After: Beams were installed into the ceiling of the porch to bring out the house's Craftsman character, and crown molding in each square of the ceiling makes the space feel more like an additional room in the home. The robin's-egg blue door is the perfect splash of color to offset the largely neutral palette.
To better serve the needs of a family of 8, designers gave this kitchen a ton more storage and countertop space, including a large triangle-shaped island. The back side of the island seats three, so works well for homework, snacking or helping the chef.
Sometimes, real estate brokers have to get creative to market a house. "This home in Oakland, California, was a tiny two-bedroom of about 900 square feet," says Jennifer Montague Clark of The Home Co. "To maximize resale value, we felt we had to show buyers the garage’s untapped potential. We painted it white to emphasize how light and bright it was, then staged a day bed and game table to illustrate potential uses." Take these tips to your own home (whether it’s for sale or not): A fresh coat of paint works wonders, as do some colorful furnishings and accessories—no major investment required.
A cobalt blue door sets a cheerful tone for this single family home in Edgartown, Mass., inviting visitors to step right inside the foyer. Here, a geometric chandelier brightens the space and calls attention to the skylights and soaring ceilings.
Designers set this kitchen stage with a wash of pastels: pink walls and island, gray backsplash, white countertops. Then, for a playful edge, they layered bold pops of color on top; bright rugs, a blue door, pendants in sherbet shades bringing in so much fun.
Designers strived to maintain a sense of the home's church origins by highlighting architectural elements like the beautiful, arched front door. A repurposed peg board hung on the wall makes for a fun spot to hang scarves and jackets.
Wood beams draw the eye to the vivid blue door in this white transitional living room. The room's laid-back design features a country-style dining table and chairs, industrial light fixture and rustic hardwood flooring.
The beautiful red siding on this country porch gives the look of a barn with the updated details of a home. The blue doors pop beautifully against the red, and neutral tile flooring completes the design.
Removing the aged awning and opening up the porch made all the difference in helping restore the home's traditional Craftsman appeal. Other exterior enhancements included subtly offsetting the existing trim in a khaki-cream and painting the front door in blue for added punch.
What could be more inviting in a beachfront condo than a door that's the color of the ocean on a sunny day? In vivid contrast to the white walls and ceiling and the driftwood-hued flooring, this door hints at the fun that surely awaits only steps away.
Symmetrical homes evoke a sense of formality, elegance and heritage. Honor tradition with a lighter-colored palette rimmed by darker accents. This home softens into its surroundings, while a bright blue door spotlights the front door's architecture.
This sunlit entryway receives another dose of color with a painted front door. The blue hue, combined with coral and rope accents, suggest a subtle nautical theme. Urn pendants and a curved ceiling add further character to the transitional space.