Tips to Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal

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Tips to Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Even if it may seem like an unimportant thing to you, homes that have appealing front views are usually sold faster, they lift the mood of the visitors and they are more welcoming. And even though you are not currently planning to sell your home, you should still consider working on its exterior. From small things such as house numbers, front doors and porch furnishings all the way to landscaping, colour schemes and basic repairs, there is always something to do around there. The time has come to finally do some work and doll this place up. Tips to boost your home’s curb appeal you never knew you needed.

Dress up your front door

Doors are the focal point of your home’s curb appeal. The first step would be cleaning them off: get rid of all the dirty spots around the knocker and the knob, and use a metal polish on all the fixtures. To make them really pop, try painting them in bold colours such as maybe fire red, or maybe even install a brand new custom wooden door.

Replace the old hardware

Dirty and dingy house numbers, a rusty and broken mailbox and poor overhead lighting at your front door can ruin the curb appeal of your home big time, even though they are ‘tiny’. These elements are the jewellery of your home, and with that being said, it is time to splurge on brand new shiny house numbers, a modern mailbox to go with them and a cool and strong pendant light for your front door.

Tips to Boost Your Home's Curb Appeal

Lighting matters

Front door lighting is not the only form of lighting that should be incorporated into your front yard. Your home can look beautiful both during the day and during the night. You can illuminate your front entryway and make your door the focal point of your home with a couple of subtle gas lamps. Next, you can incorporate an outdoor step lighting to make it easier for your visitors and to make your steps look way better. You can also illuminate your trees, your house numbers, your garden and your garage. At the end, you will definitely be amazed by the results.

Tips to Boost Your Home's Curb Appeal

Create symmetry

Besides being extremely pleasant to the eye, symmetry is also the simplest to arrange. Go all the way: from light fixtures and front door accents, all the way to flowers in your garden. The Taj Mahal did not become one of the biggest tourist attractions in the world by accident. Its symmetry is enchanting the visitors from the moment it was built.  

New façade

Give your local portable scaffolding company a call because it is time to give your façade a new makeover. When choosing the elements, note that it’s all about the balance. There are many key elements such as look, style, materials, lighting, features and landscaping, and they should all tie together with one another in order to create a story about your home.

When it comes to choosing the perfect façade style for your home, you need to rethink your own style and personality. Are you more into modern and contemporary, or classic and traditional? YOU are the first person who should love your new façade. The same goes for materials. Hop in your car, and look around your town for inspiration. You will have a clear picture when you see these materials in person.

When it comes to colours, most important is that they are simple to clean, that they go well with the rest of your home and that they are overall aesthetically pleasing. Go with a light and soft colour for the base, and with a stronger one for the focal points.

Finally, the landscaping and the lighting. You don’t just want your façade to look good during daytime, you also want it to look BOMB during nighttime. And in order to make your home a centrepiece of your street, incorporate a couple of soft wall lights that will enhance the beauty of your façade. And when it comes to landscaping, choose plants that will complement the style of your façade.

Instant garden

There is nothing that adds a welcoming feel and that colourful curb appeal to a home exterior like container gardens do. Pretty, quick and affordable, they are definitely something worth considering. You can either get those ready-made containers or create one all by yourself with your favourite plants.

Tips to Boost Your Home's Curb Appeal

Outdoor art

Besides plants, lighting fixtures, facades, colours – what one front yard really needs is some art. Finish your home’s curb appeal off with a couple of weather resistant artworks that complement your home’s colour palette such as metal cutouts, birdbaths, wind chimes etc.

As you can see, increasing your home’s curb appeal is not that hard at all – you just need some inspiration and imagination.

Derek Lotts

Derek Lotts is a regular contributor at Smooth Decorator and writes about décor, gardening, recycling, ecology and everything related to home improvement.

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