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Beach Cottage Curb Appeal
A small beach bungalow gets a bright and colorful exterior makeover.
This colorful beach cottage welcomes relaxed living at its best, drawing inspiration from its natural surroundings. Fresh flowers, bright colors and eclectic patterns play well together and infuse this home with colorful beach cottage curb-appeal. When Senior Interior Designer Marisela Contreras, of Jackson Design and Remodeling, began working on the design for this beach cottage, she... Keep Scrolling
Written by JESSIE YOUNT
Photography by BRET GUM
Styling by Styling


This colorful beach cottage welcomes relaxed living at its best, drawing inspiration from its natural surroundings. Fresh flowers, bright colors and eclectic patterns play well together and infuse this home with colorful beach cottage curb-appeal. When Senior Interior Designer Marisela Contreras, of Jackson Design and Remodeling, began working on the design for this beach cottage, she aimed to incorporate these cheerful color themes into the home. Working with Anne, the San Diego homeowner of 19 years, she selected décor pieces, furnishings and colors that reflect Anne’s personal tastes.

White picket fences and a bright blue exterior bring this charming beach cottage to life.
COTTAGE COMPLETE. The home’s exterior was transformed with bright-blue paint, shake shingles, a lime-green door and newly installed windows. The new design truly captures Anne’s vibrant personality, and the coast’s wild and colorful nature.

The new look starts with a pop at the front door. the exterior was transformed with bright-blue shake shingles in a whimsical pattern and a door in a chipper lime green.

Wooden slatted front porch with white railing and a swinging wooden bench swing with colorful beach inspired pillows and accents.
REFRESHED & RELAXED. The newly renovated front porch includes a serene seating area for guests to enjoy. Colorful aqua, coral and blue pillows dress up the hanging porch swing.

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A POP OF COLOR

The cottage exterior was in a state of disrepair when the Jackson and Design Remodeling team happened upon it. Rather than opting for the traditional beach cottage colors, Anne opted for fun and vibrant colors. The new look starts with a pop at the front door. The exterior was transformed with bright blue shake-shingle siding and a chipper lime green door. While the bright blue is unconventional, Anne’s sister gave her all the encouragement she needed when she declared, “That color is you.”

Vibrant chartreuse colored front door with white trim against a coastal inspired blue exterior paint for a charming home entry.
LOOKIN’ FINE IN LIME. The renovation included installing a new door and windows to update the home’s functionality. The front door is the shade Tequila Lime paint by Benjamin Moore to invite guests in with a bright splash of color. Decorative accessories, including a pineapple welcome mat and ceramic turtle, add small doses of beachy style.

These bright colors are perfectly at home in the seaside neighborhood and create a welcoming entrance. The cheerful exterior makes the front porch usable and enjoyable for the long talks and lounging that often happen there.

DESIGN TIPS FOR COLORFUL BEACH COTTAGE CURB-APPEAL

While a small interior will benefit from light colors, the exterior is the perfect place to be bold and add lots of color. When it comes to achieving balance, she says: “Mix vintage finds with modern fixtures to give a rustic twist to the ordinary.”

Hanging sand dollar and starfish wind chime and bright throw pillows on the wooden bench swing.
SEASHELL. Natural textures and materials are a big part of adorning a porch. Here a shell-and-sea star windchime brings a lively touch to the outdoor sanctuary.

Want more simply beautiful ideas? Check out this post on How to Boost Curb Appeal. 

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