Garden Designers Roundtable: A Fashionable Address

I’ve often said the least expensive way to spruce up or create a dramatic space is with stain and paint. It’s so inexpensive that if you don’t like it, you can afford to change it. Pair that with one of the most neglected areas of the landscape–house numbers–and there’s a multitude of fun, frugal and fashionable solutions.

Here are a few of my favorites. There are scores of DIY hints on how to do this yourself, so follow the links if you want specific instructions.

I love the addition of the No. in these two examples.

The image above is from Nesting Notions, but really great, easy to follow instructions with pictures can be found here.

There are lots of variations on the pots above. Easy to follow instructions can be found here.  Martha Stewart also has some for non-painted terra cotta planters.

For a more contemporary look, super graphics can be fun and can add to what otherwise might be stark architecture.

painted house numbers

Australian architects ODR broke up the monotony of these courtyard walls with a bold super graphic house number.  The choice of a traditional serif font here is important.  There are many, many choices for letter styles…choose carefully!

 An otherwise drab urban wall in enlived by this super-sized yellow digit!  via new focus

Large numbers can also work in a more traditional setting, but the font has to be appropriate to the place, so remember to choose carefully and  if you don’t like it you can always paint it over.  This one from Shelterness uses the same techniques found in the first set of numbers, but uses a much larger stencil.

If you’re really, really brave and the setting is appropriate, this uber sized address is a possibility. On the Offspring store in London.  The image is from Pinterest.

Super graphic address number

More inspiration for house numbers of all kinds can be found on my Pinterest board What’s Your Number and other designer’s Cheap and Chic ideas for your garden can be found on from these other Roundtable designers:

Lesley Hegarty & Robert Webber : Hegarty Webber Partnership : Bristol, UK\

Andrew Keys : Garden Smackdown : Boston, MA

Deborah Silver : Dirt Simple : Detroit, MI

Rochelle Greayer : Studio ‘g’ : Boston, MA

4 thoughts on “Garden Designers Roundtable: A Fashionable Address

  1. True Thomas, but perhaps they can make a humdrum door into something that inspires its surroundings. And maybe, just maybe all except the architect designed courtyard were frogs before their numbers made them princes.

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