First impressions are always important and real estate is no exception. Take pride in your home and make sure to make a great first impression by creating curb appeal.
Everything to do with the front of your home (facing the curb) plays a part. From the front door to the landscaping and architectural details, each little aspect adds up to the overall impression your house makes. Curb appeal comes into play when your home is on the market, but should also be an essential part of your exterior decorating at any time.
Depending on the elevation of your home, you may or may not have a porch to work with. If you do, think about the different design opportunities and put your best possible face forward.
The material used on your porch is the foundation for curb appeal. Poured concrete is common and can be dressed up with paint and finishes or hidden by other elements of interest. Exposed aggregate is a gorgeous way to dress up your porch and can easily be extended into the stairs leading up to your front door, creating a clean look.
Porch railings can be plain and simple, such as wood or straight picket styles, or more elaborate, like scrolled iron or bright vinyl. Flower boxes can be installed on top of or as a part of the railing for color and visual interest.
If you have the room, a few select pieces of furniture on the porch create a cozy and inviting atmosphere. Check out the selection of porch gliders at Outdora.com, where they have both contemporary and traditional styling. For a smaller porch, take a look at the chair gliders Outdora has to offer as well.
The front yard is not generally the place for expansive gardens, although some larger homes can pull that off. Most suburban houses look best with ordered borders that hide unsightly foundations and give your home a soft edge.
Mulch the beds annually to help cut down weeds and give the gardens a clean look. Plant spring bulbs for amazing color as the snow melts, perennial grasses for a dramatic statement or clipped hedges for a formal or even geometric look. The flowers and shrubs that you include are entirely up to you and should be harmonious with the style of your home and your own personal taste.
It’s All in the Details
The most important aspect of creating curb appeal is choosing details that capture the character and style of your house. Those smaller elements can set a home apart and express the personalities and tastes of the family within.
At Outdora.com you can easily find that perfect addition to your home’s exterior. From classic and customized address plaques to magical wind chimes and unique weathervanes for the roof or garage, Outdora has something ideal. Choose details that express your passions and hobbies or are in your favorite style and fashion.
When you know where to look, creating maximum curb appeal is easier than you think. From the foundations to the garden and all through the details, the front of your home can be easily dressed up and look fabulous.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Diana Dart was born into the patio design business. Working in her family contracting business for years, she’s now part owner and loves spending her time helping homeowners create an oasis in their backyards. She’s also published countless articles about gardening, curb appeal and landscaping online and in various print publications.