As you know we recently had our house painted with much joy and dismay as you can possibly fit together. But to me, it looks a little blaa, like it's missing something.
I've been thinking about simple ways to try to give it some more contrast and here's what I've come up with:
You can click on the photos to make them larger. From other houses that I've seen that use a lighter less contrasting color, what seems to work best is to use an additional high contrast color. This usually means they paint their door black and put up black shutters and it looks great. Look at this house:
Without all the black I feel like this house would look pretty washed out. So my trick is how to add more black. I've always loved the look of white railing with black on the top. We had that in the old house and it was really beautiful. I wonder if it would look as good on the front porch. Also my mom pointed out to paint the side of the stairs, excellent idea and the wood piece just below the porch above where the brick starts. Then of course a little weight is needed on the left side of the house so I really want a custom window box there (unless I can find one the right measurements that span both windows completely). Easy to maintain flowers like gerber daisies (cough!) and roses seal the deal.
What do you think? It's the black board at the bottom of the porch that makes me nervous but it's just paint, I can do it myself and and fix it if I need to.