Tall flat siding

What would you do to break it up and add dimension? I want to eventually add a garage with a flat top and french door in the middle area but that's not in the budget for now :-) I'm thinking Juelette balcony up top with an added french door, pergola over bottom door....help! Hard with the windows all different sizes and no symmetry...We are paining next week - Zeus (taupe/green color) with dark brown "belly band" and creamy trim, navy for the door(s)...
q tall flat siding, curb appeal, doors, home improvement, paint colors, painting
q tall flat siding, curb appeal, doors, home improvement, paint colors, painting
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  • Pasquel Pasquel on Aug 20, 2015
    That's technically the back door but it's the first thing you see when you pull up to the house - by the way :-)
  • Samantha Samantha on Aug 20, 2015
    Could you add a little porch over the door? Since it serves as the front door, I'm assuming (even though it's the back of the house), I would add a little overhang porch over the door and do some cheap landscaping...a few green shrubs, a light on each side, maybe? Here's kind of what I'm picturing: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/61080138667894411/ I think the color palette you have picked out will go a long ways in breaking up that massive flat wall :)
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Aug 20, 2015
    Honestly I would not draw attention to the upstairs. I rather see the downstairs as the attention getter. Houzz has many styles and solutions for this particular situation.
  • Pasquel Pasquel on Aug 20, 2015
  • Kathy Kathy on Aug 21, 2015
    I would recommend looking at nurseries and greenhouses for on sale plants and trees (you'll definitely find them now), for some trees and shrubs in varying heights. Not too many, as you don't want to take away from the entry door. I agree that they eye needs to be brought down visually to the first floor entry instead of the two upper floors. Maybe shutters in a muted accent shade to those upper windows, just to add some dimension. Then, at the front door, possibly mark off a "walkway" on the ground. You can do this by using on sale edging and putting some one-two inch pavers (also on sale now!) in the new walkway. This should help. As to the plantings, use a variety of tall and short, and thin and wide for even more dimension. I would LOVE to help you on this project, so let me know if you want some sample photos, etc.
  • HouseLogic.com HouseLogic.com on Aug 21, 2015
    Pasquel, we have a lot of ideas for you. You can add shutters to break up the look of the siding: http://goo.gl/E3ad4Z Use paint to add pops of color to your exterior: http://goo.gl/8TyX2m Add an inviting walkway: http://goo.gl/VZM4k5 and spruce up your curb appeal with a new hardscape: http://goo.gl/T8sBzc
  • Centrd Centrd on Aug 22, 2015
    For one thing, I'd consider painting two of the floors the same color and make the third floor a different color, either top or bottom. Another idea would be to trim out an area around one of the windows and paint it the trim color, so that the focal point is the block of color rather than the windows. Perhaps tying into your Juliette Balcony and/or pergola. Also beefing up the trim around the door could help. Here are some inspiration photos that might give you some ideas:
  • Mimi Mimi on Aug 24, 2015
    Too many different colors. Only go with 3. 4 will make it too busy and look like an afterthought. Pay much attention to lower floor, make it most inviting and try to camouflage the difference in siding on uppers. Do trim out upper windows and add a monogram or star or something on the left side to even out the topmost window. Put a mixture of flowering and evergreens to the landscape with a covered entryway to draw he eye to bottom floor. Just don't get too busy with your paint colors. Have you considered enlarging the upper floor windows so they are all the same type and size? That would help a lot!
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