It’s all too easy to get carried away with interior design, but have you stopped to think about the exterior of your home of late? Perhaps you’re incredibly blessed, and you marvel at the beauty of your home every time you pull up in the perfectly maintained driveway. Or maybe you’re not so lucky, and your home could do with a little TLC. If you’ve been focusing all your attention and devoting all your energy to kitchen tiles, high-pile rugs, and candleholders that are to die for, here are some simple steps you can take to overhaul your home’s exterior and add some all-important curb appeal.
The front door is the most logical place to start, being as it is the portal to your magnificent interiors. If you’ve got a run of the mill front door, this is your opportunity to inject some serious style, and create a focal point, which draws you in, and leaves you wanting more. Go for a bright color, a quirky style or an unusual shape to add more interest and make your home’s facade unique. If you don’t want to replace the existing door grab some sandpaper, apply a coat of primer and refresh the paintwork. Go for pillar box red to bring an old home to life or a bright aquamarine to reinvigorate a seaside bolthole. If you’re keen to add a personal touch, you could custom-design your own sign with the house name or number or even design a new mailbox.
There’s nothing more off-putting than an overgrown lawn and flower beds full of weeds. If you don’t want to give off the impression that your home is unloved, paying some due care and attention to the lawn is highly recommended. Use a lawn care calendar to give you some year-round tips that will keep your turf in check, and try and resist the temptation to scalp the grass when it’s growing rapidly in the warm summer months. Once you’ve mowed the patch, use a strimmer to tidy up the edges, and then add planters, lanterns or some police or bay trees to make the area more attractive and homely.
If you’re lucky enough to have a porch, it’s a crying shame not to make the most of it. A porch can give you a cute outdoor seating area, and you can make even the smallest spaces look incredible with a lick of paint, some carefully selected furniture, and a couple of accessories to add the final touches. Think trees or plants in ceramic pots, a bespoke doormat, and a vintage rocking chair or go for something ultra-modern with a hanging egg chair and an industrial-style metal side table.
If you’ve got grand plans for a home makeover, don’t use up all your energy on the interiors. If you’ve got chipped paintwork, a lawn full of weeds, cladding or siding that’s peeling at the edges or a door that has seen better days, it’s incredible what you can achieve if you put your mind to creating an exceptional exterior.