5 QUICK AND SIMPLE WAYS TO IMPROVE THE KERB APPEAL OF YOUR HOME
We spend a lot of time and effort making sure that the interiors of our homes are beautifully designed and welcoming to visitors. But sometimes, we neglect to pay the same attention to what lies outside. In fact, it's often not until we come to sell our houses that we give much thought to how they look from the outside, when we realise that the front of our house is an advert for what buyers can expect inside.
But why wait until we sell our homes to make this area look as stunning on the outside as it is on the inside? With warmer weather on its way, what better time to invest some effort in giving the front of your house some much needed kerb appeal?
Here are 5 top tips to help you turn your exterior from drab to fab:
#1 A Good Ole' Lick of Paint
If your paint is flaking off, or looking a little tired, a quick way to liven it up is to grab yourself a paint brush and give your door a lick of fresh paint. When choosing a paint colour, make sure that you consider the style of the house, the period of the property and the surrounding features. A bright orange door on a Georgian property will look tasteless, and a purple door will look garish against a red brick wall, for example. Black is a popular choice, which looks timeless and elegant on almost all properties. Muted greens and blues often look good on a country property. The door above, for example, is painted with Farrow and Ball's Card Room Green. Remember to sand and prime your door before starting for a professional finish.
#2 Update your door furniture
There are many different choices when it comes to door furniture. From the ornate to the very simple, consider updating your door furniture if yours has seen better days. On painted doors, brass or chrome door options look smart, and for more rustic and wooden doors, cast iron door furniture fits in well. This lion knocker comes from B&Q and at just £15, it's a cheap way to update your door.
#3 Hang a wreath
Hanging a wreath is a really nice and cost-effective way to add some colour to your exterior. Choose blooms which match the flowers in your garden to tie everything together. I have several seasonal wreaths that I change at different times of the year: a main one for all year round, an Easter/Springtime wreath and a festive Christmas wreath. The wreath above is the Rose Garden Springtime by Gisela Graham, and you can get it from The Contemporary Home.
#4 Add some topiary
If you're a dab hand with the secateurs, you might fancy having a go at creating some topiary shapes yourself. For the less green-fingered amongst us (and that most definitely includes me) there is thankfully a range of ready coiffured bushes to buy. The box ball (left) and standard bay (middle) both come from Trees Direct, and if you want to get yourself the Conifer Spiral (right), then head over to Sweetpea and WIllow. Don't be tempted to mix and match though. Stick to buying an identical pair to sit either side of your front door for a smart, uniform look.
#5 Light the way
Adding some lighting to your exterior makes your home look welcoming and friendly. There are several ways to achieve this, from lanterns placed along your path to outdoor fairy lights strung through the trees. This no-nonsense door light is from Astro Lighting and retails at £200.
So, if you have some time over the coming weeks, take a look at the front of your house, and see what simple changes you could make to update and improve your kerb appeal. Why not tweet me your pics so that I can take a look?