See, my house has a Spanish them going on on the bottom, but on top it is a typical 1970's Colonial kind of look. I am thinking of painting it all one color, to tie it all together. I really think it would make this ugly duckling of a house, a beautiful home...at least that is my hope!
I have never shown pics of the full exterior of my house, because I just am not in love with it...so, deep breath, here goes:
Last spring we added the blue shutters and painted the front door blue (although it's still purple in this picture, lol). I was going for a Spanish Mediterranean sort of look...I failed :(
I do love the arches on the front porch...I wish they would have brought them *into* the house, too, but they didn't.
My solid as a rock wicker chairs from the Salvation Army...the could use a paint job though:
Close up of the brick. It is very nice brick, but I just don't know what else to do to give this house some curb appeal:
In this pic, you can see how the sides of our house 'fan out', it's a nice feature and I think by painting it a light color, people from the street could actually see that detail.
I took this picture from the middle of my front lawn...so you can imagine how much detail that you just miss of this house from the street:
We also have 2 chimneys that are made of brick and are arched at the tops of them, like the arches on our porch. I also think paint would make them pop from the street, too.
Here is my inspiration before & after. I am sure many of you have seen this before, it is the Nester's painted brick house:
Truly stunning, isn't it?
So that is the look I am trying to achieve. I am thinking a creamy white with tan shutters. Or, if we can find a place to make them and can afford them, I would love to have decorative iron shutters, to tie in with the Spanish theme.
I welcome any and all suggestions, especially ones that back me up on painting the brick, haha! After all, it has taken me 6 years to get my husband to even consider painting it, now I just have to get him over the hump!
PS: If you know of anyone who does virtual Exterior design, please let me know! Thanks!
UPDATE: A very kind and talented reader, Ali Mae did a virtual design of my home painted! Thanks, Ali Mae!!!