How to Achieve Mid-Century Curb Appeal

Few eras in American history have given rise to more iconic decorating styles than the 1950s and 1960s. Today, these eras have led to the popularity of the mid-century modern look. Hallmarked by clean lines, sleek finishes, and lots of wood, this style works for both authentic mid-century homes and current builds intended to replicate them. If you want to amp up your home’s mid-century curb appeal, the following tips will help you.

Don’t play with too much color.

Mid-century modern style is all about crisp color schemes that play-up the lines and geometric shapes for which this sort of architecture is famous. Complicated paint jobs, or too many different colors, can detract from important architectural features. Therefore, it’s best to stick with neutral shades, such as white, grey, and slate blue. You might also want to include a wood feature wall to add texture.

You can, however, add pops of color to draw the eye to your house. Finding a great pair of bold red or yellow outdoor chairs in a classic mid-century style is a great way to brighten things up. You might also want to consider choosing a colorful front door that contrasts with the neutral shades that are primarily featured on the exterior of your home.

Go big (when it comes to your house number).

Large, san-serif house numbers have a decidedly mid-century look. Picking oversized numbers in a font like Helvetica will not only make it easy for visitors to find the right address but will make your home look like it stepped right out of a 1960s television series.

Add a carport.

Carports were a staple in the 1950s and 1960s. If your home was built during these decades, you might already have one, but it’s likely to need upgrading and remodeling after all these years. If your home is a new build crafted in a mid-century style, asking your builder to include a carport will give it an authentic vibe. Not only are carports true to the mid-century era, but they are actually quite useful. They can prevent hail from damaging your automobile and can provide a space for extra storage.

Play-up your garage door.

Although not all mid-century modern homes feature garages, those that do tend to have prominently placed garage doors, if your house has a garage, make sure the door is a focal point! You can opt to paint it an eye-catching color, choose a cool wood door that adds mid-century appeal, or even find a vintage entry from the 1950s or 1960s that fits your opening.

The team at Hatch Homes has long been helping families throughout North Carolina and South Carolina create their dream homes, no matter what style they’ve fallen in love with. If you want to add mid-century style to your house’s exterior, give us a call today. We’ll get your preliminary consultation set up, and we will get started on your project as soon as possible. You’re well on your way to feeling like a Mad Men extra every time you come home!

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