We “inherited” the color scheme of our home when we bought it but because we will be adding solar panels, we will be getting a new roof in a more neutral color in the coming year and also will be changing the paint color of the body of the house as well. The trim will be staying white because it is aluminum and cannot be re-painted.We are wondering, if this was Maria’s home, would she paint the house a neutral coordinating with the pink-beige retaining wall, or would she stain the pink-beige stone of the wall another color in order to be able to paint the house a color? (The retaining wall runs along the front sides of our home as well, so there’s a lot of it). ~Gina
The first thing I notice when I look at Gina’s exterior is that there is too much going. And the many things are quite linear and hard. If I could invest in just one thing to improve the curb appeal of this house, it would be the landscape. The swath of hot boring and hard rocks surrounded by a linear contrasting border is not nearly as attractive as PLANTS. If this yard was lush with well designed climate appropriate plantings, would we be looking at the retaining wall? Not likely.
But more on that below.
The first thing I would do is simplify the look by removing the unnecessary shutters. They are not adding anything, and the window is too wide for them.
But what do you notice about the colour combination?
If you said the yellow paint is clashing with the pink beige stone, YES, you’re right. Pink beige and yellow don’t work well together.
So which element should be shifted?
To my eye, the stone retaining wall looks good with the sidewalk and checkered paving beyond that, the warm brick “border” and even the roof (which is really not a bad colour for this house at all).
I would eliminate the yellow for sure, and leave the stone as is. I would also paint the brick to create a less busy and disjointed look in this case.
Here is a rough mockup of this house painted a pink beige complex cream to calm the look down and relate to the stone. If you purchased my Exterior masterclass, the colour of this house can be found on the Facebook page.
Much better right? I added the cool cactus sculpture to the left side in a lime green to pick up the foliage of the palm tree.
I would go further with water smart plantings along the foundation and the border of the yard at least. While installing rocks instead of lawn might seem water smart, in the grand scheme of things, stark rock-scapes, like urban areas lacking in green life, are HOT, plants moderate temperatures, attract and retain cool moisture, build and preserve soil and create fresh air.
They are worth a bit of maintenance.
Here’s an inspiring article for creating a landscape that is an alternative to water hungry lawn.
Aside from a new coat of paint, this is where I would start. Thinking of your exterior facade as an elegant and simple backdrop for a beautiful landscape is always the best strategy.
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