Add country style to a standard suburban house
design is in the detail, which is why you can give a blah and boxy house the look of a country cottage with just a few changes. The idea is to add and clad, not remove or replace. A paved porch turns into a timber-floored verandah with a decorative tiled inlay. Bare metal verandah poles become timber posts with ‘collars’ and ‘boots’ that feature fretwork in between. Paint and an old-fashioned knocker make the front door a feature, while the garden beds become mini meadows and window boxes add the final pretty touch.
1 Team with a theme and reflect the colour scheme of your house in your garden, adding pops of more vibrantly hued flowers here and there.
2 Refresh don’t replace old metal fences and gates with paint, then add trim and install new latches to tie them into the look of the house.
3,4 Upgrade the entrance
with a decorative tiled inlay and timber or metal fretwork in both black and fresh white. Paint the front door a feature colour and add decorative touches such as a hanging basket. PS, use the same tiles to create a house number.
Here’s your colour scheme for paints• Deep charcoal• Mid-grey• Pastel pink• White