Your home’s curb appeal is a significant aspect of the feel and design of your house. It is the first impression visitors, or buyers, will have before they even reach the front door. Here are 3 ways you can improve your home’s exterior design.
1. Outdoor Lighting
Exterior lighting Overland Park can illuminate your landscape and home at night. Sconces on either side of a garage door create a visual frame for your visitors’ eyes to draw to and a lovely chandelier above your front door adds style and sophistication. You also want to light your walkway and any interesting landscape features with spot and path lights. Remember to keep in mind the architectural style of your home when selecting fixtures.
A critical component to curb appeal is your landscaping. Be sure to keep bushes, and other greenery, pruned and manicured. It should complement the house, not devour it. If your planters and beds are littered with dead or dying plants, consider replacing them with plants indigenous to the area. Not only will this simplify upkeep but the new color will boost the overall feel of the house. Reseed bare spots in your lawn and replace decomposed gravel in your hardscaping. Finally, repair or replace any retaining walls or walkways that may be cracked or falling apart.
3. Exterior Paint
If you are going to be living in the home, do what makes you happy. If you are looking to sell your home there are a few painting dos and don’ts:
- Avoid bright colors: a red front might be exciting for some people, but not all.
- Use fresh and neutral colors: muted greens with black and white accents are a great option.
- Consider existing architecture: is there exposed brick? Shutters? Does have coastal or victorian vibes? These should inform your color choices as well.
Whether for yourself or to increase your home’s value, you can’t go wrong with sprucing up your home’s front elevation.