I'm hoping someone may have some suggestions. We just bought this house last spring and this summer we want to do some updating to the outside. We're on a very tight budget so we need to try to get the most bang for our buck. What bothers me the most is the two "shutter doors" on the top floor between the windows. They're just decorative and don't open. I suspect they were originally placed there to balance out the two bedroom windows on the left and right. There was no option for a big matching window in the middle because the shower is right behind that wall.
Overall my thought was to repaint all the dark brown trim, those decorative shutter doors, the shutters, and the garage door a creamy off-white to lighten things up. I'd also like to change the main body paint, but it's in good shape so I think we'll just have to leave that for now. Another option was to remove some or all of the shutters to make the house look a little more current and then look into installing some nice trim around the windows. At the very least I think I'll want to take off the shutters beside those decorative shutter doors, although I hope the middle won't suddenly look too "empty." I definitely want to paint the brick around the garage door to match the main body colour of the house.
Does anyone have any other thoughts about this plan, what to do with those decorative shutter doors in the middle, or further suggestions? Thanks for any help! Corinne