Curb appeal – that elusive term used to describe an eye-catching exterior. You either have it or you don’t. But the good news is, it’s easier to obtain than you may think! With a little creativity, time and a modest budget, ho-hum can become charming in five steps.
1) Beautify the Front Door
The entry to your home is the focal point of its curb appeal. It deserves special attention. Paint your door a beautiful hue that contrasts with the home’s façade. Vibrant shades of red, blue and yellow are bold choices that work well. Elegant black is another popular choice. Or if your budget allows, install a custom wood or iron door. A festive wreath or swag can also be added for further impact.
2) Create Symmetry
Symmetry is pleasing to the eye and simple to arrange. Symmetrical light fixtures and front-door accents welcome guests and draw attention to entryways. Install light fixtures, place identical planters with trailing ivy or position a rocking chair on either side of the door depending on the space available. The options are nearly endless as long as symmetry is created.
3) Replace Old Hardware
Address numbers, mailboxes, door knobs and knockers add style and interest to your home’s exterior, but not if they’re out of date or dingy. Satin nickel is a popular finish for today’s contemporary homes, while aged bronze remains popular for more traditional styles.
4) Tend Your Garden
Add color to your home with flower beds or create an instant garden with containers. Garden containers add color and texture to your home’s exterior. Ready-made containers are available from garden centers or you create your own with your favorite plants.
5) Add a Decorative Accent
Shutters, window boxes, arbors, garden gates and decorative fence panels all instantly enhance a home’s curb appeal. Choose one or two of these options to add to your home. Cozy accents make a home feel warm and inviting, and set it apart from the norm. These items can be purchased ready to be installed, in easy-to-build kits or prefab sections that require simple assembly.