accurate measurements. I am also not an architect or landscaper and do not know the planting recommendations for your area- I just like to make things look nice. I can’t guarantee that any of the items I put in my ‘virtual’ design will actually work in real life (or that they’ll fit your design style for that matter), and this is not intended to be a professional design consultation. So think of this as a just-for-fun rendering that hopefully gets your wheels turning and provides some inspiration!
On to the fun!
READER QUESTION from Rachel — I would love some suggestions for curb appeal on our house. We bought it last summer and haven’t touched the outside yet. I don’t know where to start!
This home has a beautiful colonial style to it, so I wanted to play that up by focusing on the symmetry of the house.
Inspiring Two Story Curb Appeal
First though, I gathered some inspiration photos to get my wheels turning:
Sufficiently inspired, I got down to work. Here’s what I came up with to give this home exterior a dramatic makeover:
It doesn’t even look like the same house, right?? But I swear it is, and the updates I made don’t even involve any structural remodels. Here’s what I did:
Adding Curb Appeal to a Two Story Home
The dark porch was the main offender in my eyes. Those skinny, all-brick columns were giving the whole house a dated look that wasn’t my favorite. To remedy this, I would beef up the porch columns, making the bottom portion a more substantial size, but using the same brick color. For the top, a clean white pillar instantly updates the porch. Add in a pretty white porch railing, and the house is already more inviting.
With the addition of white columns, the dark windows and gutters were really standing out. Updating these to a more traditional white, with a classic double hung style for the windows, really emphasizes the colonial bones of the house and brightens everything up.
From there, I stuck with the classic color palette and updated the shutters to black, while removing the oversized shutters around the front door for a cleaner look. A fresh coat of paint for the main house in a creamy neutral, a new black door with fresh white molding, and some large eye-catching porch lights brings the color scheme together.
The final touch was a new, shaker style roof to add a bit of natural tone back into the design. I followed that up by incorporating a variety of plants in primarily symmetrical plantings, and the house was complete.
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So what do you think? What would you do if this were your home?
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