Outdoor Living Trends to Boost Your Curb Appeal

When people drive up to you house, does it draw them in? You’re familiar with curb appeal – it’s that first impression from the street that makes them want to see more. Most of us would love to have a home with curb appeal, and adding to it doesn’t have to be difficult and expensive. Here’s how.

Refresh Your Porch
The great American porch is back in style in a big way. If you’re lucky enough to have one, spruce it up with a fresh coat of paint and add inviting outdoor furniture. When choosing a paint color for the floor, consider how it will complement your home’s siding and trim. If your railing and balusters look tired, a fresh coat of color will do wonders. Add some potted plants and a couple of rocking to make your porch a truly inviting and enjoyable space.

Give Your Front Door a New Look
Front doors are pathways into our homes, both functionally and aesthetically. If your door is dull, transform it with a bright layer of paint that contrasts with your siding and trim. If adding natural light into your entryway is your goal, consider replacing your door with one that has clear or frosted windows.

Fire Feature
Who says outdoor fireplaces are for the backyard? If your house is designed in a way that a fire feature can be added to a front- or side-facing patio, you can enjoy the flames and add curb appeal. Fire features are rated high on the list of homeowners’ desired amenities, so including one will make it easier to sell your home when the time comes. For an eye-catching fire feature, try an outdoor fireplace with a hearth.

Replace Old Exterior Lights
The exterior light fixtures on your home have dual purposes – they provide light, but they can also contribute to the style and appeal of your home. There are many designs for exterior light fixtures, from traditional to casual and elegant. You can purchase them at big box stores, and if you want even more choices, visit a retailer that specializes in lighting. Installing exterior wall lights is fairly simple with a few basic tools.

There are many ways to make your house more appealing from the street. Perhaps now is the time to tackle one of these projects, before the winds chill and the snow falls.

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