sim­ply modern

Bring a no-frills frontage bang up to date

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Facade Facelift -

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.

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2 Here’s your colour scheme for paints• Char­coal• Pale grey• White

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