While we largely focus on interior design within the pages of this website, it is sometimes important to consider the exterior of our homes too. What we show on the outside can reflect the beauty of our homes inside, especially when we match the overall design of our properties to a particular style and time period.
When we talk about our home exterior, we often use the term curb appeal. This is largely used in the context of a home sale, as the better the curb appeal, the more attractive it will be to the home buyer. This is certainly something you should think about when selling your home, but you should also find ways to improve your home's curb appeal for the benefit of your peace of mind at home and to appease any grumbling neighbors
Here are some suggestions we hope you find useful.
#1: Give your front door a new lease of life
A fresh lick of paint will often do the trick when refreshing your front door, especially when using a color that pops when contrasted with the rest of your home's stonework. You could refresh the hardware on your door too, perhaps with a handle made out of polished brass if you are trying to add period charm or with something a little more modern if your home is of contemporary design. Door decor can also prove pleasing to the eye, such as a lavender wreath, a hanging basket, or a decorative name plaque.
#2: Keep pests at bay
By pests, we aren't only talking about mice, moles, and the vast array of garden pests that can ruin your home's curb appeal. We are also talking about wandering cats who could dig up your flower patches or birds that could leave droppings on your roof and walls. You can buy various types of repellants to keep pests both large and small at bay, including those that keep away next door's moggy. Pest control services can keep the majority of birds and beasties away too, including bird specialists who can provide roof and solar panel pigeon protection. There are all kinds of how-to guides online, so if there is a particular pest ruining your home's curb appeal, continue your research online.
#3: Take care of your lawn
This is the obvious thing to do as an overgrown lawn is never going to please the eyes of anybody walking by. Regularly care for your lawn by removing weeds, mowing your grass, blowing away leaves, and keeping it watered. Plant some flowers too, perhaps by taking a cue from these beautifully designed flower bed ideas, and consider adding garden decoration if you think it is safe to do so.
#4: Get on top of any repairs
It could be a broken fence or mailbox. Or it might be a cracked driveway. It could also be chipped paint on your exterior walls. Such issues can be an eyesore to any onlookers, so whatever the problem is, make the appropriate fixes or call on a specialist for professional help.
Never underestimate your home's curb appeal. While you will understandably focus on your interior design when trying to improve the look of your home, there are times when the exterior will need some attention too. Follow our suggestions and look for further inspiration online or by paying attention to the homes in your neighborhood.
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