Updating A Family Home – Curb Appeal & Making an Entrance

In this new series, I will walk you through a redesign project that I worked on for approximately six months last year.

My clients are a terrific couple with 4 grown boys and extended family included grandchildren. The home which the couple had built some 15 years ago suited their lifestyle very well, it just needed to be updated.

As we began the project, plans were already underway to renovate the backyard including the addition of a Sunroom off the Breakfast Area, stamped concrete around the pool, and construction of a poolside covered Dining Area.

Curb Appeal

The front of the home sat far off the gated entrance at the end of a tree-lined drive. The problem was the red color of the siding matched the brick so the house did not stand out from the street.

We lightened up the siding by pulling a tan color out of the brick which also appeared in the stonework on the house. The effect was that the three different materials – siding, brick, and stone – all related to each other through the use of color. Plus the light shade of tan was now visible through the trees from the gate.

Although it is essential that the exterior of your home be cohesive, it is also essential that you have some contrast. The best way to achieve that is through an accent color on the front door. The homeowner really loved the color red, so that’s what we painted the double front doors. I mean who doesn’t love a red front door?

We finished off the exterior with black shutters. We accessorized the front porch with two wooden rockers, a large rubber monogrammed welcome mat, and wrought iron wall decor for hanging seasonal wreathes.


Upon entering the home, you walked into a small Foyer with the staircase on the left. The entire house had beautiful wood molding in a medium wood tone with gold undertones. We had the hardwood floors refinished to match. The walls were painted a neutral color with gold undertones. The stair runner was updated with a patterned carpet in a medium neutral color.  Again repeating the gold undertone to tie the walls, flooring and carpet together.

The homeowner’s classic grandfather clock was moved into another room because it was too large for the space. We replaced it with a small chest, a decorative mirror and a colorful arrangement of orchids. We added a vibrant traditional rug just inside the front door.

The homeowner’s existing chandelier fit in perfectly with the scale and design – it was just the wrong finish. So, we painted it black and added decorative shades. Now, that’s what I call making old things new!


Incorporate both coordination and contrast when selecting a color scheme for the exterior of your home. Make a statement in your Foyer that is welcoming to guests and grabs their attention…Enjoy!

%d bloggers like this: