Post # 1
Darling Husband and I are about to close on our first home. (Yay!) I love the classic White House with black shutters, but I want to add something to make it feel more welcoming. I was thinking of brightening up the door and adding window boxes. I would also plant more colorful shrubs.
What color door and window boxes would you go with?? I love a bright cherry door but have recently seen some houses with teal and yellow accents and like that look too. Painting the house isn’t in the budget right now so changing the white is not an option.
Would love to hear your suggestions/photos!!
Post # 3
You can do a lot with annuals. Plant a bunch of petunias in big pots.
I would skip the window boxes, those are a beaner and they are a lot of maintain. If I were you, I’d be saving my pennies and hopefully someday you can build a porch onto that house.
Post # 4
I like the door color as is, so I think if you just did some basic landscaping and added some height ,texture and color in the beds, you’d be pretty happy.
I’d play off the red, and fill some pots on either side of the door with spike, ivy and bright red flowers in elevated pots. I’d do the same color scheme in the gardens to add to the curb appeal.
Window boxes are nice to have, but they are a lot of maintenance. If you don’t think you’d mind it,tho, I’d have them just match the house (white), since none, if any, of the actual boxes will show once planted.
Your house is my house when we first moved in. We painted our door a custom burgundy color, replaced the side lanterns with some much bigger and got large cement pots for the sides of the door. When we painted, we went to a more neutral color, and did the shutters in the same color, but 10 shades darker. I left the door color, but glazed over it in a copper color.
Post # 5
@monet11: you have a lovely house. my first thought was “it looks a bit nude”. it needs landscaping in the front. different colours, textures, heights, etc.
i am not sure what your future plans are but i think a long veranda or covered porch would be amazing and really add to the outside living space. this project of course would be quite costly.
i would definitely do the landscaping.
Post # 6
If I were you, I would paint the recessed part inside the door and the trim around the windows a different color, either a slightly darker/greyer white or a more noticeable contrast color like these:
And I agree with PP’s, some taller landscaping would go a long way.
Post # 7
@wandering_gypsy: I love that suggestion! The top photo looks great with that greyish trim.
Post # 8
@ItWasntMe: thanks for the great suggestions! I think changing the light fixtures is a simply yet impactful change!
Post # 9
I agree that a little landscaping will go far. This year, we added some flowers around the trees in our front yard, and around the mailbox (basically, dirt + plants, and then edged with bricks). We also have honeysucks shrubs that go up our front walk way. Not sure how much others like it, but I feel that adding something on your front door is more “homey” – maybe it reminds me of how my mom decorates? We have a few standard things we decorate our front door with (some wreaths, and then some corn for fall). Maybe a birdhouse? Of course, I’m biased, but I think adding a pug and/or Boston Terrier make any house a little warmer!
Post # 10
@MsLobizon: I love homes that decorate for the seasons! I agree, a wreath will definitely make the door more welcoming. Also plan on getting some path lights to illuminate the front a bit more at night as well. Honey suckles are so pretty! Are they easy to maintain?
Post # 11
@monet11: Now that you said it, I remember we do have some lights that go along our driveway to light it at night (and then a bunch more in our back yard – we have stairs that we built that go down this small hill to where our garden is). I like the lights a lot! A friend of mine has them along the shrubs in her front yard. The honeysuckle has been here for years, so not sure if it’s so determined b/c of that, but it’s easy to maintain. We do almost nothing. The most we do is trim it back b/c it just grows and grows! We have a “flower bed” to the side of our door (it’s probably 10 feet long, three wide?) but it has mostly herbs in it. I love it when I’m cooking and need basil, oregano, etc.