Curb Appeal Design
Whether you’re in the process of selling your home or you just want it to look great, there are tons of curb appeal design ideas that can help to spiff it up a bit. What’s even better is that – with a little imagination and effort on your part, it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to make things look great! Here are a few curb appeal design ideas to get you pointed in the right direction.
Update Your Front Door
The front door is typically the focal point of a home. Consider making yours stand out by painting it a bright color. Many homeowners choose red or a bright teal exactly for this reason. It gives the home a little pop of color and makes your door stand out immediately. That said, you want to make sure that the color you choose complements the color of the house itself, so choose something that feels right to you. If you have shutters or other wooden or plastic decoration on the house that has previously been painted, consider painting a few the same color as the door for extra style.
Install Landscape Lighting
The most inexpensive way to install landscape lighting is to purchase small solar fixtures. They look great on either side of a walkway or strategically placed in a flower bed. This low-level lighting typically gives out just the right amount of ambience when you’re in the mood to enjoy a pleasant evening outdoors. What’s more, for people selling their homes, it gives buyers the feeling that the residence is well maintained down to the small details.
Plant a Container Garden
Creating a container garden is a fun project for the entire family – even the little ones can help! If you happen to have a large front porch, you probably have the space for more than one container. Almost any type of plant or flower is suitable for this purpose. Get creative and use a non-traditional container – such as an old wagon or wash tub – when you want to convey a rustic feel. Honestly, anything goes. Look through garage sales, at second-hand stores and on eBay or Craig’s List to get some ideas that you may not have thought of. Just choose a container that matches the style of the exterior of your home and you’ll be all set!
Replace Your Mailbox
If your mailbox has seen better days, it might be time to consider a replacement. While some larger mailboxes tend to be a tad on the expensive side, you probably don’t need to go that route unless you get an excessive amount of mail. Look for a mailbox online or at a hobby shop near you. If you don’t want to replace the box itself, many people go the extra mile and paint their mailbox post instead! Some even plant flowers around it or do something similar. Should you decide to jazz up the area, make sure your mail carrier still has easy access to the box. If your mail person can’t get to the box safely, your mail won’t be delivered.
Pay Attention To Details
Time to take a real good look at the little things. Take the extra effort to shine all of the fixtures. Look for wreaths at second hand stores or clearance racks at stores like Michael’s or Joann Fabrics and change them out every few months. Feeling crafty? Try making your own wreaths for Halloween, Easter or the 4th of July! Not into wreaths? Hang other decorations like wind chimes, a Welcome mat or a fun door chalkboard sign that has a new message every few days.
There are so many curb appeal design ideas out there that are doable. Keep them in the back of your mind – you don’t have to attempt everything at once. Walking past a second-hand shop? Take a gander and see if anything catches your eye. Doing little things – as you can afford them – really does make a noticeable (and beautiful) difference. Do you have any other ideas to add? I’d love to hear them!