Copy the Curb Appeal: New Orleans, Louisiana

These eye-catching New Orleans houses from HGTV Magazine are loaded with inspiring porch, yard and paint ideas.

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February 05, 2020

Photo By: ALISON GOOTEE

Photo By: Aaron Graubart

Photo By: Aaron Graubart

Photo By: Aaron Graubart

Photo By: ALISON GOOTEE

Photo By: Aaron Graubart

Photo By: Aaron Graubart

Photo By: Aaron Graubart

Photo By: ALISON GOOTEE

Photo By: Aaron Graubart

Photo By: Aaron Graubart

Photo By: Aaron Graubart

Photo By: ALISON GOOTEE

Photo By: Aaron Graubart

Photo By: Aaron Graubart

Photo By: Aaron Graubart

Photo By: Aaron Graubart

Photo By: Philip Friedman

The House

“We love the fresh feel of our modern farmhouse, which we had built. The wide wood steps, the white paint and blue door, and the tall windows are all just so welcoming," say homeowners Katie and Matt Bellerino. Plus, the porch railing has a custom crisscross design adding a touch of unique charm. “The railing is one of our favorite things about our home’s exterior,” says Matt.

With a traditional Southern garden in mind, the Bellerinos lined the front of their home with a neat row of boxwood. The azaleas behind them add texture.

Built: 2015

Size: 3,100 sq. ft.

House Paint

Chantilly Lace

Buy It: Benjamin Moore

Porch Floor and Treads Paint

Front Porch

Buy It: Sherwin-Williams

Front Door

Katie had this color in mind basically since childhood. “When I was growing up in California, I used to walk by the most cheerful blue-green door,” she says. Adds Matt, “We hope it gives off the vibe that happy people live here.” (MP Doors 3/4-lite fiberglass patio door)

Buy It: Home Depot, $1,686

Front Door Paint

Mint Condition

Buy It: Sherwin-Williams

Pineapple Doormat

Entryways Pineapple 24" x 60" coir doormat

Buy It: Hayneedle, $58

House Numbers

Rock Creek Modern 4"-tall aluminum house numbers in brushed finish

Buy It: Rejuvenation, $40

Rustic Lantern

Imax Weather Vane iron and wood lanterns (large, shown, is 12-1/2"W x 12-1/2"D x 39"H)

Buy It: Wayfair, $218 (for a mixed set of 2)

Patterned Planters

A pair with a stylish geometric pattern flank the porch steps. They’re filled with hot pink vinca flowers, which thrive in the sun. (Debossed Tribal 9"-tall dolomite planter in yellow)

Buy It: Birch Lane, $32

The House

“When we designed our new home, we blended the traditional look of local historic houses with the industrial vibe of the warehouse district. There’s a cool yet timeless effect," say homeowners, Heather and Erik Pfefferle.

As for the front door, Erik made it himself with reclaimed heart pinewood, modeled after vintage ones in the area. The walnut-color stain stands out against the green exterior.

In the yard, shrubs and grasses — boxwood, fringeflower, mondo grass and muhly grass — bring variety without overpowering.“We have crazy weather patterns here in NOLA, so we chose plants that can withstand the cold and extreme heat,” says Erik.

Built: 2013

Size: 3,800 sq. ft.

House Paint

Green Smoke

Buy It: Farrow & Ball

Trim Paint

Cooking Apple Green

Buy It: Farrow & Ball

Gray Shutters

“A lot of homes in the area have louvered shutters, so we opted to be a little unconventional,” says Erik. “The board-and-batten kind painted dark gray have a more modern style.” (TimberCraft Spaced Board-n-Batten 36" x 17-1/4" cedar shutters with z-bars)

Buy It: Architectural Depot, $89

Shutters Paint

Urbane Bronze

Buy It: Sherwin-Williams

House Numbers

Atlas Homewares Modern Avalon 4-1/2"-tall zinc house numbers in brushed nickel finish

