We are looking at updating a lackluster beige home for January’s curb appeal remodel. This two-story home is a late 1930s colonial-style that has been updated with one homeowner’s taste in mind. However,it’s not too late for a home like this to be saved with another makeover. How to give this home a facelift that will appeal to more people without spending a fortune updating something that was recently updated?
The Late-1930s Two Story Colonial
When I first laid eyes on this home, I couldn’t get past the blue! It was basically crying for help. Poor house. Yet, even with a quick color swap, the house is still more boring than beautiful or stately.
This isn’t a home that one paint color and a power wash can fix. The home, priced at $184,000, deserves a makeover that does its long life justice. I will give the current homeowner credit for trying to enhance the curb appeal of the home, but they fell a little short.
I was very curious to find a photo of the home prior to the new paint choice, so I went to Google images and found a photo from 2015. Now, I’m not sure this is the way the home looked originally – in fact, I doubt it. This does give us good insight into what the house was meant to look like though. It also shows us what two years of red dirt can do to a light colored home.
How to Fix this Old Home and Enhance Curb Appeal
I honestly don’t have many dislikes about this home. The color palette should have a more classic look. The other homes in the neighborhood are cooler tones, so my preference is a classic white instead of beige. The beige also makes this home look like a more modern-traditional home, which takes away from its age. Believe it or not, but you can make age look good on a home. There are ways to modernize an older home without taking away from its historic value. Last, I think the entryway should be a bit more grand. Then, add a little landscaping and ta-da!
- Power wash brick and sidewalk (that will get rid of the red/orange and prep for paint)
- Paint siding and brick white
- Paint shutters black or a muted gray/blue/lavender
- Redo entryway and add detail
- Add classic landscaping
Enhancing Curb Appeal of the 1930s Two-Story Colonial
You can choose any shade of white for this home. There are a lot of shutter and door color options that go with white. You will want to stick with muted colors for a classic style. Don’t be afraid to mix and match the shutters to the front door, but do make sure they coordinate. There is a lot of good and bad advice on the internet, so check out a reputable source such as HGTV or BHG. You can even consult with a paint store. They know what colors look good together. Test out swatches before committing to a color you are unsure about.
There are several other ways to add color to a white and black home. Adding the red brick detail around the entryway and adding green hedges helps this home without overdoing it. The small green plants in front of the hedges will bloom in the spring and summer for even more color.
Feedback is always welcome! What do you think? Do you think this update will enhance the curb appeal? Is it achievable?