The exterior of your home is just as important as the interior. Let’s face it, we don’t spend every minute of our day inside the house. Curb appeal not only adds some market value to your home but it just makes you feel better. Having a home you’re proud of will make you and the other inhabitants happy. It might even make your neighbors a little bit jealous.
Here are five ways to add some curb appeal to your home:
- Take Pride in the Little Things
It’s the little things that can make big impressions. How many times have you driven past a home and haven’t noticed anything past the grungy house address numbers? It’s little things that which will make a big change. Try changing out your entry door lockset to fit the style of your front door. Or try investing in a nice overhead light fixture to illuminate your front door. These elements add the most appeal when they function collectively, rather than looking mixed-and-matched.
- Create Symmetry
Symmetry is aesthetically pleasing to the eye and it’s quite simple to arrange. Doubling your ornaments and floral arrangements may sound pricey, but it will fill the decorative space much quicker. When creating symmetry, most homewoners use their front door as the center-line and can flank it with identical light fixtures or garden urns.
- Outdoor Lighting
You have a beautiful home. Make sure people can see it in the dark. This doesn’t mean you have to have flood lights fully illuminating your front yard. Try some low-voltage landscape lights to make your walkway glow. Lighting provides both safety and security. If you’re not able to run lights with electric wiring, consider solar fixtures.
- Makeover Your Mailbox
Mailboxes are a great way to express your personality. If you’re considering a hanging drop box, pick one that mirrors the trimmings of your home. If your mailbox is attached to a wooden post, try painting the post the exterior color of your home for aesthetic cohesiveness. And you can always surround your mailbox with wildflowers for that garden-like feel.
- Window Boxes Add Color
Window boxes are a fast and easy way to add a little color to your home’s exterior. They’re incredibly easy to install (just a couple screws and brackets). Window boxes come in a variety of materials as well. Cheaper boxes will be made of plastic while pricier window boxes will have copper or iron finishes that offer a great traditional look. Plant flowers that compliment your home and will thrive according to their lighting/watering needs.
Now you have a great handful of tips to improve the curb appeal of your home. Most of these tips are extremely simple and can be taken on as a weekend project. New address numbers, symmetry, outdoor lighting, mailbox design and window boxes are quick, easy ways to upgrade your home from the outside.