Country music singer Lainey Wilson is known for her musical and acting talents (most recently following her debut in Paramount Network's Yellowstone) – but a look at her home's exterior suggests she has a flare for exterior design, too.
The Louisiana-born, Nashville-made songwriter (who won Female Vocalist of the Year at the 2022 Country Music Awards) shared a glimpse at her home in the Country Music capital – and it begins with an unexpected lesson in curb appeal.
In some ways, Lainey's front porch (seen below) follows timeless color conventions – exhibiting an off-white railing, banisters, and front door that make a welcome contrast against the brick façade. However, the singer has interrupted the neutral palette by painting her window shutters a deep red/brown maroon – a hue – that experts say – brings a Mediterranean-inspired twist to the center of Tenessee.
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Jemma Saunders, a color consultant from Sadolin & Sandtex, says that colors such as reds, browns, and oranges create a 'Mediterranean-themed space' – and these colors can be used 'regardless' of your porch's size. In Lainey Wilson's case, the maroon paint marks juxtaposition against the cream banister – while completing the brown brick seen on the front of her house.
'We are seeing a shift to a new softer, gentler contrast between colors and natural materials. It doesn’t have to be black and white; feel free to mix other colors together for an updated look,' adds Mark Ayes, the senior vice president of marketing at Therma-Tru.
Mark Ayes is a curb-appeal expert from Ohio-based door company Therma-Tru. With his team, Mark works to supply building professionals with revolutionary doors that is the 'leading entry door brand' in the US.
In choosing maroon paint, Lainey is creating a contrast on her porch as a whole – but the similarity between the brown bricks and deep red shutters demonstrates how to curate a sleek, cohesive scheme –capable of making a memorable first impression.
'Consider whether you want hardware to be a “statement” or to blend in, depending on the architectural style of your home,' Mark adds. 'Then, balance this with the other details and architectural accents on your exterior.'
When looking for paint colors for the exterior of your house, you contrast – go cohesive – or both (if you're following Lainey's lead). Whatever you choose, however, Mark says that it's important to choose a paint that will 'weather the seasons' – and look good for years to come. We're starting (and ending) our search with this similar maroon, designed for exteriors) below.
Is this the season to design a dramatic porch? It's almost impossible not to follow in Lainey Wilson's lead...
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Megan is the News and Trends Editor at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes. As the News Editor, she often focuses on emerging microtrends, sleep and wellbeing stories, and celebrity-focused pieces. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.
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