Bring a no-frills frontage bang up to date
to turn a dated coffee-and-cream home into a contemporary classic, stick to clean lines and a simple colour scheme. The trick is to update not redesign the facade. Paint the house light grey and use crisp white and charcoal for trim and features. Replace any old window awnings and the garage door. Give a feature-less front yard more dimension with evergreen hedges and a small tree. A limited palette of plants – mainly foliage with fragrant flowers in season – perfectly matches your simple modern theme.
1 Define your boundaries!
If your front yard bleeds into the nature strip, give it a border. Forget a fence and plant a hedge – you can even pop a gate in the middle!
2 Want an instant revamp?
Invest in a new garage door and colour-match it to the front door and guttering.
3 Transform a tiled porch
with timber. Lay decking boards over the top and build wraparound steps.
4 For a low-growing hedge
that’s also low maintenance, try Gardenia florida. PS, it has the bonus of fragrant white flowers.
5 Match new features, such as the gate and awning, to create a cohesive design.
6 Create an entrance! Decorate your new timber porch with a wall light, floor lantern, welcome mat and lollipop topiary balls in quirky planters.
2 Here’s your colour scheme for paints• Charcoal• Pale grey• White
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