I always love to see what colors people paint their houses - particularly if they are interesting and fun. My husband has a problem with this when I’m the one driving…he’d much rather I watch the road then stare sideways (and sometimes backwards) to get my color fix. Sometimes you come across a house that is so fun you wonder if the mailman needs migraine medicine in order to deliver.
There are many houses more simple in detail that don’t call for a multiple-color paint job. I find that for these houses a fabulous front door does the trick. You have a single focal point, an idea of some personality and a fun little zing to appreciate as you go by.
My last house was an Italianate Victorian from 1847 with tons of detail- we had fun with the colors of that house:
My husband and i have gotten quite good at fixer uppers and have one we are in the middle of. Our current house is a more simple Victorian from the 1890’s. I will not stain your brain and risk injuring your eye’s with a photo of its exterior, but it is BUTT UGLY!!! It has aluminum siding from the 1950’s that covers every single inch of it- even over the window and door moldings. If that’s not bad enough we accurately named the color: Pallor. Our house is the color of pasty English people’s skin (I can make fun of this, I’m English by descent) when they have never been in the sun, don’t exercise, smoke two packs a day and don’t eat vegetables (perhaps just minutes away from contracting full blown rickets). There is not much that I can do to improve this until we rip off the siding and reface the whole huge place, and we have SOOOO many other things to do first. The only thing we’ve done is paint our pretty double Victorian front doors Turquoise. Within a week I’d gotten a positive comment from everyone in the neighborhood - they were obviously desperate for something to be done. This little festive color upgrade did so much, I then added various turquoise planters and flowers. Sometimes it’s just a little touch that makes it:
The best part of having fun with the front door is being able to easily change it. It only takes about an hour, so it is a great project for the commitment-phobic!