Whether you’re just starting out with decorating your home and want the most bang for your buck, or you’ve lived in your home for years and are looking for a way to revitalize your décor, focusing on the exterior of your home is a great choice. Check out these four ways you can improve the curb appeal of your home.
1. Swap out old hardware
Take a look at all the exterior hardware on your home. This includes house numbers, wall-mounted mailboxes, light fixtures, and entry door locksets. If yours have seen better days then now may be the time to replace them. For most homes, the best look will come from finding cohesive pieces that work together, rather than mixing and matching. Traditional homes look great with oiled-bronze finishes, while more modern homes are lovely when outfitted with brushed nickel.
2. Add new outdoor lighting
It’s common for people decorating to think only of what their home looks like during the day, but equal care should be made to consider how your home looks at night. Low voltage landscape lighting can have a hugely positive impact on your home’s nighttime curb appeal – and as an added bonus it also adds safety and security. You can add lighting to trees, to your home, or even to illuminate a path that winds up to your front door. You no longer have to even wire lights –you can invest in solar fixtures. However, be aware that their light levels won’t be as bright and they won’t be as reliable.
3. Don’t overlook your windows
Just like people often only think of daytime aesthetics when planning curb appeal makeovers, owners also often only think of things they can do to transform the exterior of their home. Remember that your windows have a big impact on what your home looks like – and the window treatments can have a big impact on them. Do you want to let people glimpse into your home? Then sheer curtains are a great choice. Or do you want to increase privacy and add an aura of mystery? If so, velvet draperies are a better choice.
4. Pick up some water-resistant artwork
There are tons of art options out there that are beautiful and weather-resistant – which is exactly the combination you’re looking for. Look for options that complement your home’s outdoor elements. For example, birdbaths, sculptures, wind chimes, and metal cutouts are all great outdoor art options. Water sculptures double as art and a great way to stay cool on hot days. Just be sure not to place them in areas where lots of leaves drop.
These four ideas are great ways to get started making the exterior of your home warm, inviting, and something to be proud of.