Your home, your castle – give your home some kerb appeal!
Who doesn’t love the feel of a new carpet being fitted? Or how fresh and new a simple lick of paint can look and make you feel? Everyone loves adding something new to their home or just refreshing it from time to time, but what about the outside of the house?
Often neglected, the front of your house really does play an important role. It helps enforce the feel of the neighbourhood, it’s also a huge indicator as to what the inside might look like. So why not help match the inside with the outside and give your home some much needed tlc? Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Numbers, plaques & names
If you ever needed a new door sign then now is the time to get one! It doesn’t have to be large and elaborate, but a well-made, smart looking door number or sign is a great start. And it’ll make it easier for the postman too!
When it comes to door signs, most sign makers will give you a blank canvas. Everything from the shape to the colours to the font style is your choice. The only limit is your imagination.
Dress up the front door
Your home’s front entry is the focal point of its curb appeal. Make a statement by giving your front door a blast of colour with paint or by installing a custom wood door. Clean off any dirty spots around the knob, and use metal polish on the door fixtures.
Install outdoor lighting
Low-voltage landscape lighting makes a huge impact on your home’s kerb appeal while also providing safety and security. Fixtures can add accent lighting to trees or the house or can illuminate a walking path. If you aren’t able to use lights that require wiring, install solar fixtures but remember the light won’t be as bright.
Create an instant garden
Flower pots and boxes add a welcoming feel and colourful kerb appeal to any home exterior – quickly and affordably. You can buy ready-made containers from garden centres or create your own with your favourite plants.
Renew your planters and put life back into your garden
Get garden beds into shape by pruning growth, pulling weeds, planting flowers, and adding new gravel to restore colour that was taken away by sunlight and harsh weather. If stone or brick borders your bed, consider cleaning and resetting any pieces that are soiled or dislodged. If your border is old or tired-looking, try upgrading to stone or a decorative cast-concrete edging system for improved kerb appeal.
Add outdoor art
Give your front garden or yard some culture and beauty, by adding weather-resistant artwork. Choose pieces that complement your home’s natural palette and exterior elements. Birdbaths, metal cut-outs, sculptures, and wind chimes are good choices for outdoor art. Water sculptures not only function as art, but the burbling sounds soothe and make hot days feel cooler. Just try to avoid areas where leave like to drop.
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Yoshiko Flora says
Wow! I never knew that one can add more to a house’s curb appeal by adding low-voltage lighting fixtures in one’s garden or landscape. Reading this tip reminded me of my sister, who is planning to redecorate her garden before her Easter party. Any tips on what kind of lighting (e.g. lantern) she should put to create a woodland feel? Thanks!
Outdoor lighting is absolutely awesome. Also, there’re very green options (for example. bulbs that get energy from the plants)!