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18 Ways to Capture Palm Springs Curb Appeal

Feb 22 2014 - 6:01am

While exploring Palm Springs Modernism Week [1], I took a detour to cruise some of the most covetable neighborhoods the city has to offer, like Movie Colony East [2] and the Historic Tennis Club [3], where it's all about brilliant curb appeal. From sculptural front steps to pastel-colored cacti gardens, each home has at least one eye-catching characteristic. See the most awe-inspiring ideas for upping your home's curb appeal — Palm Springs style!

Plant a Palm Tree — or a Dozen!

Sure, having an A-line roof will secure retro curb appeal, but introducing some towering palm trees is just as impactful.

Go For a Graphic Gate

A Hollywood Regency-style gate feels exponentially more glamorous in jet black.

Soften Your Cinderblocks

Concrete suddenly feels earthy when coupled with reclaimed wood and leafy greens.

Create a Camouflage Effect

Architect Richard Neutra's iconic Kaufmann House practically disappears into the landscape thanks to the sandy flagstone path and rock garden.

Add Colorful Cacti

Who needs flowers when you have purple cacti?

Have Fun With Front Steps

In 1966, Elvis Presley leased this home to escape the Hollywood spotlight and honeymoon with his new bride, Priscilla.

Stay Square

If cascading circle steps seem too over the top, try the opposite route with broad square steps.

Embrace Whimsical Pruning

Blink and you might think you've stepped into a Dr. Seuss book. Pruned in the shape of polka dots, these trees put modern style first.

Go Green

A wall lined with hedges lends a secret-garden feel to this entrance.

White Everything

Even the most ornate ironwork feels remarkably fresh in a coat of white paint.

Landscape With a Lamp Post

Forget subtle pathway lighting. This globe-shaped lamppost makes a '60s statement.

Connect the Dots

Just because your yard is lawn-less doesn't mean it has to lack style. Go graphic with a path made from stone circles.

Go Wild With Bougainvillea

An abundance of bougainvillea is never a bad thing, but you'll score bonus points for using it to frame your entrance.

Match Your Mailbox

Pops of orange transform both the mailbox and the door.

Beautify With Boxwood

One of our favorite tips for tricking out track-house walls is to camouflage them with climbing foliage. For a midcentury twist, try substituting boxwood for ivy.

Upgrade Your Wheels

Let's face it. A midcentury home looks even better with a beauty like this parked on the sidewalk.

Opt For Stylish Security

With the right pattern, iron doors can feel utterly upscale.

Paint Something Pink

You don't have to paint your entire house pink, but we highly recommend painting an accent wall or even a front door with this feminine hue.

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