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Weekend Recap: Curb Appeal

  1. I like option B the Fiery Red because it is the most vibrant and will pop with the black planters in front. Not to mention a great flow to your entry runner inside.

    P.S. I’m in love with the elephant knocker…I have a slight obsession with small elephants

  2. I think B would be fabulous and C a close second! Both would look accent a black planter with greenery. B would also go well with the brass hardware. Your door would definitely have
    pop, and look fantastic! You need to paint the screen door as well. Then paint the transom around the door the same colour as the shutters.

    Can’t wait to see what you do. Love the knocker BTW!

  3. Sara says:

    I like C for a door on white house too; although D and then B quickly follow (and would look good with that awesome knocker). The house looks amazing without the bushes.

  4. A big vote for B! that would look adorable!

  5. Sarah says:

    It’s looking great already! I think the black planters would stand out against the white of the house but still allow your plants to shine. I like your paint color C, but I don’t think it will work as well with all the brass you’ve picked out. I think Fiery Red would work the best – contrast with your siding, the planters, the shutters, and the brass, plus it looks like it ties in with the rug in your foyer. Good luck, and definitely keep us updated!

    • effortless says:

      I agree. I love c, but dealing with brass is an issue. Most of the brass on the door is really weathered and matte everything except the mailbox opening and the house letters! I’m loving b as well. Just wish it had a better name. 🙂

  6. I love it all! I can’t wait to see it come together. I love paint B and the black planters — I think the combo will looks updated and classic. Good luck and I will stay tuned!

  7. Sara says:

    Love, love what you’re doing!! That elephant knocker is so perfect for you; wow!! The light fixture is great, too. The expanded stoop looks so much nicer and more welcoming with the extra width and removal of the railings! You are completely inspiring me to add a few more touches (mainly a different light fixture to our entry).

    As for voting…

    I vote for black for the planters. Adds contrast to the white house behind it and won’t show dirt/grime as much. I feel like the white ones would be dirty as soon as you planted in it, and would be hard to keep clean. If you get white, I vote for painting them in color d. 🙂

    For the door, my personal favorite is b. I think for an outside door, the bolder, the better!! I love it. C is also nice, though, and would still add punch/contrast. From reading your blog, b seems more like you.

    Have fun and can’t wait to see the final results!!

  8. Annie Berndt says:

    C! C! With the knocker and the brass-embrace 🙂 the yellow would be beautifully bold. B is pretty, but it’s more common and expected. And if you had some sort of yellow flowers somewhere? Yellow would give it double-take status :). Love the sweetness of this home!

  9. Jaye says:

    Did you really purchase the doorknocker from India? I have been hestitant about purchasing from out of the country. Could you let us know if it arrived in a decent state and time? Enjoy your blog every day!

    • effortless says:

      It really is coming from India. Will let you know how it goes. The rug is coming from Turkey and it has already shipped!

  10. I vote A or B…Blue and black makes me twitch a little, I don’t know why. And I feel like the chartreuse with the brass, at least from that teensy swatch, I dont know. But I am loving a little pink or red action!

  11. Your house looks a lot like ones we have here in Jersey! Here’s my opinion:

    coral: will look too dated too fast.
    red: great choice. Happy & uplifting every day when you come home.
    chartreuse: everyone looks bad in front of this color, so no front door family shots for you!
    black/blue – too dark – would look just like the before picture. I always say, if you’re going to paint – make it noticeable!

    Great job so far – can’t wait to see the finished pictures!

    • effortless says:

      Thanks for all of the help.

      I think I’m leaning towards B. It’s not red, but it’s not orange so it’s a happy middle ground me.

      I love the idea of navy and black together, but that’s just me and I’m pretty certain I’m the only one that would notice the difference.

  12. Camila- I like California Dreaming by Behr, but all are so pretty! This little house is so happy you found it.


  13. Fran says:

    I love what you’re doing to your exterior!! And, I love all your door colors, but I’m learning towards ‘D’! I think the brass will pop and when I saw your entry way rug, it was a no brainer!!

  14. LindsB says:

    What a fun project- I love how the larger stoop is looking. Oh and for the front door color, I do love the navy but with black shutters not sure I love both together. So in that case I have to go with A or B- the bright colors are so you and would look great with the brass hardware and black shutters 🙂

  15. SEKM says:

    I love the first paint color for the door. The black planters would be perfect against the white house. When thinking of the door color, consider what types of plants and colors you may want to put in the planters. The first color may allow for various shades of pink to red, while the darker red may not look so great with pink plants.