Buy It: Build, $19 each

Black Pendant

Capital Lighting Avondale 11"W x 11"D x 21-1/4"H metal pendant in black finish

Buy It: Lumens, $310

Bronze Lantern

Malta 10"W x 10"D x 30"H metal lantern in bronze finish

Buy It: Pottery Barn, $119

Black Planters

Two planters on the steps hold African irises, which bloom white flowers in spring and otherwise blend in with the other grassy plants. The matte black color almost matches the steps — sleek! (Deltoro 9"H x 10-1/2"-diameter ceramic planter in black)

Buy It: Wayfair, $49

“We’re both New Orleans natives, and we wanted a home that reflected our city’s charm. The formal landscaping, arches and brick path make it really special," say homeowners Terry and Joe Drolla. The fact that the porch is two stories and has arches originally sketched out by Terry aren’t its only allure — it’s outfitted with speakers, and Terry and Joe often listen to music here.

As well, Terry likes to mix up the flowers in the planters and window boxes throughout the year. “These pink and white kinds soften our manicured landscaping,” she says. In the flower beds, lily of the Nile offer hints of light purple. The couple used bricks recovered from demolition projects for their walkway and porch. “The faded color completes the historic feel we were after,” says Terry.

Built: 2014

Size: 3,200 sq. ft.

House Paint

Greek Villa

Buy It: Sherwin-Williams

Trim Paint

Snowbound

Buy It: Sherwin-Williams

Shutters Paint

Coastal Fog

Buy It: Benjamin Moore

Mahogany Door

The Drollas had their door made from mahogany; Terry was inspired by one she spotted in an architectural salvage store. She sealed it with an outdoor stain. (IWP Aurora A112 fiberglass door)

Buy It: Jen-Weld, $4,180

Hand-Woven Doormat

Entryways Williamsburg Topiary 22" x 35" coir doormat

Buy It: Hayneedle, $80

House Numbers

Gatehouse 5"-tall metal house numbers in matte black

Buy It: Lowe's, $4 each

Antique Lantern

It’s a replica of the gas lanterns that once lit the French Quarter. At night the flickering flame looks lovely from the street. (Bourbon Street 15"-tall copper lantern in antique finish with yoke bracket)

Buy It: French Market Lanterns, $609

The House

“When I repainted a couple years ago, I went with the same color scheme but made the gray concrete porch purple, one of the colors of Mardi Gras. Bike tours often ride by my house and people snap pictures!” says Clare Brown, homeowner. She changes her porch flag regularly. “I have flags for Mardi Gras, the Saints, Jazz Fest and more,” she says. This one, the New Orleans flag, is always in season.

To play off the porch color, Clare planted purple petunias with some yellow horned pansies in the white pots on either side of the steps. In the yard, Clare kept the sago palms, grassy-leaved sweet flag and indian hawthorn that came with the house, since they're a low-maintenance bunch. The sago palm next to the porch has a lively tropical vibe.

Built: 1933

Bought: 2008

Size: 1,773 sq. ft.

House Paint

Svelte Sage

Buy It: Sherwin-Williams

Porch Floor and Steps

Poetry Plum

Buy It: Sherwin-Williams

Trim Paint

Creamy

Buy It: Sherwin-Williams

Front Door and Window Trim Paint

Antique Red

Buy It: Sherwin-Williams

Striped Doormat

Threshold Welcome 23" x 35" coir doormat

Buy It: Target, $20

House Numbers

First Impression 8" x 12" metal address plaque in rust

Buy It: Etsy: UrbanMettel, $130

Red Swing

“In New Orleans, porches are for catching up with neighbors,” says Clare. A red perch is particularly irresistible. (Spengler Traditional English 52"-wide plastic porch swing in red)

Buy It: Wayfair, $510

Blue Patterned Pillow

Surya Arabesque 16" x 16" polyester pillow in indigo blue and ivory

Buy It: Sky Iris, $72