Copy the Curb Appeal: Providence, Rhode Island

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

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The House

Built in: 1928. Bought in: 2012. Size: 2,300 sq. ft. “I’ve always liked the traditional look of Tudor homes. After buying this one, I uprooted all of the landscaping except for three trees, one of which is the kousa dogwood on the left side of the yard,”  says homeowner Drew Osler.

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Shutters

The simple shutters  — each with a thin arrow cutout at the center  —  date back as far as the house. They still have their original hardware.

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Front Door

“I wanted a color you don’t usually see on a Tudor,” says Drew. This bright blue is a happy surprise against the classic red brick. Custom G167 red oak pre-hung door, from $2,075, vintagedoors.com; paint: Blue Grotto by C2 Paint

Door Knocker

Twisted iron lines up with the house’s Tudor style. Agave Ironworks 6-Point 5½"-diameter hammered-iron back twisted ring knocker in flat black finish, $53, doorhardwaresupply.com

Light Fixture

The clouded glass and the bronze finish make the sconce look original to the house. Westport Collection 17½"-tall vivex outdoor wall light, $178, lampsplus.com

House Numbers

Slim digits are mounted to a white plaque to make them visible against the brick of the house. HouseArt 5"-tall stainless steel house numbers in rust finish, $28 each, lumens.com

Paint Colors

House: Parchment White by Glidden; Front Door: Blue Grotto by C2 Paint; Shutters and Trim: Stewart House Brown by Glidden

The House

Built in: 1926. Bought in: 1999. Size: 1,450 sq. ft. “Our bungalow’s big front porch is one of our favorite things about it. We love how the front door is set off to the side — not in the middle — which maximizes seating space,” say homeowners Mark Kershaw and Michael Sutila.

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Landscaping

A trio of grasses by the sidewalk and a winding dwarf hinoki cypress to the right of the steps balance out the surplus of container plantings.

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Front Door

The door’s rich cherry stain mimics the color of the beadboard on the porch ceiling. This fiberglass
version has a similar dark tone. Fiber-Classic Mahogany fiberglass ½-lite unfinished pre-hung door with clear glass, from $704, thermatru.com for stores

Scalloped Siding

Mark and Michael had scalloped cedar shingles installed on the gable, which added even more character to the already charming facade. Wide-round 17½" x 5" western red cedar decorator shingles, $7 per square foot, builddirect.com; paint: Pondstone by C2 Paint

Light Fixture

A hanging lantern draws the eye up to the beadboard
porch ceiling. Chimera 1-Light 19"-high aluminum outdoor pendant, $250, homeclick.com

House Numbers

The homeowners painted curly numbers eggplant purple to match the pots along the railing and the trim along the roofline. Atlas Homewares Scroll 4"-tall zinc die-cast house numbers in black finish, $17 each, myknobs.com; paint: Speakeasy by C2 Paint

Paint Colors

House: Cheetah by C2 Paint; Scalloped Siding: Pondstone by C2 Paint; Trim: Tusk by C2 Paint; Roofline Trim, House Numbers and Pots: Speakeasy by C2 Paint

The House

Built in: 1926. Bought in: 2008. Size: 2,800 sq. ft. “We love that our house is unlike any other on the street. It looks like it came from a different era! The peaks and gables give it so much character, as do original details like the glass- and ironwork,” say homeowners Merrilyn and Bill Parry.

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Red Front Door

Copy eye-catching curb appeal ideas from homes in Providence, Rhode Island, featured in HGTV Magazine. The front of the house is stucco over brick. Exposed sections on the chimney and around the doorway pile on the charm.

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Front Door

With its arched top and three strap hinges, the door — as old as the house — says classic Tudor. The previous owners painted it red. “A house like this needs a little color, and we loved the one that was here, so we kept it,” says Merrilyn. Classic-Craft Rustic Collection fiberglass solid-panel round top unfinished plank pre-hung door, from $1,836, thermatru.com for stores; paint: Oh So Red by Valspar; Warwick 5¼" x 24" iron strap hinge, $91.50, vandykes.com

Shutters

Each of the brown-painted shutters, which are original to the house, features old-world details like strap hinges and a tiny window. Custom Designer 25" x 15" composite exterior shutters with cutouts and cast-iron faux shutter dogs and strap hinges, from $403 for a set of 2, hooksandlattice.com; paint: Mystic Taupe by Valspar

Outdoor Ornaments

The medallions above the first-floor French doors are painted to look like sunflowers. Hung from a house, this stepping stone would have a similar effect. Oakland Living Sunflower 11½"-diameter cast aluminum stepping stone, $51, truthincraft.com

House Numbers

The wispy numerals on the door have been there for years, but you can still buy look-alikes today. 4"-tall die-cast-aluminum house numbers, from $2 each, hillmangroup.com for stores

Paint Colors

House: Betsy’s Linen by Valspar; Front Door: Oh So Red by Valspar; Shutters and Trim: Mystic Taupe by Valspar

The House

Built in: 1929. Bought in: 2002. Size: 2,000 sq. ft. “Although this home needed work, we couldn’t resist the 1920s architecture and walkable location. We painted it sage green first, then this gray with faint violet undertones,”  say homeowners Christine Lamar and Thomas J. Skouras.

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Columns

Pairs of slim columns separated by latticework on both sides of the door and at the porch’s ends  mimic the windows’ symmetry.

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Front Door

Surrounded by the original molding and a pair of sidelights, the purple front door picks up the color of the catmint in the yard. The porch ceiling is painted the same pretty hue. 6-Panel unfinished steel pre-hung door, from $487, clopaydoor.com for stores; paint: Awesome Violet by Sherwin-Williams

Doormat

This inviting mat complements the shades of purple outside the house. Striped Welcome coconut fiber doormat, $30, cocomatsnmore.com

Bench

Christine and Thomas prepped the porch for summer relaxing with two benches — black to match the shutters. Sheffield wrought iron bench, $562, patioliving.com

Outdoor Pillow

Colorful pillows add comfort to the benches. Abstract Watercolor by CMYKaren 20" x 20" polyester outdoor pillow, $55, denydesigns.com

Door Knocker

A classic ring shape works on any door. Baldwin Ring Style 5½"-diameter brass door knocker in Venetian bronze finish, $67.50, build.com

Light Fixture

Christine chose Arts and Crafts–style lanterns, which were popular when the house was built. Acclaim Lighting Outer Banks 6 ½"W x 8 ½"D x 16"H plastic outdoor light in matte black, $60, elitefixtures.com

House Numbers

The twirly digits mounted to one of the columns are easy to spot. Spanish Rustic Hammered 4"-tall iron house numbers in black, $17 each, bushereandson.com

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Paint Colors

House: Unique Gray by Sherwin-Williams; Front Door and Porch Ceiling: Awesome Violet by Sherwin-Williams; Trim: Extra White by Sherwin-Williams; Shutters: Tricorn Black by Sherwin-Williams