Upgrade Your Home’s Curb Appeal

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15 Tips for Timeless Charm

Upgrade your home’s curb appeal for a perfect way to add value and timeless character to your home’s exterior.

Think of it as a smile and handshake for first-time visitors, signaling the beautiful, welcoming interiors that await them. Each of these curb appeal tips is so good you’ll want to take note of all of them.

Upgrade Your Home's Curb Appeal

Elevate Your Entry

This tip includes switching out old light fixtures, adding an overscale doormat, placing a wreath or potted plants on your porch or front steps, and updating house numbers on your front porch. These upgrades can be done in a day or a weekend and create a welcoming entry.

Elevate your entry

Cohesive Exterior Color and Materials Palette

Create a cohesive color and materials palette on your home’s exterior. Use tonal exterior colors and pull those colors from natural materials, like stone, for accent colors. Repeating materials creates cohesiveness, such as using cedar for shutters, columns, and an arbor.

Cohesive exterior color and materials palette

Update Your Address Numbers and Mailbox

This tip includes putting updated numbers on your mailbox or the front of your home. Classic metal mailboxes and consistent materials across the home and mailbox make a beautiful statement.

Upgrade your home's curb appeal - update your address numbers and mailbox

Soften Your Exterior Corners and Skirting with Trees and Plants

Use the largest trees and shrubs you can to set the tone of the home and make it feel more established. Include evergreen shrubs and trees for year-round color.

soften your exterior corners and skirting with trees and plants

Add Accent and Landscape Lighting

Think about how your home looks at night. Accent lighting can include lanterns, accent lights over the garage, or lights on posts or pillars. Landscape lighting includes decorative pathway lights and wall washes that illuminate your home’s exterior.

Upgrade your home's curb appeal - add accent and landscape lighting

Add Interest with Hardscapes and Accents

Use your home’s exterior materials on pathways, steps, patios, and porches to create a cohesive feel. You can also repeat these materials on entrance pillars or a retaining wall.

add interest with hardscapes and accents

Include Lounge Chairs, a Swing, or a Bench on Your Front Porch, Patio, or Yard

Adding outdoor seating is a charming statement and a great place to relax with friends and family.

include lounge chairs, a swing, or a bench on your front porch, patio, or yard

Update Your Front Door

Upgrade your front door to add value and complement your home’s architecture. Try new materials like glass or stained wood, or also by adding a pop of color.

Upgrade your home's curb appeal - update your front door

Add Architectural Accents like Shutters, Arbors, and Pergolas

Use shutters, pergolas, and arbors to enhance your home’s architectural features; in addition, make sure shutters are sized appropriately, and consider adding vines to arbors for added charm.

add architectural accents like shutters, arbors, and pergolas

Replace Gutters and Downspouts

Consider upgrading to 6-inch half-round gutters and downspouts for functionality and beauty. Leader heads, which are collection boxes, add a classic touch to your home’s exterior.

Upgrade your home's curb appeal - replace gutters and downspouts

Choose Flowering Plants That Play Up Your Home’s Color Palette

Select plants that complement your home’s exterior colors, whether lighter shades for darker homes or vibrant colors for lighter homes.

choose flowering plants that play up your home's color palette

Dress Up Your Driveway and Walkways with Landscaping, Lighting, Pavers, and Pillars

Add stone or brick edging, landscape lighting, and pillars to your driveway and walkways for visual interest. These small touches will dress up your home’s exterior and give it extra visual layers.

Dress up your driveway and walkways with landscaping, lighting, pavers, and pillars

Freshen Up Paint on Siding, Doors, Windows, and Trim

Opt for a warm and welcoming color palette. Avoid cool undertones like blue and white paint, which can make your home feel cold. Choosing a color palette with a warmer tone will create a cozy, charming look.

Upgrade your home's curb appeal - freshen up paint on siding, doors, windows, and trim

Clean Your Windows

This one is so simple! Clean your home’s windows regularly to keep them sparkling and boost your curb appeal. It really does make all the difference.

clean your windows

Make Sure That Your Home’s Exterior is a Reflection of Your Personal Style

Your home should welcome you with open arms and put a smile on your face at the end of every day, so it’s important that your home reflects your style and makes you happy every time you come home!

make sure that your home's exterior is a reflection of your personal style

All of these tips can help you create charming curb appeal for your home, so let me know which tip you love the most or are excited to try!

Shop these charming accents to update your home’s curb appeal!

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Thank you for reading. Remember, good design is for everyone. Enjoy transforming your home’s exterior and fall in love with where you live, one room at a time!

XO, Ashley

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