Can someone help me out here I am looking for ways to improve the curb
appeal of my house. The biggest problem I see is with the Front Door. I
would like to replace it with something of either Oak or Mahogany but I am
not sure if that will tie in well with the Brick. Any suggestions would be
greatly appreciated. You can see a picture of it at :
<< The biggest problem I see is with the Front Door. I
would like to replace it with something of either Oak or Mahogany >>
Why not use one of the new faux finishes on your present door? Much cheaper
than then replacing the door, and the systems are fun to use. Gives you more
options for a final choice later. HTH
No offense, but too much black. Black is a depressing color and might* turn
some people off. White/grey shutters and a mahogany door would look better
*Note: Some people are attracted black. A lot of high end status symbol
products are black because the people they are selling to prefer that
color. This is the $200 plus bottle of perfume and other products with an
excessive price. Also some top CEO types will say black is their favorite
color. So if you are selling the house and want to attract those type of
buyers, then keep the black. If you are selling the house and it is not
selling after 6 months, then try switching to white/grey.
Also note that many men's products (tools) are red and many women's
products are light blue. Colors on packages are specifically selected for
the market the product is being sold to...
(or search for color psychology)
"Mike Bittel" wrote in message
I agree with some of the other posters, the black makes it look a bit
forbidding. Do you have photo editing software on your computer? You
might want to take the picture you have and play with the colors on
the shutters and the door. After you've opened the pic in the photo
editing software, "paint" the shutters to match the roof (looks gray
on my monitor), and perhaps go a shade or two lighter. Would be
better if it was a warm gray rather than a cold gray because your
brickwork looks like it has warm tones. Once you have a color that
looks good to you, "paint" it on the door too and see if you like it.
Or you could "paint" the sidelights to match the shutters, and "paint"
the door to match the dominant color of the brickwork. Those are just
some ideas to get you started.
If you are good at photo editing, try "removing" the shutters from a
window or two and see how the house would look without them.
I would also do something about the landscaping, if that's under your
control (i.e. not a condo or shared grounds). The yews are nice but
you need some variety; some plantings with other heights, colors and
textures to soften things up a bit. The bush in front of the window
on the left side of the door should be trimmed so it's below the sill.
(Wow, am I bossy!). While you are at it, get a couple of those
lightweight urns at a garden center, put one on each side of the door,
and fill 'em up with flowering plants and a few trailing vines.
I am not an expert! Just a homeowner like yourself.
Need a shot from the other angle, but you desperately need some color. The
door is a small part. Lighten the color and add a door with an oval etched
glass centerpiece? Change the shutter color to match the door. If it were
my house, I would pull the three round shrubs blocking the walk and add
color there as well, wrap out any type of planting bed there and wave around
to the front. Maybe dump or relocate the tree as well. Got some cash? Add
an overhang structure over the door and front stoop. Tons of cash? Add a
whole new house length covered front porch! Do you watch HGTV?
(Show Curb Appeal)
You have a nice looking house and landscaping, but the door and
sidelights are really odd looking. The colonial trim is neat. I would
put either double doors, in white, that match the colonial style. A
couple of planters on the corners of the stoop could add color.
Just painting the door and side thingys white might do it - the present
black/white chops them up into too many pieces. Some bright brass
hardware and knocker might look nice and fit with the colonial style.
What color is the garage door?
I agree. Use a software program that you can get from one of the paint
stores, or just use Photoshop. Try changing the front door color or
adding some contrasting hardware. I'd also play with the sidelights.
Their white/black details really don't work. Changing them somehow or
replacing them entirely, perhaps with patterned glass might work well.
You might also consider changing the white trim that surrounds the door
to another color, perhaps a green. As it is, the contrast between the
white and the rest is a bit too strong.
And I agree that the front walk is obstructed (at least from this view).
A visible front walk will make the entrance more inviting. I'd remove
the three round bushes that hide the walk and plant flowers or short
Regardless, it's a fine looking house.
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