Exteriors - Layering Tricks

As with interiors, the outside of your home needs layers to make it interesting and welcoming from the street.  Here are some things to think about to add some fabulous layering to the outside of your home.  
The front door is such and important focal point to your home.  Make the most of it with doors that compliment the style of your home.

  Can't figure out what style door will look best?  Start by evaluating the style of your home.  This is a great website to help you figure it out - House Styles Index


Think of your door hardware as the first opportunity to let your personal style and taste shine.  This is one of the easiest things to change and with huge results.




To shutter or not to shutter that is the question . . .
I love the looks of shutters.  I think they are such a pretty layer.

But this is gorgeous too!
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Also known as "shutter dogs" these add a bit of jewelry to the shutters.  They also turn a so so shutter into something that looks expensive and important. 


There are so many materials to choose from with railings, an the styles are endless.



Not only is this an easy fix, it is one of the least expensive ways to update your curb appeal.  In fact they are so affordable, you can switch them out seasonally. 


I also love the look of vines softening the entryway of a home.

Now is the perfect time of year to sit down and really think about your curb appeal (with a hot cup of chocolate).  Make a plan using these simple ideas.  Once the weather warms up, you'll be ready to make the changes!  M.

10 comments:

  1. Wonderful images! I'm bored with my front porch, so this post is perfect for me -- thanks!

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  2. Never really thought about all the layers but you are right! I can't really do too much with the outside on our rental but I can't wait to spruce up with some pots in the spring. Have a great week!

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  3. WOW! You really NAILED it with this post! Everything from doors to railing to the patina on the knob...LOVE this!!
    Stacy

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  4. Your post comes at the perfect time for me as we'll be moving our reno outside in the next couple of months. New paint, door hardware, railing, outside lighting, and whether to use the shutters we found in the basement are all decisions we're going to have to make!

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  5. So many great ideas. Love all the shutters. I need to work on my front porch. I think these images inspired me...

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  6. Some great ideas here for sprucing up your facade. Beautiful examples!

    Regarding the question you posed on my blog....I don't think local publications care too much about images being published out in the blog world first. I've had projects published in local magazines after putting them out there myself, even after having them out on other more popular blogs. I'm not sure about the national magazines, some don't consider blogs their competition so much, but I imagine all would want new material. National publications will not use your photos no matter how good you think they are or who photographed them. They hire their own photographers, stylists, etc. and own the rights to those images. I have submitted projects and waited and waited to have something published. It sometimes takes FOREVER to hear and then for them to be published. I'm a little impatient and lately have just been putting my stuff out there as I please. After seeing Brooke Gianetti's beach house published in Veranda after it had been out on her blog and on others, I'm not really worried about it anymore. That's me though. E-mail the editor of the local pub you're interested in with an image or two and just see what they say about it. It won't hurt! Good luck and keep us posted!

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  7. Great post! A front door can say so much about the home they are intering. Last year I painted our front door high gloss black and added an old brass lion knocker! Makes me smile every time I come home.

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  8. Great collection of images and advice. That first door is one of my favorites - love the paneling around it, and of course, the colors. My front door is right up against a protruding brick wall on one side which is so disappointing because I'd love to do something like the first door.

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  9. Visiting via The Mustard Ceiling. This is a great post. You have covered everything and more with perfect pictures as examples. I am now following you.

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  10. Mandi, you have a new reader! We loved seeing y'all last night, and I'm so glad to know about your blog. Love this post on front doors!

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Thank you for thoughts on my post! M.