One of the things I noticed while spending time in Basque Country (Spain and France) is that on the French side many many homes had the added touch of shutters. I love them. Here's a few homes (somewhere in Provence - sorry, lost the link) that I felt drawn to - it might be the shutters.
I think shutters create such a feel that says, "Welcome. It's warm and cozy and delightful inside." Are there shutters on your home? If so, what color? My barn has some cute vintage shutters here.