Home Tips: Up Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Whether you are planning to list your home on the market or simply wish to give it a light spruce, we have the tips for you. Check out some of the ways you can give your home exterior some new appeal! We rounded up the best tips for your abode. 

Go For The Greens

There are few things in life that plants can’t help fix. Just as they can help purify the air in your home, they can also instantly add cheer to your curb appeal. Whether it’s a wreath or a planter full of greens, this bit of nature gives liveliness to your front door.

Upgrade Your Hardware

Something as simple as swapping out your doorknob for a handle or replacing those rusty, mismatched address numbers for a sleek new set can help make a stronger visual statement. Craving a bit of extra glam? Consider adding a knocker to your front door. “A brass knocker (like this one from Rejuvenation) can lend instant formality,” says Living’s home editor Lorna Aragon. “And this aged iron knocker would be perfect for a lake home in the country.”

Let Water Work Its Magic

Not everyone is blessed with a green thumb, but festive flora isn’t the only way to plant a dash of nature at your front door. Add an element of serenity to your front stoop with a soothing water feature.

Hone in on Your Hedges

Carefully curated hedgerows serve double duty as a privacy shield and a pristine, picturesque accent to your home. And while this front yard addition may require a bit more time to train and grow, the regal results are certainly worth the effort.

Don’t Forget a Doormat

It’s an easy way to both show off a bit of your personality while also helping guests to brush off dirt before stepping in. Consider this DIY to give your porch a nautical touch, or spring for Martha’s favorite: an understated yet ultra-durable mat from Cape Cod Doormats. For extra design points, McGee says you can layer up your doormat with an indoor or outdoor rug. “This really takes your front door up a level and makes it feel more collected.”

Wow With Window Boxes

Another easy way to add some extra charm to your abode: window boxes. Don’t be afraid to play around with textures, heights, and color palettes. By lining your ledge with the right assortment of blooms, you can instantly dress up your windows and even help complement your home’s exterior hues.

Play with Personal Touches

Just like you’d create a gallery wall of family photos or accent a bedroom with a reupholstered vintage chair, don’t forget to add your own personal pizazz to the exterior of your home. “Adding in personal touches like a ribbon to your wreath or using a favorite planter can make your home feel more like you and more intentional,” says McGee. Some other clever ideas? Accent outdoor seating with throw pillows, create a cozy vibe with this hand-stitched runner DIY, or color-block your mailbox for a fun pop of color.

Light the Way

Sufficient and stylish lighting can not only ensure you and your guests’ safety when heading to the front door, but it can also highlight some of your home’s best features. Opt for for landscape illumination, like stake and path lights, to cast a warm glow along footpaths, or brighten up the architectural details of your home with sconces and pendant fixtures.

Get a Step Ahead

Don’t muddy your home’s reputation with a path that’s past its prime. Wow guests from the moment they step foot in your yard with a clear cut walkway of rustic stone or brick pavers—small additions that can do wonders for your walkway.


Content Curated from: Martha Stewart Living