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How to Improve Ugly Exterior?

We recently bought this house, love the inside, hate the exterior. Pics attached. It is a sort of split level/colonial hybrid. The front porch has black wrought iron railing, concrete steps, and a flagstone floor. The exterior is white wood siding with white/gray stone veneer at the bottom. The garage and front doors were once black and white but have been (poorly) painted a “wood-look” brown. We would like to find some ways to brighten up the exterior and make it warmer without having to replace siding or doors. I hate the color of the stones, can we paint them?  Should we change the color of the siding? Add shutters? Paint the iron on the porch? Add columns instead? I am at a loss! TIA.

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