5 Tips to Enhance Your Home's Curb Appeal
Your home might be a thing of sheer beauty on the inside, but if you allow time and various elements to leave marks on the exterior of your house, that includes the entire premises, it will significantly decrease the entire appeal and wipe out that homey vibe that’s crucial in a lovable modern household.
Taking care of and sprucing up your home’s exterior is a fun and rewarding task, one in which you can involve your entire family and create truly astounding and unique designs that will separate your house from all others in the neighbourhood. Here are the five best tips to enhance your home’s curb appeal.
Tidy up and raise the hedges
First things first, much like your inside living space, you want your home’s exterior to be clutter free, neat and tidy, and that means going out all the way to the curb and tidying up the trash cans, as well as mending potholes and cracks in the pavement around your house. Don’t forget the driveway either.
It’s always a wonderful idea to replace or spruce up the fence, or even remove it completely to make room for beautiful low-to-mid-rise hedges that will act as natural dividers, surrounding your home with greenery. Depending on the height of the hedge, it can also act as a natural barrier against wind.
A bit of magic, a bit of charm
Now that you’ve started to work your way in towards the house, it’s time to tidy up the front lawn and the backyard, and use the space in the best possible way that will appeal both to your family and passers-by.
If you have kids or are expecting to, it’s a good idea to add a swing set or a play area the kids can enjoy, and don’t forget to repaint the dog house and also introduce several bird feeders across the yard in order to reignite a bond with nature.
How about a fresh paint job?
Nothing portrays an appeal of a house like a fresh, beautiful paint job. Moreover, repainting your home’s exterior is fun and it is rewarding for the entire family. This is one of the bigger projects though, so it will take some prior planning and it will require adequate time for completion depending on the size of the house.
Be sure to mend and replace all broken or decayed wooden elements and sand down the old paint to the base, after which you want to add a coat of primer to even out all the irregularities on the surface before proceeding to add the first layer of paint. Be sure to use gravity to your advantage by painting from the roof down, and always exercise safety by using sturdy aluminium scaffolding when painting walls and hard-to-reach places.
A welcoming setting
No home exterior is finished without furniture and unique elements such as lighting and ornaments to give it that intimate, welcoming feel. Much as you want others to be dazzled by the appeal of your home’s exterior, so should you enjoy coming home from a hard day’s work, being greeted by a beautiful outdoor ambiance.
Consider transforming the exterior with lounge chairs, tables, decorative and throw pillows and blankets, complementing the entire picture with lanterns and even candles in order to create a loving, stress-free environment.
Nature and maintenance
Finally, be sure to incorporate as many natural elements into your outdoor décor as possible by raising a flower garden and introducing potted plants on the patio and the front porch. Naturally, charm and appeal is something that not only has to be created, but regularly maintained as well.
However, once you witness the fruits of your labour, you will find that maintaining the newly found beauty of your home is nothing short of pure satisfaction.
A home’s exterior is equally if not more important than its interior setting, as it is the first thing you see when you step around the corner. Be sure to implement these simple solutions, let your imagination run free, and you will have no problems painting the picture of your house you’ve always dreamed of.
AUTHOR BIO: Emma B. Joyce is blogger based in Australia. She is a true home decor and DIY fanatic. Emma is interested in music and also is a big reading enthusiast. Finding new designs and patterns is her daily task. She got hooked on home accessories and decorations during her traveling and now cannot stop searching for new inspiration. twitter.com/joycesemma and www.facebook.com/emmajoyce00