A few weeks ago, architectural and interior designer Katie Hackworth gave us a master class on facade facelifts with a fresh coat of paint. (See her advice in Expert Advice: Three No-Fail Palettes for Instant Curb Appeal.) Her neutral palettes felt so fresh and inspired that we went back to ask how to adapt them for homeowners who want to make a bigger statement. An easy (and low-commitment) way: A bold splash of color and contrast with a strong color on the front door. These are Katie’s bold color picks, each designed to complement her foolproof curb appeal palettes.
Photography by Mel Walbridge for Gardenista. Produced and styled by Oliver Agger.
“If you’re up for making a statement,” says Katie, “a dusty rose or a blue-green tone will be sure to catch your neighbors’ attention. Both colors are unique enough to stand out, but remain in good taste and reference small European neighborhoods. That’s always a good thing!”
Dark & Moody
Says Katie: “An unexpected yellow can be a fun, welcoming pop of color for your home’s front door, while still classic alongside a navy exterior. You want to stay away from yellows that read too bright or too orange. If you’re up for making a dramatic statement, try committing to all dark and painting the front door a dark black tone.”
“If you’re ready to really commit to green, as I seem to be, try painting your front door (as well as your window sashes and muntins) a dark olive green tone,” says Katie, “or go one step further and paint the front door a bold orange tone.”
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