Even if you are not planning to sell your home anytime soon, a fresh and welcoming exterior is a wonderful thing to come home to each day. From front doors, house numbers and porch furnishings to color schemes, landscaping and basic repairs, this smorgasbord of ideas will hopefully inspire a few changes around your own home.
1. Add big, bold house numbers
It’s so easy to swap out house numbers, and this one thing can make a huge impact. Echo your house style in the numbers you choose — a clean sans serif font for a modern house, hand-painted tiles for a cottage, aged copper for a Prairie-style home etc.
2. Paint the front door
A front door that pops can be hugely cheering.
3. Add fresh porch furniture
A pair of matching rockers, Adirondack chairs or a cozy glider is a must when you have a front porch that is visible from the street.
4. Swap out porch lighting
Try replacing tiny sconces with a big, statement-making pendant light, add recessed lighting beneath the eaves or install solar lights along the front walk.
5. Add a hot-red accent
Red has such vibrancy; a little goes a very long way. Try a bright red bench, planter or mailbox to add zing that can be seen from across the street.
6. Do some hardscaping
Built-in concrete planters, a low stone wall or new paths are all great ways to add structure to your front yard that will last for many years to come.
7. Spruce up the side yard
Camouflage an eyesore with attractive fencing, clear out weeds and lay out a neat path to the backyard.
8. Add depth with a fence
A low fence around a property not only adds a welcome boundary between a hectic street and a private space, but it also makes the front yard seem larger.
9. Replace a lawn with flowers
Dig up part or all of your front lawn and plant perennials instead for a lush landscape that sets your house apart.
10. Repair the driveway and paths
Cement, stone and pavement all can split and crack over time. Repairing or replacing damaged areas can do wonders to freshen up your home’s street view.
11. Paint the garage door
The garage takes up a lot of visual space, so it pays to make sure it looks its best.
12. Refinish the porch floor
If your porch floor has seen better days, renew it by stripping off old layers of paint and finish, and brushing on stain or paint.
13. Add a shiny new door knocker
Gorgeous hardware (plus a glossy paint job) can make even the plainest door look very classy.
14. Try a unique front door
A really eye-catching front door can be just the thing to give a plain exterior a big dose of personality. Whether it’s super-sleek and modern steel or a beautifully detailed Craftsman-style door, it can set the tone for the entire house.
15. Match plantings to your house style
Let the plants and pots you choose reflect the style of your house for a cohesive look. Accent a modern home with succulents and spiky-leafed plants in simple round pots, or surround your cottage with lush beds of flowers.
16. Echo the architecture with paths
Another way to accent the style of your home is by repeating the lines of the architecture in the paths and landscaping surrounding it. Wide, angular paths echo the geometry of the modern home here.
17. Create curb appeal even in the city
When you live in the city, it can be hard to personalize your home’s exterior. Work with what you have by adding neat window planters, glossy black shutters, good lighting and clearly visible house numbers.