August is National Curb Appeal Month! It’s the perfect time to give your home’s exterior a refresh. With that in mind, we’ve brought you four fresh curb appeal ideas to help you celebrate. The ideas below are small changes that can be done on a variety of budgets.
Read them over and decide which ones will work best for you. Even just doing one or two will leave your front entrance feeling brand new.
Give your front door a pop of color. Image: Trimlite
Paint your front door
If you want your curb appeal to truly pop, there’s no stronger statement you can make than with a freshly painted front door. This will ensure that all eyes zoom to your doorstep from the street. Those going for a modern look should choose bright colors, much like the fire-engine red door above. However, if you’re a bigger fan of classic aesthetics, opt for a more neutral shade like black to keep the look subdued.
To do this, start by removing the door and any hardware. Then, move it to a flat surface and sand it down to get rid of the current finish. When you’re ready, apply a coat of primer. Follow that with a coat or two of exterior paint in the color of your choice. Finally, allow the door to dry completely before re-installation.
Try out some new exterior hardware. Image: Terracotta Design Build
Replace your hardware
If you’re not up for the workload that comes along with painting your front door, you can still make it shine by replacing your hardware. Since replacing these pieces only involves using a screwdriver, your biggest consideration, in this case, is which finish to choose. Opt for a color that will contrast with your front door in order to bring the biggest amount of visual interest to the space.
Beyond your doorknob or handle, consider adding a few additional accessories to finish off the look of your doorstep. The addition of a door knocker will help bring a stately feel to your property. Some fresh house numbers will help create a welcoming vibe, as well as providing passersby with useful information if needed.
Treat yourself to some new exterior lighting. Image: D. Claire Designs
Invest in new lighting
Having proper, working lighting on the front of your home is crucial for helping to guide visitors in the dark. Plus, it can make a strong style statement for relatively little expense, helping you celebrate National Curb Appeal Month. You can buy lighting sets at nearly any home improvement store. In this case, your main concern should be matching the finish to your other hardware.
Installing a new light properly is mainly about following the instructions. That said, when you’re working with electricity, there are a few key factors that you’ll want to keep in mind. First, be sure to turn off your existing lights and the breaker. Then, pay close attention to which wires connect as you remove the existing fixture. Feel free to take photos, if needed.
Use flowers to add visual interest. Image: F. M. Construction Ltd
Add colorful planters
Colorful flowers are a great way to add a pop of visual interest to any space, especially your front entrance. When chosen correctly, they can add layers of color, texture and shape to your overall design. In particular, planters are a good option for this space because they are self-contained and don’t need to be worked into your existing landscaping.
When picking which flowers to use in your planter, your top concern should be making sure that they will flourish in your environment. Consider things like the amount of sun exposure that the flower needs, as well as the amount of water. After that, it’s all about finding a plant or flower that is aesthetically pleasing to you.
Happy National Curb Appeal Month! How will you be celebrating?