Copy the Curb Appeal: Seattle, Washington

These eye-catching Seattle houses from HGTV Magazine are loaded with inspiring ideas: porch accessories, paint shades and more.

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March 20, 2020

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About the House

“We liked the colors and details of this modern farmhouse so much that we barely changed a thing. The metal roof is especially amazing when it rains — it’s better than any white noise machine," say homeowners Blaire Burman and Mike Dannenberg of their 2015, 3,100-square-foot house.

Back in 2016 when the couple first bought their home, they freshened up the landscaping with a combo of greenery. “Our goal was to make it look like everything was already there,” Blaire says. “The plants we picked seem to belong among the giant trees that surround our house.”

House Paint

Academy Gray

Buy It: Valspar

Trim Paint

Posh Red

Buy It: Valspar

Fiberglass Front Door

It’s one of the first things the couple noticed about the house. Says Blaire, “The openness makes us feel connected to the neighborhood.” (Classic-Craft American Style CCA2310XG-SDLF4 fiberglass door)

Buy It: Therma-Tru, $2,960 and up

Front Door Paint

Very Black

Buy It: Valspar

Home & More Doormat

17" x 29" coir doormat

Buy It: Wayfair, $18

House Numbers

Santa Barbara 12"-tall aluminum house numbers in brushed finish

Buy It: Modern House Numbers, $54 each

Steel Mailbox

Adkinson 10-1/2"W x 4-1/2"D x 14-1/2"H stainless steel mailbox

Buy It: rejuvenation.com, $80

Plastic Planter

The green planter on the stoop pops against the gray exterior, and the blooms offer cool texture. Red celosias stand tall, while mandevilla spills over. (Mayne Modesto 20"-tall plastic planter in macaw green)

Buy It: Home Depot, $98

About the House

“We lived in a very traditional home in Texas before moving [in 2015], so this was a big change. We were hesitant about buying something with such an unusual exterior, but ultimately details like the mix of siding and the sloped roof won us over. It looks different from every angle!" say homeowners Ashton Allison and Jay Anderson of their 2,650-square-foot house built in 2014.

There was nothing but dead grass in the yard when Ashton and Jay moved in. Now azaleas, which are abundant in Seattle, line the front of the house and bloom in spring. To the left of the door, a coral rosebush brings bursts of brightness and a lemon cypress adds height. Plus, the couple tried out a creative way to hang house numbers: vertically!

HGTV Pro Tip: “Using cedar on the exterior of houses is common in the Pacific Northwest. It looks cool but requires some maintenance — you have to stain it about every three years," dishes Leslie Davis, Unsellable Houses.

House Paint

Palais White

Buy It: Behr

Trim Paint

Sculptor Clay

Buy It: Behr

Fir Front Door

The couple was drawn to the door’s cheery yellow. (The big glass pane lets in plenty of light, which is welcome on those dreary Seattle days. (7002 Thermal French Douglas fir door)

Buy It: Simpson Doors (for stores), $630 and up

Front Door Paint

Spirited Yellow

Buy It: Behr

Patterned Doormat

Kosas Home Catalina 18" x 30" coir doormat

Buy It: Houzz, $22

House Numbers

Hillman 5"-tall zinc house numbers in brushed nickel finish

Buy It: Lowes, $7 each

Aluminum Sconce

Kichler Cylinder 12"-tall aluminum sconce in brushed finish

Buy It: Lumens, $96

Ceramic Planters

“The potted Japanese maple by the door is our favorite — the bark is a coral shade, which provides color all year,” says Ashton. He and Jay filled out that pot with pink and green coleus, and the planter next to the steps with more coleus and celosias. (Emissary Bullet 14"-tall ceramic planter in green)

Buy It: Bed Bath and Beyond, $173

About the House

“I found this house by accident! One day I took a wrong turn, saw it being built, and fell in love. The wood siding, warm colors, and multipaned windows give it lots of character," says homeowner Clara Chesterman of her 2,210-square-foot house, which was built in 2004.

“Since I don’t have the greenest thumb, I needed easy plants,” says Clara. Luckily the house came with low-maintenance arborvitae and boxwood. For flashes of color, she planted flowers that require minimal watering in the beds.

As for the cedar siding, “The different shapes of the cedar siding and the earthy stain colors naturally go together — and make the house feel bigger than it actually is,” says Clara.

Upper Shingles Stain

Smoke Tree

Buy It: Sherwin-Williams

Middle Siding Stain

Caribou

Buy It: Sherwin-Williams

Lower Shingles Stain

Belvedere Tan

Buy It: Sherwin-Williams

6-lite Front Door

Clara’s is a typical Craftsman six-lite style with a dentil shelf. The cedar was sealed with a clear stain to show off the wood. (Architectural Craftsman 6-lite fiberglass door with shelf)

Buy It: Jeld-Wen, $1,850

Patterned Doormat

Triangles 18" x 30" coir doormat

Buy It: Coco Mats n' More, $35

House Numbers

Atlas Homewares Traditionalist 6"-tall brass house numbers in matte black finish

Buy It: Build, $22 each

Ceramic Planter

“Since many of my neighbors have red flowers, I wanted to be different, so I picked a variety of pink ones for the planters on the left side of the steps,” says Clara. The planter to the right of the door is home to a heavenly bamboo with leaves that are light green all summer and turn bright red in fall. (Southern Patio Caylin 6-1/2 "-tall ceramic planters)

Buy It: Home Depot, $35 (for a set of 2)

About the House

“Our house is a Craftsman, but the charm had gotten lost over the years. We brought it back by painting the window frames black and the trim bright white, and replacing the old metal porch railings with wood ones," say homeowners Brett and Chris Adler of their 1914, 2,400-square-foot house.

The porch floor was a faded forest green when Brett and Chris bought the house in 2016. They eventually painted it charcoal, which makes the white railings look even more crisp. “Our porch is like my second office,” says Chris. “The big arms on the chairs are my desk!”

As for the yard: “At first all the bushes were overgrown and badly pruned,” says Brett. In came neat matching ones plus a big bay laurel shrub on the right.

HGTV Pro Tip: “To camouflage an HVAC unit in front of your house, there’s nothing better than a spreading evergreen shrub," says Tarek El Moussa, Flipping 101 With Tarek El Moussa.

House Paint

Wall Street

Buy It: Sherwin-Williams

Trim Paint

Snowbound

Buy It: Sherwin-Williams

Porch Floor Paint

Black of Night

Buy It: Sherwin-Williams

Window Paint

Tricorn Black

Buy It: Sherwin-Williams

Hello Doormat

Nickel Designs Hello 18" x 30" coir doormat

Buy It: West Elm, $46

Metal Light

John Timberland Urban Barn 10-1/4-diameter metal light in black

Buy It: Lamps Plus, $70

Adirondack Chairs

“Chris built the Adirondack chairs. He’s tall, so we needed them in extra-large!” says Brett. “We found plans online and tweaked them to accommodate a 6-foot-4-inch guy.” (All-Weather Waterfall polyethylene Adirondack chair)

Buy It: LL Bean, $279

Outdoor Pillows

Yellow pillows pair nicely with the home’s exterior. (18" x 18" Sunbrella outdoor pillow in buttercup)

Buy It: Pottery Barn, $40

Plastic Planter

Sizable ones flanking the steps hold a vivid mix of blooms and play off the window trim. (Allam 28"-tall plastic planter in black)

Buy It: Wayfair, $102