  16. hi i recently found your blog, subscribed and am loving it, especially your before and afters.

    my biz is exterior facelifts and landscaping and love your home. i would go for the red and definitely in a high gloss. red can be carried over in flowers in the planter. now you did not ask for this opinion but being bossy (says my sister!) i would have chosen black for a light fixture and go large, 2-3 times larger than what is there……really! ps; house could use window boxes too!

    i wrote a guest post on tobi fairley’s blog all about this topic if you want to take a look. chose a sad little house and gave it three different looks with the how to at tobifairley.com/blog, posted 7/10

    well TMI about me, great to have found you and can’t wait to watch all your progress’

  17. maria says:

    tough decisions, but I love black shudders with a red door, so classic and timeless!! its looking really good, camila!

  18. anonymous says:

    In my opinion the best planter colors tie in shutter/ roof colors elsewhere on the house to help visually ground the entryway so my vote is for black. Also might want to check craigs list for some options.

  19. sherry hart says:

    I choose C with the black planters!

  20. Heather says:

    I love the light fixture you chose – in fact so much so I think I’m going to purchase two of them to replace ours- but when I checked the link, it didn’t say they were specifically for exterior use. Any concern about using them outside?

  21. kasie says:

    I like D! I think blue is the best mix with the brass. And definitely black for the planters! I like when they look heavy and grounded.

    My door is a redish/orangey color called Sangria by Benjamin Moore so I love that option too!

  22. Alanna says:

    I love brass! I think fiery red would look excellent, and really make a statement on your house. And I really think you need the black planters, they will shine next to the brass accents. I’m getting ready to do our front door, too, thanks for the inspiration!

  23. Oona says:

    I vote A for the front door and black for the planters. I am not normally a fan of coral, but I think it would amazing against all the white and the pops of black.

  24. Maggie Rose says:

    I vote B! With black planters. It’s going to look fantastic. How I wish we owned so I could do the same – the simplest cosmetic changes can make such a difference!

  25. judith hall says:

    Go with the coral! It is perfect for your house! We did the fiery red two years ago and I am so tired of it. I am really limited by planter colors, mat colors etc. Seems like any kind of house numbers look just so-so.
    Our neighbors across the street went for the coral door and it is so pretty and welcoming. Now I CAN’T do the coral, well…because; it would be like taking their great idea!

  26. Yes, that is TRUE dedication, but I’m sure you don’t regret taking the bushes out!

    I actually like “b” the best. They are all fantastic options, but I like the contrast and how it ties into the rug when you come in. Also, when your front door is open and inside the house, it would look good against the rug.

    I love your “little brass number” so much I may buy it for myself! Can’t wait to see how it all comes together.

  27. laxsupermom says:

    Already it’s looking so much better! Can’t wait to see the final reveal.

  28. Sabrina says:

    WOW! I painted my bedroom in Cool Lava!!! It’s a great color and I loved it so much. But it turned out to be a bit much for a bedroom, but for a door it would be awesome!!

  29. BridgetG says:

    Ooh, decisions, decisions. I like a red door, but I’d opt for a much darker red myself. I like a door to recede a bit; let the hardware and planters/plants say “look at me.” I’d like to hear what kind of plantings you are considering to replace the monster shrubs you removed.

  30. Ms. Manor says:

    The coral would look divine against the white house with black shutters and black planters. I’m kind of partial to coral because I painted my front door this color 3 years ago and I am still loving it. It is such a happy color! A pic of my door is in the following post:

  31. Katrina says:

    That door knoker is just darling! so cute.

  32. Amy says:

    I think you can’t go wrong with A or B for the door color, punchy and happy! Take a look at Restoration Hardware for planters, I just spec’d some for a client that were on sale and they look amazing. If you need plant ideas feel free to let me know! *Amy

  33. charlotte says:

    Your house is so cute! I am a fairly new reader of your blog and I love it! I love the brass door knocker and the front porch light that you chose. I like choice B and C for your front door. I can’t wait to see your after pics!

  34. Great start! Looks so much better already! I love the look you’ve got planned. I think all of the door color options would look great. I would go with something other than white for the planters so that they contrast against the house. If you don’t like black, you could always spray paint them a different color!

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