Maia's shopping list:
- Cast iron and stone outdoor planters
- Vintage-inspired lock set
- Oversized lantern
- Door knocker
- 1 quart Behr gloss exterior paint in Peacock Tail SH 520
- Emerald Cedar and Ivy Plants
1. Planters Add Presence
Like the home featured, many front porches have underwhelming or small-scale steps. To create a grander entrance, try flanking your steps with large container plants, which can be changed up with the seasons. In this project, Maia opted for two faux-stone containers that anchor the concrete steps. The lion’s head medallion is an elegant touch that enhances the classic feel of the finished look. For tips on container planting and more, check out The Home Depot Garden Club.
2. Add Character With Fixtures
Maia opted for a black light fixture and door hardware to add timeless sophistication, and to temper the boldly-coloured door. Particularly with newer builds, vintage-inspired hardware like the Weiser handle and door knocker help to impart character, while the oversized lantern — with its subtly aged finish — draws focus to the front door.
3. Add Personality With Paint
This is where you can have some fun and experiment with colour. (After all, it is only paint!) To help select the right shade, paint a piece of cardboard and hold it up against your façade to ensure it plays nicely with the brick, shutters, window trim, plant foliage etc. You’ll also want to see how the colour looks at different times of day, as the light changes.
Maia opted for a bold peacock blue, which looks sharp with black accents. In addition to the colour’s classic appeal, it also pops against the white window surrounds and will complement foliage as it changes each season. A gloss or semi-gloss finish will help stand up to wear-and-tear.
4. How To Handle Door Edges
When the inside of your door is painted a different colour, it can be tricky to know how to handle the door’s edges. In this case, since the door opens into the house (as most do), Maia painted the hinge-side edge, since it will be seen from the outside when the door is open. The opposite, handle-side edge should match the colour of the door on the inside, since that edge is seen indoors when the door is open. There are no hard-and-fast rules, however, so use your own judgment.
5. Don’t Forget To Accessorize
Finishing touches like outdoor rugs, container plants and inviting seating are a great way to set the scene and announce your style before a guest even walks in the door. They’re also easy to change up with the seasons, using different plants, pillows and rugs.