As homeowners you probably find yourself spending most of your home design time indoors, picking the perfect furniture to compliment your bay windowed living room and accessorizing your beach-themed guest bedroom. There are so many design elements that take on a story of their own inside of your home. Updating and freshening up the interior is important each season, but don’t forget the exterior. Curb appeal brings life to the outside of your home. As we embrace the summer season consider kicking up your curb appeal a notch to welcome your company in style.
The Front Door
The focal point of your home, as guests arrive, is typically the front entrance. Consider changing the door to a vibrant color that compliments the exterior color of your home. Add a summer-themed door hanging or wreath. Accessorize the area around the front door with hanging plants, wind chimes or porch plants that frame your door perfectly. Small, welcoming elements make your guests feel comfortable and instantly invited.
The Front Porch
Now that you’ve added some pizazz to your front door, upgrade your porch to compliment your style. Consider adding a porch swing or a set of rockers. By adding a seating area to the front of your house, you expand the entertainment space for both you and your visitors. Imagine yourself enjoying a cold drink on your porch swing watching the sunset after a long day. Dreamy, right?
Flowers Dress Up Your Exterior
Landscaping can do wonders for your curb appeal. Flowers and plants, lined around the exterior of your home, create a beautiful silhouette. If you fear the proverbial green thumb you can opt for low-maintenance plants that thrive well in the space. Think hydrangeas for shaded gardens or the juniper shrub that thrives in full sunlight. Consider lining your walkway with flowers to draw the eye into your front porch. If you don’t have much of a front yard for planting, but still want to dress up the space with flowers, choose window boxes. You can customize the style of the boxes as well as the flowers.
Lighting Defines Your Exterior
Exterior lights can be a beautiful architectural element. Change out the sconces for a brand-new look. Place lights in areas that accent the elements of your home and draw the eye in. Lighting is also an essential element for security, so think about adding in motion sensor lights to darker areas of your exterior, such as the side of the home or near the garage.
Create a Backyard Oasis
When thinking curb appeal, don’t forget your backyard. This extension of your home can be a sanctuary, especially in the warmer months. Add in ample seating, a dining space, a fire pit and line with globe string lights to turn your spot into the ultimate entertaining space. You can use this space to host game nights, family dinners or as a place to kick back and relax for some alone time.
Curb appeal is a piece of your home that can be ever evolving. Change up the elements each season for a fresh reset. Focus on the outside of your home and put just as much love in the design as you do in the interior to uplift your home’s potential.