A playful, oversize house number in a punchy color breaks up sober straight lines; the rectangular knocker and cylindrical sconce match the spareness of the door. Easy-care maiden grass warms up the scene while respecting its graphic ethos.
To buy: Cans and Bullets wall sconce (12 by 4½ inches), $129, kichler.com for stores. Mission door knocker (5½ by 2¼ inches), $119.50, atlashomewares.com. Bingo house number (17½ by 13½ inches), $185, curranonline.com. Jardiniere planter (16 inches), $240, bauerpottery.com. Electric Stripe Shag mat, $45, chilewich.com. Paint on front door: Premium Plus Ultra Exterior in Sweet Mandarin S-G-220 (similar to shown), from $33 a gallon, behr.com for stores.
With a stately door, choose equally imposing accessories: a regal light fixture, a matte-brass lion knocker, and a generous semicircular doormat. Tall, proper topiaries (you can buy them at any good nursery) echo the symmetry of the slender sidelights.
To buy: Cardinal brass hanging lantern (24 by 10¼ inches), $6,890, urbanarchaeology.com for stores. For a similar look, try the Costa Del Sol wrought-iron lantern (54 by 12 inches), $1,392, allmodernlighting.com. Brass Lion door knocker (7½ by 4 inches), $118, csnstores.com. The Hillman Group Traditional house numbers in brass (4 inches), $3 each, homedepot.com. Manor Sunburst doormat, $79.50, frontgate.com. Grosseto Vase planters, $250 each, horchow.com. Paint for front door: Benjamin Moore Impervex Metal & Wood Enamel in black (similar to shown), $60 a gallon, benjaminmoore.com for stores.
Quaint accessories—a copper gooseneck light, hammered house numbers, and a sly fox (at eye level)—play up the country character of painted shingles and stone steps. Twining mandevilla vines (buy small or large and just lean the supports against the house) and lavender in weathered pots add a sweet, slightly unbridled feel.
To buy: Dots in Color coir doormat, $33, amazon.com. Avalon door knocker in brushed nickel (6 by 7¼ inches), $109, atlashomewares.com. Signo stainless-steel house numbers by Blomus (5½ inches), $22 each, allmodern.com. Khios ceramic wall sconce (9¾ by 8 inches), $140, a19.com for stores.
To buy: Welcome coir doormat, no longer available. Ring door knocker in forged brass (5½ by 4¼ inches), $119, baldwinhardware.com for store locations. Garamond house numbers in bronze with oxidized dark finish (6 inches), $91 each, westonletters.com. Baxter Old World aluminum pendant (13¼ by 8 inches), $139, quoruminternational.com for stores.
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More Cottage Options
For cottage, bungalow, saltbox, Cape Cod, farmhouse, and craftsman homes.
To buy: Hare coir-and-PVC doormat, $202, droog.com. Magnolia door knocker in brass (9½ by 9½ inches), $230, colbysmith.net. Verdi house numbers in brass (4 inches), $10 each, restorationhardware.com. Seaside outdoor lantern in olde brick (7½ by 6 inches), $52.50, kichler.com for stores.