A few select and well-thought out exterior upgrades can add some Key West-inspired Curb Appeal to your beach house in a jiffy! Key West is about balmy weather and colors of the sea and sky. While driving around Key West’s Old Town you’ll view vibrant colors, intricate patterns, beautiful trees as well as Colonial architecture.
“Key West is a town of color. Colorful sunsets over sparkling water. Colorful seashells and storefronts. Colorful shutters on Conch houses. And colorful people who fill the streets with festivals and parades. From beautiful furniture and accessories to full service decorating, Style Key West brings that life color to a customer or client’s home.” ~ Style Key West
Tropical Exterior design by Miami Architect tuthill architecture
After you’ve mowed the lawn, freshened up your flower beds and swept the landing why not add one or more of these pieces to freshen your exterior up a bit? Key West exterior style updates were recently featured in a Southern Living Magazine article titled, Front Door Style. The magazine suggested five fairly easy upgrades to boost curb appeal and I agree with their suggestions of a colorful door; pineapple door knocker; entrance lighting, new door hardware and a door mat.
The door knocker can be a welcome greeting for your guests. The pineapple has been a universal symbol of hospitality and welcome for many centuries all over the world. Your family and friends will be immediately impressed upon arriving at your home with a shining new Pineapple Door Knocker.
Pineapple Door Knocker
An extremely cost-effective upgrade is a new door mat. Door mats are such an unexciting thing to purchase; however they can also make your entrance look much better in no time at all. Many door mats are created from recycled materials; which are extremely durable and will last for years.
Fisherman’s Rope Mat
A new outdoor light fixture can beautify your beach home’s curb appeal immediately. Many of your guests will arrive for gatherings after dark so perfectly placed outdoor lighting enhances your home’s architectural design and welcomes guests right. For the most flattering light on people and plants, install blue-white bulbs for your exterior fixtures.
Outdoor lighting also adds value to your home. Judith Patriski, an appraiser and owner of Quad Realty Co. near Cleveland, estimates that for upper-bracket homes, an investment in outdoor lighting can yield a 50% return. “When you pull into a driveway and see a gorgeous home, you’re going to pay more for it,” says Patriski.
Hanging Exterior Pineapple Lantern
Your front door is the first thing which catches ones eye, so if you only want to upgrade one item I recommend starting with the front door. A fresh coat of brightly colored exterior paint on your door can be completed in an afternoon.
Bright Front Door Paint in “Yellow Corn”
Looking for a more dramatic change? Visit a local home center for a new front door – you might be surprised at all the options available. If you’re interested in something more special, then I highly recommend checking with local or online architectural salvage stores. The beautiful door featured below is available from AMIGHINI Architecturals and Doors.
Single Wood Entry Door with wrought iron
Last, but certainly not least, your Key West Curb Appeal isn’t complete if your entrance door hardware is old, rusty or dirty. As with exterior doors, there are literally thousands of styles of door hardware available on the market. All door locks are important for the safety of your home, but some are so beautiful that you could actually call them “art”.
About Marie Rhoades: Marie resides along the Washington coast and is self-described as a beach bum, animal lover & social media enthusiast. She is currently renovating her beach cottage home and shares her journey with readers on her Beach House Decorating Blog and Coastal Lifestyle Blog. Marie is also the CEO of the Sally Lee by the Sea, LLC coastal lifestyle brand.