Curb Appeal: Beating the Winter Blues in Ashmont Hill

An Ashmont Hill home that combats seasonal dreariness with a vibrant hue.

Ashmont Hill

Photo by Danielle Ossher

Winter may have taken its toll on the streets of Boston, but even a hearty blanket of snow can’t dampen the sharp street style of this Ashmont Hill two-family. Tucked in the Dorchester neighborhood known for its architectural charm, it combines the best of two eras: historic stature and features with an of-the-moment outlook.

Classic Shingle Style elements define the exterior: the cross-gabled roofline, multiple eaves, and large, inviting porches. It’s a familiar theme in the neighborhood, but what elevates this facade is the enviable shade of blue that spans the continuous wooden shingles.

The rich, vibrant hue not only showcase the historic beauty and lovely pattern of the varied shingles, but also gives the home a refreshingly current character. The white trim, offset by the blue lattice under the deck, provides an ideal contrast that further highlights its unique architectural heritage. The overall look is flawlessly finished with a few subtle, modern accents—midcentury house numbers and a sleek, stainless steel mailbox.

The best part of this wonderfully inviting exterior is just how easily it inspires, no matter your home’s bones. This stunning hue transcends season and styles, and many paint brands offer similarly alluring colors (like Maxi Teal by Sherwin Williams) that can brighten your exterior too. Don’t shy away from refreshing white lattice with a bold upgrade—it’s a quick change that can make a big difference. And mix styles confidently for a timeless look with sleek finishing touches like Design Within Reach’s Neutra House Numbers and Umbra’s Mailbox:

DWR HouseNumbers

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Umbra Mailbox

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