One of my MANY projects on the to-do list around our home is to update our exterior. The back yard and patio definitely get the most action, but it’s a huge project. Since I’m a procrastinator, I like to do the easier ones first. In our case, this would be the front porch, front door and decorative shutters. Right now they are the opposite of decorative: fading, crumbling, and are adorned in a burgundy color that you will not find anywhere in our interior. It’s just not
us me. I have been playing with color palettes that are much more visually suiting to my personal tastes, and that play off of what you will find inside and throughout our interior living spaces– and I don’t mean the mess of legos or random coozies scattered across the kitchen counters. I want our curb appeal and exterior facade to be an extension, not false advertising. They just need to go together a bit better. There’s nothing like the disappointment of seeing a beautiful home; with fresh siding, crisp trim, great landscaping, updated accessories, only to walk in and find a dated space that could be right out of an episode of Hoarders. On the flip side, it’s an injustice and disservice to a well curated and bright, contemporary interior to hide behind a front elevation that hasn’t been tended to in over a decade and has no relevance to the style or people within it! We have a long way to go on our interior, but for conversation sake, we definitely fall in the latter category.
Before it gets un-Godly hot out in our parts, the goal is to complete the outer makeover this Spring! While I will definitely be on the hunt for new seating, light fixture, doormat and accessories, the major undertaking will be the door and shutters, as I already mentioned! So we need to choose a new accent color for those ASAP. Here’s a few photos of our “fake facade” as it stands now:
The beige stucco is definitely not my favorite, but painting the entire house isn’t in the cards. Plus, we have other priorities. I think we can work with it, and dilute the boringness with better landscaping, stone veneer, and perhaps a window box or two… although I have a brown thumb, so that might not be the best idea in theory… btw- WTF is that tree in the middle of our yard?? That’s all it does. It never grows and it only has leaves on it 4 months out of the year. I think it’s over-stayed it’s welcome. Bye, Felicia.
Our sad little glider bench that has sat there since Steve bought the home nearly 10 years ago. I tried to help it by refinishing the wood, and adding seasonal pillows, but there are so many great options out there that I don’t think it will make the final cut.
Another one bites the dust. Had to remove another dead plant from that pot we inherited. Time to find pottery in a better, bigger size and a plant that is suited for a shady outdoor shelter. The maroon/burgundy/red door just kills me. I’m just really not a red-shade fan when it comes to painted surfaces like walls, doors or larger accessories. Can’t lie. Can’t fake it anymore. I would also like to add an olive branch wreath just below the door lite.
Recently, I bit the bullet and ordered some planters from CB2. This is one of three. The other two, you can find here. I still want to play around with all of the configurations once I get the new seating in place! A couple Ikea lanterns we already had were moved to this corner for now. I like it, but still undecided. Surprise, Surprise.
Okay, so first thing’s first: let’s take a look at the color palette contenders! Inside, there are shades of blue and black that primarily accent our rooms & furnishings. BUUUT, I’m so inspired by muted greens lately, that I have to give them a second look.
These beige & blue palettes have been lingering on my Pinterest boards for awhile now. Seeing it a mediterranean form below assures me it could work with our architecture, which is SO important! You’ve got to work with what you’ve got.
(Above) …Thinking we could do the smokiest blue/gray on the shutters, even a darker tone on the door and accent the porch with pillows and a couple of accessories like a small table or pottery in the lighter shades. Everything to the right of the beeeeeigee is more of what you’d find inside our front door! Could be perfect.
Here’s me thinking out of my safe box. I’m drawn to that dusty green and blue, but I’d have to replace the dried-blood red with a dark charcoal or black!… and then throw caution to the wind and start picking up some dusty rose and copper to throw in the mix.
If I were playing it pretty safe, the Sherwin Williams Color Snap palette above matches very closely to our interior, and then of course the beige on the outside. It’s a little more on the sweet, country farmhouse side of things, which isn’t really the direction I want to head in (once other projects are completed) But still, the Oyster Bay is an interesting option if we go green!
This (above) is more my speed as far as breaking out of the farmhouse look and projecting a bit more “edge”, for lack of a better adjective, with tough-guy black and no B.S., bright white. I’m just not convinced of how it would translate to our exterior without looking plain black and brown. Haven’t given up on it yet, though!
This combo and it’s layout, obviously, really caught my attention. Textiles from Maison Standards, I love how they took simple tones like beige, white and gray, and made them look so “now” in these muted forms. I see a concrete gray, galvanized gunmetal, linen, dusty rose, creamy white and almost a worn-leather brown. In this case, we’d have to go with the darkest galvanized gunmetal as I dubbed it, on the shutters and probably the door, too. The other accents would be incorporated in cushion fabrics, pottery, and our concrete stool from HomeGoods would get to stay, too! Once you add some greenery by way of potted plants, it would really pull this quiet, yet strong color palette together 🙂
What are your thoughts? Any votes?