Many of us get excited about buying new furniture or choosing tiles or colors for the walls when we move house or start planning renovations. While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with getting carried away with interior design plans, it’s important not to neglect the exterior of your home. Enhancing curb appeal can add value, but it’s also wonderful to be able to pull up outside a house that you love the look of after a long day. In this guide, we’ll explore some effective ways to ensure your home is beautiful inside and out.
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One of the simplest but most impactful ways to improve the exterior of your home is to spruce up the paintwork. Chipped, faded paint can make a house look run-down and unloved. Adding a fresh coat of paint to window and door frames and facades will transform the aesthetic in an instant and ensure your property looks smart and inviting. If you don’t fancy scaling a ladder, or you have limited experience when it comes to painting, search for reputable, reliable firms to do the job for you. It’s always useful to ask neighbors or friends or colleagues who live locally for recommendations and to read reviews.
Windows and doors
Your windows and doors can have a significant impact on the overall look of the house. While well-maintained windows can add to the visual appeal of a property, shabby, damaged windows and doors can have the opposite effect. Replacing old windows and doors can also increase energy efficiency and save you money by improving insulation and heat retention. There is a huge range of windows and doors to choose from, and you can select a style that suits your home. From traditional designs to modern windows, there is something for every homeowner. It’s also possible to work with companies to conjure up bespoke designs, such as custom picture windows to create a unique feature. Adding windows can also maximize natural light if you have small or cramped rooms. If you are thinking about replacing or upgrading your doors and windows, take time to explore your options and compare quotes.
Plants and flowers
Plants and flowers add vibrancy and color to outdoor spaces and areas, including patios, porches, driveways, balconies and terraces. You can go wild with color and add an array of flowers in brightly colored or patterned pots, planters and containers, or stick to an understated palette of earthy tones. There is a raft of options available for displaying plants and flowers, including rustic baskets and buckets, window boxes and hanging baskets for small spaces, and potted trees and chic, contemporary planters for modern townhouses and villas. For those who want an innovative way to add plants and flowers to the garden, installing a self watering flower box can be a great option. They are ideal for those who want to bring an abundance of greenery and natural beauty to their outdoor space, without the need for regular watering and maintenance.
When you look at your home from the driveway or the road outside, what catches your eye? In many cases, the front door is the focal point. This can be a good thing if you have a fabulous door, but what if your front door has seen better days? Freshening up the paintwork, replacing old or damaged doors or adding furniture and accessories, such as a new knocker, numbers or a name plaque can make a difference instantly. You can go all-out with customized details or quirky additions, such as animal-themed knockers, or keep things simple and classic with understated numbers or lettering. If you do fancy something a little different, look for ideas and inspiration online. You can also explore different color options. Popular choices include charcoal gray, black, bright red, navy, powder blue and bottle green.
Driveways, patios and lawns
When you drive or walk up to your home, how do you feel? The approach to your property plays an influential role in creating a positive or negative first impression. Some driveways, patios and paths look smart and attractive while others can make houses look unkempt or uninviting. There’s a huge range of options for homeowners keen to revamp the exterior of their homes, including concrete driveways, gravel, paving slabs and decorative stones, tiles and decking. A smooth, aesthetically pleasing driveway will add value to your home, improve curb appeal and reduce the risk of slips and trips and tire problems. If you have a lawn at the front or side of your home, simple maintenance tasks will help you boost curb appeal and keep the grass lush and healthy. Mow on dry days, trim the edges and remember to water the grass if it hasn’t rained.
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Many of us automatically start thinking about wall colors and furniture when we renovate or move house. If you’re keen to make sure that your home is beautiful inside and out, there are several simple ways to enhance the exterior.