Some people might think that their home’s exterior doesn’t need to be updated every year, but the truth is it does. Your home’s exterior is the first impression guests have of your property, so it’s important to make sure it’s looking its best.
There are many ways you can update your home’s exterior, and here are ten quick and easy ones:
1. Plant a Tree
Adding the element of greenery to your exterior is an easy way to give it instant charm. Decorate your home with trees, bushes, and seasonal flowers that are sure to delight in each new season!
And remember that placement is critical; place larger plants away from walkways or on corners for added privacy.
2. Hang Artwork on the Front Door
A beautiful accent for your front door is an artwork — be it a family heirloom painting or an ornate tapestry you brought back from vacation.
It’s also essential to make sure any art pieces seem unified in color scheme and style, so they can mesh well with your exterior paint color.
3. Invest in New Hardware
Bringing new life to your doorknobs, knockers, and hinges is a simple way to get a character to your home’s exterior. It also might be the perfect time to change out those dated keyhole covers with intricate designs!
Another quick fix for your doorknobs is switching out the boring hardware that came with them for some modern pieces that will really make a statement.
4. Add Shutters or Window Boxes
Adding shutters or window boxes offers two benefits: they give you something beautiful to look at while simultaneously assuaging privacy concerns by blocking prying eyes from peering through your windows.
The latter can be especially important if you have young children who are still getting used to sleeping in their own rooms — choosing latticed shutters are an excellent way to maintain some privacy without obstructing natural light.
5. Add Address Stone
Adding stone to your home’s exterior is a quick and easy way to pull any look together. The stone can be engraved with whatever you like, but here we recommend adding the address in stone below the traditional house number.
With this simple stone address marker, guests will never wonder which house they’re standing at again!
6. Update Mailbox
If you’re tired of your old, dull mailbox looking out-of-place on the front of your home, consider adding a new one that’s sleeker or more decorative. Adding a new mailbox might be the perfect way to update your exterior’s curb appeal.
Or, if you don’t need to replace your old mailbox, dressing it up is an easy way to get the instant charm. Doing something simple like painting it a fun, bright color will give your exterior the look of an instant makeover.
7. Add Seasonal Decorations
Another quick way to add some charm is changing out your seasonal wreath. This will tie the exterior together with the rest of your home’s interior — and it’s also an excellent way to show off your own style!
Adding string lights or ornaments to your exterior is a great way to add some charm during the holiday season!
Just be sure that you get permission from your local municipality if you want to leave any of these outdoor decorations up after the holidays are over.
8. Paint Your Door
Painting your front door can be an easy way to give it some color or playfulness. Here we recommend choosing a bright, bold color that contrasts with your exterior paint. Remember that the more layers you apply, the brighter your door will be.
You might also want to consider painting the side panels of your entryway as well, which can really brighten up a shaded exterior and brighten up those gloomy winter days as well!
9. Add a Water Feature
Adding water features like fountains or ponds is another quick and easy way to bring interest and character to an otherwise boring exterior.
We recommend adding a doorbell at the same time — it will remind surprise visitors that you’re home when they hear the fountain, and it’s an excellent deterrent for opportunistic thieves.
10. Paint or Stain Over Concrete
Freshening up your concrete paving is one of the best ways to add color and charm to an exterior that looks a bit lackluster. Painting over concrete is easy (and cheap!), but keep in mind it’s not recommended for high-traffic areas like driveways, so if you’re home often, you’ll need to repaint at least once a year!
Staining is a more long-lasting solution; we recommend using a multi-colored stain with natural tones.
And there you have it: ten quick and easy ways to bring charm and appeal to your home’s exterior! Do you have any fun tricks up your sleeve?