20 Homes With Curb Appeal & Gorgeous Details You Can Steal (PHOTOS)

20 Homes With Curb Appeal & Gorgeous Details You Can Steal (PHOTOS)

yellow house with picket fenceFrom the front walk to the front door, these 20 inspiring homes all have details drool-worthy enough to stop traffic in their neighborhoods. We've gathered homes from coast to coast, from big to small, and from classic to modern. They all have winning design elements that take a home from ho hum to simply divine!

If you're looking for some curbside sparkle, try translating some of these design ideas for your own home. Whimsy, drama, charm, and polish may be just a paint color, stone path, or garden away.


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  • Glossy Black Doors


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    Bold use of color on this San Francisco Victorian gives the home star quality. The bright blue and yellow are standout choices, but the super-glossy black doors are the exclamation points.

  • White Picket Fence


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    This Southern California home shows some old-school charm with a white picket fence, trellised front walk, and classic bright red door. Love the potted topiaries flanking the door!

  • Tropical Punch


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    This Northern California home feels more like Hawaii with its vine-draped trellis and palm. The secluded walk leads to a grand double door. 

  • Ivy & Orange


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    This Miami home is painted a sun-drenched shade of orange. All that saturated color is balanced by the ivy-covered stairs. Love the tile faces on the steps -- a great way to add character and color.

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  • Modern Edge


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    How cool is this? The oversized glass door on this Bay Area home pivots open to provide oversized drama! 

  • Villa Beauty


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    This Florida home is a gorgeous example of a Mediterranean villa. With its exotic wood, the rounded door shows the power of a dramatic door to light up an entire house. The herringbone brick pattern also looks great.

  • Old-World Charm


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    This Pennsylvania home packs on the charm with its stone construction, wisteria-covered trellis, and robins-egg blue front door. Enchanting!

  • Pretty Patriotic


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    These Washington, DC, homes punch it up with cheery paint colors. The red and blue side-by-side front doors stand out and are sure to drive away the winter doldrums.

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  • The Sante Fe Way


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    This Sante Fe stunner seduces with its private, multi-level front walk. It's romantic and mysterious at the same time. 

  • Creole Cottage


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    This circa-1840s New Orleans home is both stately and quaint. The French blue window shutters, decorative fleur-de-lys, and potted topiaries give this home European flair.

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  • Rock Wall


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    This Cape Cod "gentelman's estate" may be grand, but this adorable stone wall and charming wooden gate are fit for a fairy tale -- and totally doable!

  • Craftsman Jewel


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    The jewel-like door on this Oakland, California, home is one of a kind and totally beautiful. A good reminder that sometimes more is more!

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  • Mystery & Magic


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    A little mystery is a good thing. The front of this Montecito home entices with rustic wooden doors set into plaster walls. An enchanting courtyard lies just beyond. 

  • Zen-Like Modernism


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    A Zen-like stone garden with a dramatic black-wall fountain ushers you into this San Francisco home's clean, modern beauty.  

  • Sunny Charmer


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    This little Napa Valley cottage has big-time charm, and you can steal this recipe! Yellow paint, white picket fence and trim, matching trees, and a rose garden are all it takes!

  • Tudor-licious


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    This home in L.A.'s Hancock Park is a Tudor dream, but a few design details give the home extra appeal: the flagstone path, symmetrical trees, potted urns, and curved yard. 

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  • Native Landscape


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    Yeah, the adobe house is magical, but it's nothing without this simple yet dramatic front walk flanked by gorgeous native plants. Okay, the giant square entryway is pretty awesome, too.

  • Romantic Iron Work


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    This Southern California villa is made extra romantic thanks to the scrolling wrought iron gates and balcony rail. Also love the stone path and terracotta porch.

  • Southern Shutters


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    Located in New Orleans's historic Garden District, this classic southern home has a great front porch. And Southerners know shutters offer more than storm protection. They also look great!

  • Great Gate


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    This craftsman-style home in Santa Monica gets showcased by its beautifully designed front fence and gate. The warm wood colors contrast beautifully with the landscape. The craftsman lanterns are lovely.

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