Curb Appeal 101
Curb appeal should not be overlooked when sprucing up your home. Sure, you want it to be inviting on the inside, but what about to passersby? You want them to admire the tidy creativity outside your home that leads them to wonder, “Such a pretty home. I wonder what it looks like inside.”
So, where do you start?
Start at the entrance! Some advice from Kristine Ginsberg, owner of Elite Staging and Redesign in New Jersey: “Make sure there is a contrast between the front door and the facade of the home.” For example, if your house is gray or white with dark shutters, paint the front door red. After all, according to the art of Feng Shui, the color red means success.
Update the light fixtures. Pinterest has some great ideas, like using Ball jars to give your house a funky but rooted feel. If you don’t want to completely replace the fixtures, consider painting them for an updated look.
Plant some flowers! Annuals like pansies, impatiens and petunias will give you long-lasting color and can be purchased already in bloom.
Trim the bushes around your home. Because, after all, if you’re going for curb appeal, you don’t want to hide away your beautiful bungalow.
Store the trash and recycling bins away from the eye of onlookers when it’s not trash and recycling day. There’s not much that’s cute about trash cans sitting at the top of a lawn.
Ah the transformative power of a window bed. And, PS, be sure the windows you put the beds in front of shine. Hit them with some Windex to really make everything sparkle.
It might seem simple, but…: keep your lawn manicured. A well-manicured lawn conquers weeds and instantly gives your plot a polished look if you don’t have the interest or effort for anything else. If you don’t have a large yard, consider a push mower. They’re cheaper–and you’ll get a little workout.
Take note of the red door, updated and two different light fixtures, azalea landscaping, clear and inviting walkway: