I think I’ve received more exterior after pics this year than ever! I’m so thrilled because I don’t usually get to see them unless I’m around to take the photo myself and that’s hard to do with long distance design.
Creating an exterior look that is as timeless as possible, inevitably means keeping it simple. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t also have a lovely transformation that’s both elegant and historically accurate with a fresh neutral colour palette.
My client Anna Bradshaw (a psychotherapist for women in Madison, NJ at feelbettergroup.com) loved her century-old Tudor home but she wanted an update to the existing colour.
She bought my All Inclusive Exterior Colour consultation for advice on updating the body colour of her home as well as the roof, door, gutters and trim.
I love Anna’s curvy cedar growing in front of her chimney! Landscaping is so important for the curb appeal of your home.
Instead of opting for a trendy gray (and unintentionally turning her house into something it wasn’t) Anna knew she wanted a fresher colour palette that also stayed loyal to the period of her home and highlighted its classic and traditional beauty.
I wholeheartedly agreed.
Notice the peachy-taupe tones in the pavers above? I recommended that we introduce some neutrals in the taupe range to relate and a soft white for the brick skirting and trim.
Tudors are rarely painted anything but neutrals, so if you’re looking for a classic look, keep it neutral. A lighter neutral color like SW Anew Gray for the siding would be a more current choice and in keeping with the historical Tudor architecture. And, a higher contrast charcoal roof would highlight the angular and pretty roof lines.
Isn’t the transformation beautiful?
Anna was undecided about how to update her front door. Her eDesign solution included considerations for painting it a rich forest green for a more stately look or a deep violet colour to relate to her burgundy leaf shrub near her entrance.
I also advised that a medium brown wood-stained front door would be a pretty look for all of the colour palettes options in her eDesign solution.
In the end, I love that she decided not to paint it. And because everything surrounding it is now so light, her wood-stained front door looks fabulous as a focal point on this vintage Tudor and the orange colour relates to the stone on her steps and walkway.
There was no need to change her existing light fixture. The exaggerated shape works well with the steep pitch of her roof.
Don’t forget that well designed landscaping goes a long way to creating curb appeal and should not be overlooked when you are updating your exterior. Anna is an avid gardener who’s cultivated a beautiful yard from scratch over the last decade.
Not sure where to begin? Check out this post.
Here are a few photos she’s shared with me. Now that the exterior of the house is more balanced, her landscaping has a bigger impact overall.
Here’s the before and after again:
And the after:
Thank you so much Anna for sharing your beautiful transformation with us!
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PS. Yesterday I was on the list of Ballards 100th Podcast Anniversary Awards where they called me the Queen of Colour, hooray! I was episode 38 approximately two years ago, you can listen to that podcast here.