Copy the Curb Appeal: Fairfield, Connecticut

HGTV Magazine took a spin through Fairfield to round up eye-catching houses loaded with inspiring ideas.

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The House

Built in: 1917. Bought in: 2013. Size: 1,200 sq. ft. “This cottage was light yellow when we bought it, but its most charming details — the white fence, the window boxes, and the brackets — stand out so much more against the gray paint we chose,”  say homeowners Stephanie and Richard Baumer.

Front Door

“We considered painting it watermelon or teal, but yellow seemed like the best mix of fun and classic to fit our house style,” says Stephanie. 6-lite 2-panel steel door, from $330, jeld-wen.com for stores; Paint: Cheerful by Sherwin-Williams

Door Knocker

Because this door knocker is shaped like a basket, Stephanie can put flowers in it. Michael Healy Nantucket Basket 3 ¾"-tall brass door knocker, $115, atgstores.com 

House Numbers

Baldwin Flush Mount 4 ¾"-tall metal house numbers in Venetian bronze finish, $16 each, homedepot.com 

Light Fixture

Vaxcel Chatham 12"-tall steel outdoor wall light in burnished bronze finish, $65, luxedecor.com

Decorative Brackets

The ones along the porch’s roofline were there when the couple bought the house, but installing similar ones is not a big job. Ekena Millwork Swansea 12" x 11" polyurethane corbel, $26.50, lowes.com 

Flower Pot

The blue-painted terra-cotta pots on the front steps are filled with white impatiens, which match the white detailing around the house. Rosen 12 ½"H x 7 ½"-diameter clay pot, $16, jamaligarden.com. We painted ours Teal by Golden Fluid Acrylics.

Doormat

Flowers coir and PVC doormat, $25, porchscapes.com

Paint Colors

House: Software by Sherwin-Williams; Trim: High Reflective White by Sherwin-Williams; Front Door: Cheerful by Sherwin-Williams; Porch Floor: Iron Ore by Sherwin-Williams

The House

Built in: 1939. Bought in: 2013. Size: 2,000 sq. ft. “Although our home’s symmetry gives it a sense of formality, it still feels welcoming. We’ve talked about adding shutters to complement the clean lines. For now, flower-filled window boxes do the trick,” say homeowners Kelsey and Duncan Banfield.

Front Door

“We had fun deciding what color to paint our door because everything goes with white,” says Kelsey. Their home is just a four-minute walk from the beach, so they chose blue as a nautical nod. Reliabilt 6-panel steel primed pre-hung door, from $149, lowes.com; Paint: Admiral Blue by Benjamin Moore.

Light Fixture

New Haven 12"-tall copper, brass, and glass outdoor wall lantern in dark finish, $220, lanternland.com 

Door Knocker

The starfish-shaped knocker is another reference to the nearby water. “The brass is really striking against the blue,” says Kelsey. Michael Healy Starfish 7"-tall brass door knocker, $105, architecturaldepot.com 

Lamppost

Kelsey bought Duncan the post light years ago as a gift. After they moved in, they attached it to a post by the sidewalk and planted a bed of lantana around the base. Norwell Lighting Lexington 17"-tall brass and glass outdoor post lantern in black, $145, build.com

Address Plaque

An alternative to traditional house numbers, this plaque keeps with the beachy theme. Custom Carved Starfish 10"-tall HDU address plaque in black with gold trim, $100, thecarvingcompanyonline.com 

Doormat

Double Border Monogram coconut husk fiber doormat in blue, $45, cocomatsnmore.com 

Paint Colors

House and Trim: Brilliant White by Benjamin Moore; Front Door: Admiral Blue by Benjamin Moore

The House

Built in: 1923. Bought in: 2013. Size: 3,087 sq. ft. “Of all the homes we looked at, we never thought we’d fall in love with the oldest one. Its fairy-tale qualities instantly won us over, despite the overgrown landscaping we had to replace,” say homeowners Carmina and Anthony Morro.

Storm Door

The angular top matches the archway and the windows on the right side of the house. “It’s not a shape you see every day, so people always comment on it,” says Carmina. Arch Top wood storm door, from $375, victorianaeast.com; Paint: Holly Leaf by Olympic

Shutters

Louvered shutters painted the same green as the door frame most of the home’s windows. Perfect Shutters Standard Open Louvered 35" x 15" vinyl shutters in heritage green, $24 for a set of 2, exteriorsolutions.com 

Doorknob

Ives wrought brass storm door latch in polished finish, $21, build.com 

House Numbers

Classic 4"-tall brass house numbers in bright finish, $5 each, schlage.com for stores

Urn

The urn outside the door is filled with red petunias, which complement the door’s hunter green hue. Christopher Knight Home Zeus 20 ½"H x 17"-diameter stone urn planter in antique clay, $55, overstock.com 

Doormat

Tulips coir doormat, $39, thosbaker.com 

Paint Colors

House: Brandied Pears by Olympic; Trim: Delicate White by Olympic; Front door and shutters: Holly Leaf by Olympic