The appeal of curb appeal in Chicago

Whether trying to sell your home or make simple changes, curb appeal is a must.

One aspect that drew me to my current home was the arched entryway. I can only imagine the stories that passed through this home since 1929. It was installed the year of the depression. Can you imagine? Anyhoo, besides the great history, it is pure solid wood and custom built for MY home. LOVING IT!!

Here is a photo from 2012. My beautiful door and my then first graders’ first day of school.

But, even though I fell in love with the beauty of this door, I always wanted it to have a color. If you know me, you know I love color. Yet, I have been torn for eight years. I am very protective over original wood but for eight years I have stared at my dark wood doors and dreamed about it’s color. Finally, I decided it was time. The dark wood doors were just not me. They don’t represent who I am inside my home. I want the curb appeal to be on overall reflection of the inside too.

Now, if you are thinking of putting your home on the market to sell, step back and take a good look at your curb appeal. Maybe you don’t have it in your budget to add a ton of new landscaping but a freshly painted door goes along way. I always consider my clients front doors when looking to sell. I want their homes to be memorable when they have those buyers who just need to drive by first.

But, you must be careful. It is very easy to paint a door the wrong color. If you follow me on Pinterest you know that I have been researching paint colors for at least a year.

In the mean time, here are some of my favorite colors that inspired me along the way.

London Designer Armory Brown


Real Simple

Sarah Hicks Malone


House Beautiful

Cottage Living



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