Almost any facade, including bricks, aluminum siding and stucco, is paint-friendly after a good cleaning and coat of suitable primer.
A one-color home appears taller, especially in a hue that blends into the background, such as sage-green against sagebrush-dotted hills.
"The outside of our house is just not pretty," declares Marco Leal, who has lived in this Idaho ranch with his partner, Eric Wride, for about a year, focusing on interior upgrades.
To help them reimagine their home's plain exterior, we asked designer Richard O'Leary for some curb appeal suggestions.
• Add color with a fresh coat of paint and accent trim.
Then cover a bare porch or front steps with a portico that gives presence to a plain entry point.Painting a home's front door gives the facade an updated look and creates a focal point for the exterior of the house.Choose a warm color such as cinnamon orange or brick red for maximum visual impact.To accentuate the bungalow's clean lines, a new porch railing was added, and the old roof was replaced with faux slate.Tired aluminum siding was exchanged for prefinished planking.Deliberately rigid "jardin style" plantings lend structure and cheerful opulence to the outside.