So this morning over on Young House Love (aka, best blog ever), John and Sherry posted photos of a reader’s home who was asking for advice on updating the curb appeal of her house. Sherry had some great input that you can read about here (check out the comments for other reader ideas too!), but since they opened it up for contributions, and I love Photoshopping home updates, I thought I’d get in on the fun myself. :)
Here is the original house. Wendy, the homeowner, said that the brick is an orangy color that is really tripping here up. Also, they can’t go too crazy with color or changes because of their HOA rules.
First off, I think the home is just dreamy! What great structure and presence! I do see though, how the cream siding/trim is making the orange really loud. So here is what me and my friend Photoshop came up with to update the house.
Because of their strict HOA, I kept the color scheme very neutral – gray, black and white, with just a pop of blue for fun on the door.
As for the changes, if I was in charge here (muahaha) I would definitely go pure white with the trim, then paint the siding a medium-dark warm gray to emphasize the trim work and balance out those black shutters on the left side of the house (my left as I’m looking at the photo, btw). Right now, they make that side really heavy, while the beautiful bay windows on the right almost disappear.
I would also use black as an accent all over the place! In the house numbers, porch lights, door hardware and trim, and even the soffit color. This would highlight the dental molding and add that bold contrast across the whole exterior, keeping your eye moving around instead of drawing attention to just one space. I’d also paint the front of the steps black rather than red. Highlighting the entry and the elevated porch would really give it a grand and grounded feeling, instead of letting it blend into the brick, which causes a sort of weird floating door effect.
Then I would paint the door robin-egg blue to compliment the orange hues in the brick, and add a softer blue to the porch ceiling as well. Orange and blue are complimentary colors, so placing them next to each other works well to tone down the harshness of the orange. See how that blue door with black trim instantly makes the black shutters look gorgeous and intentional too?
A few other changes I would make would be to line the sidewalk with brick to bring that warm color down to the base and ground the whole house. This would not only add to the grandness of the entrance, but, again, would de-emphasize the orangeness, because it keeps the house from looking like a sudden orange box sitting on top of a neutral landscape. I’d also add some large planters on the porch to break up the bare brick, and change out the brick-colored planting bed retainer with gray stone to balance the new gray siding on the right of the house, since there is no other gray on that left side. I’ve also added some modern details in the house numbers, new light fixtures, and planters. Wendy mentioned that they don’t particularly like too traditional a style, so I think a few small changes like that could add a lot of personality, without competing with the home’s style.
Some small changes, mostly just painting, and it would be so so beautiful!! What do you think? Do you like my updates, or would you do something different?