Here at Domino, we focus a lot on the interior of the home, but there’s a lot to be said about injecting a dose of design to the outside of your house as well. Renovator and designer Patti Wagner is a big fan of finding exterior inspo simply by walking through her Minneapolis neighborhood. The various types of residential architecture and pops of personal detail create enviable character that we’re looking to replicate. Keep reading for tips to turning your exterior into a beautiful one, because after all, it’s called curb appeal for a reason.
"Hi there! I’m Patti @patticakewagner. My family and I live in the beautiful city of Minneapolis. While we appreciate each opportunity to travel, there’s something to be said about exploring your own backyard. Our favorite family activity is taking long walks and admiring the different residential architecture in our neighborhood and around the city. Some people get excited when they spot a celebrity and I get the same feeling when I spot a gorgeous home! Like this one with its cedar shake roof and gorgeous landscaping. Let me know if you do the same and tell me where you’re from. Thank you for following along as I share more celebrity, I mean home, sightings." Photo by @patticakewagner #SOdomino
Landscaping is key
From fresh flowers to manicured bushes, this home looks well cared for and brimming with bright greens. The floral-focused landscaping complements the natural cedar shake roof and creates an inviting walkway for dwellers, onlookers, and guests. We get that tackling your outdoor space can be daunting, but it’s totally worth a little elbow grease, just take it from the pros.
"It’s pretty guaranteed that a home with lots of window boxes will make my heart skip a beat. I always see photos on Instagram of some quaint countryside in Europe where every old house is full of charm and tons of window boxes and it makes me want to hop on the plane to explore! Until I’m able to make that trip, it’s fun seeing homes in my neighborhood like this cottage style one with navy blue accent. What’s your favorite style of house?" Photo by @patticakewagner #SOdomino
Flower Boxes = mini gardens
There is arguably nothing more charming than some well-kept flower boxes, and this cottage style home does it best. Window boxes act as mini gardens fit for small spaces or sweet exteriors like this one. We love how the homeowners chose blooms in colors that stand out against the home’s exterior paint.
"I think the reason why my family and I enjoy long walks exploring our own backyard is because we’re making something beautiful out of the mundane. It fills our lives with daily adventures while appreciating the community we live in. And it’s definitely an adventure when we come across a house with a big personality like this Colonial style! Got to love a house that’s not afraid of color and whimsy. Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed tagging along on our family strolls. You know where to find more of our house sighting adventures!" Photo by @patticakewagner #SOdomino
Don’t forget the door!
This is the entry to your threshold, and if you need a kick of encouragement to paint it, we have just a few (okay, so many) reasons to take the risk. Selecting a bright, fresh hue like this pink is both eye-catching and inviting. Before painting your door, consider what color will look best, and don’t get bogged down by the process. Not sold yet? We have tons of colorful door inspiration.
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