When you see a large expensive home that you absolutely love, what features of the curb appeal do you love the most? Is it large double doors surrounded by tall windows? How about a grand porch with a beautiful swing? Columns? Who doesn’t love grand tall columns? Large estate homes have many of these types of features. And while these million dollar homes may be beyond our reach, we can mimic the design in our own more modest homes.
When you think of your home’s entry way, what comes to mind; a door with peeling paint? Weed filled overgrown landscaping? These small things can make a big impact on your home’s curb appeal. You can actually mimic those beautiful elements of big fine homes on your own home. Here are some ways to spruce up your curb appeal.
One of the quickest and easiest ways to improve your home’s curb appeal is to give it a fresh coat of paint. Unless you live in a specific style of home; going with a neutral paint palette is probably best. White trim always gives a painted home a clean finished look. If you live in an historic area, you may need to check with local historical society to see what paint colors are allowed. That goes for living in neighborhoods with homeowner’s associations. Don’t make an investment on paint until you get the appropriate approval from the powers that be.
Flowers and greenery
If you have soil that makes it difficult to plant lots of green plants and flowers, you can always use beautiful planters. Container gardening is an easy way to add live plants to your space. Just be sure to choose plants that thrive without direct sunlight if covered by the porch roof.
Plant in the landscape beds where you can and feel free to add those containers of greenery and color. Planting flower beds or placing pots filled with begonia, fuchsia, and other fantastic front door plants around your entryway gives a welcome to all who come by. There are even artificial topiaries in beautiful containers that can be purchased to give a no fuss yet beautiful entry way. If you prefer live plants but don’t have much of a green thumb, consider hiring a landscaper to do the work for you.
Another great way to improve your home’s curb appeal is to add details to your windows. If you have street facing windows, consider adding snap in mullions to give an expensive, polished overall look. This is an inexpensive way to give amazing style. If your windows have fogged double panes or other damage, you may want to consider replacing them with more energy efficient ones. A siding and replacement windows specialist can help you decide what is right for you climate.
Lighted pathways and stair cases are always pretty at night. It is also much less dangerous than an entry that has inadequate lighting when coming home at night. Dramatic porch lighting is a great way to add drama to your home’s entry. Add colored lighting to your landscaping and have the lights shine up the sides of your home for a surprising splash of color. The addition of Edison lights around the perimeter of your porch looks great year around. Outdoor lights give your home a sense of warmth any season.
Even adding fairy lights to your trees give a sense of magic any time of year. This lighting isn’t really enough to use as primary light, it’s specifically for ambience. It’s simply used to make things pretty. You can put the lights on a timer to come on at dusk and to turn off before midnight. That way you aren’t really impacting your energy use, but you’re adding a special quality to your curb appeal.
If you want to wow the neighbors; consider adding a water feature to your property. This could be a simple fountain or even a small pond. Water features add charm and and can offer a bit of a relaxing oasis to boot. Just remember that you can’t just add the feature and forget it. Depending on the fountain or pond you install, it will take maintenance over time. It’s important to keep the water fresh and treated with the appropriate chemicals necessary to keep it fresh.
Make your front door stand out
You may not have thought much about your entry door, but it can be a focal point of your curb appeal. A worn out, peeling, or dirty front door creates the illusion that the interior will also be worn and tired. Add a fresh coat of paint to your front door in a dramatic color to catch the eye. Think of adding a brass kick plate and hardware to up your front door game even more.
Upping your curb appeal game doesn’t have to take tons of money. Your home should be a source of pride for you so take the time to make it as beautiful on the outside as it is on the inside.