Post # 1
We are currently in escrow on our very first house. SUPER EXCITING!!! So obviously I’m already daydreaming about what we can do to improve it. While the inside doesn’t really need much work, (recently renovated), the outside is another story. The house seriously lacks curb apeal.
We want to paint it so it pops more and has more curb appeal but I’m stumped as to colors. See pictures below for current colors. I think the cream and moss green is so sad and swampy looking. The roof is a dark brown so my idea of doing gray with white trim is out. Any suggestions on paint colors?
My second issue is how boxy it look, (especially around the door alcove). We want to soften up the overall look. Any suggestions on how to soften up this sharp and boxy design?
Post # 3
I’d cut back those really tall bushes for starters. They look awkward.
Post # 4
I wish I had paid closer attention to the show Curb Appeal the other day. That looks alot like the house they were doing, and it looked so great when they were done with it.
I agree, I would start with the bushes.
Post # 5
@BoiledPNut:Agreed, I think they add to the ‘boxiness’ that OP mentioned.
I agree that the swampy green needs to go, maybe replace it with some deep burgandy or brown *disclaimer, I totally do not have a house, so I’ve got no idea if that’s ‘good’, but it sounds pretty and rich :-)*
Post # 6
Is there a way to make the entryway an arch?
Post # 7
@BoiledPNut: That is what I original thought oo, and arch would look awesome.
OP: I think painting the door and green trim would make a huge difference, painting our shutters made our house look 100% better. I agree to get rid of the greens in the front and add in some nice landscaping in the front and along the walkway.
Post # 8
Agree with the PPs on the bushes.
I would stick with ligher, more neutral colors for the exterior paint but do a bright pop of color on the door (maybe red or burgandy). It would also probably look nice to make the window panes a slightly different shade so they don’t fade into the house so much.
Planting some flowers on either side of the walkway right before you reach the porch (where there are bushes now) would also look really inviting.
Post # 9
Well,landscaping is expensive, so since you already have so many shrubs and bushes there, the first thing I’d do is start trimming back all of them so you can actually see the house. That may be all you’ll need to do for awhile and it will brighten things up immediately. Then you can take your time and drive around taking pictures of color combos you like on other houses before you jump right in to painting it.
Even adding some colorful flowers will make a big difference and that’s an inexpensive fix.
The boxy entry will not be a cheap proposition to change, and without some major reconstruction, the only thing I can think of to do would be to add some climbing vines you could train up from either side that would soften the angles.
This is a fun way to get some ideas too.
Post # 10
i would remove the tall hedges/cut them down and plant softer shrubs with some colour
Post # 11
i actually love how your house looks as is! 🙂
but maybe paint it to cream background and then a bright color (of your choice) trim and door would make it stand out… or like a red door and dark brown shutters. if you really want to go all the way, some darker shingles on the roof.
i even like the tall plants, lol.
Post # 12
Flowerbeds on either side of the walkway for sure. That will make a huge difference on its own.
I’d also do a mix of shorter, flowering or ornamental shrubs for beside the house (azaleas, small rhododendrons, daphnes, or japanese maple…maybe some boxwood on the corners and the sides of the house) and keep them trimmed in more globular or natural shapes so they don’t look boxy.
For me personally, I just cannot have a yard without trees, so I’d probably put in a couple of weeping birches or plum trees in the corners of the property. Or mulberry bushes, they have a really cool soft, cascading look. Pampas grass could work well too.
Post # 13
I would start with the big cylindrical hedges, cut those down to the same height as the other hedges for now. I would add a colorful hanging basket (maybe red petunias or impatiens clustered with a sweet potato vine) to the right of the entryway. Extend the planting bed by about 12″ and put in some low maintenance flowering perennials.
If you can afford it, I would plant 4 flowering trees like crepe myrtles or something similar, on the curb side of the lawn. Put edging at their bases in a circle, and fill with brown mulch.
Post # 14
Agree with pp’s, cut down the tall shrubs, at least to be lower until you can do a more permanent fix. But I think flowers along the front would look great. I also have a weird boxy entry way much like this one and haven’t really figured out how to make it more inviting….. but congrats on your house and I’m sure it will look fabulous when your done!
Post # 15
Decide what color you want your door and go from there. I wanted a red door (cherry bark was the name of the color – a darker red), so we went with a light creamish color – like a manilla folder with bright whie accents. We have a little bit of brick, so it goes nicely. I’d love some shutters too. Not sure about landscaping. I love easy care – rosebushes, bouganvilla, evergreens.
Post # 16
OMG ladies, thank you, thank you, thank you. I love all these suggestions. So helpull!
@BackyardLoveBird: very good advice regarding the door.
Both Darling Husband and I have always wanted a red door so I think that’s what’s going to happen. The more I look at it the more I think I’ll leave the bulk of the house cream but change the trim from green to a very light and crisp blue, (and add trim around the windows.). I think the red and blue would really pop from the contrast.
Sort of the inverse of this house
Maybe plant a red blooming plant to pick up the color of the door. What do you think ladies?