cottage charm

Add coun­try style to a stan­dard sub­ur­ban house

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

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.

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Here’s your colour scheme for paints• Deep char­coal• Mid-grey• Pas­tel pink• White

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