Are you itching to improve the outside of your home? Sometimes I work so hard fixing up the inside, I forget all about the outside! But your house’s curb appeal is important–it’s the first thing you see and first impressions matter. I’ve gathered some great DIY projects that are fun to do and will help you make the most of your home’s exterior.
House & Home suggests decorating your porch with several clusters of plants and foliage. Place plants of different heights and quantities on your porch can soften the look of a stark entryway. And who doesn’t want more greenery around?
If you want to improve your curb appeal quickly, homedit recommends painting the front door. This is an easy way to spruce things up so don’t spend too much time thinking about the color. Remember–you can always change the color again tomorrow!
If your porch is very small and you don’t want to over-clutter it with potted plants, consider installing a vertical garden like this one from Cape 27 Blog. That way you can still benefit from beautiful greenery, but you save a lot of space.
If you have a little bit of time and money on your hands, adding a water feature to your front yard–like this one from Freshome–would be a great way to increase your home’s curb appeal dramatically. I especially love the modern feel of this example.
Another way to add greenery in a smaller space is with hanging planters. These DIY hanging planters from A Beautiful Mess are just lovely, and they don’t take very long to make. So whip out a few of these and start hanging them up!
New house numbers are a great way to increase curb appeal in no time. Installing numbers that fit with the style of the home not only make your house easier to spot, it helps give your home a stylish identity. Thanks for the recommendation, Homedit!
Craft Pro recommends pressure washing your front entry way to keep your home glistening. Cleaning is a very cheap way to increase your home’s curb appeal, and it’s also probably the most effective. It may not be very glamorous, but it’d definitely worth a try!
The 2 Seasons posted instructions for painting a runner on concrete steps. If your concrete is old and gross, this is a great way to inexpensively improve the overall look of your home. And I personally love the stripe details they chose to add.
Homedit suggests adding walkway lighting to improve your home’s first impression. No one cares about a house that’s dimly lit! Show off the beauty of your home by highlighting it with walkway lights. There are even lots of solar powered options.
Bella Tucker updated her front porch by stenciling the concrete in a beautiful pattern. The pattern adds a lot of interest and texture to her entry way, and covering up old and yucky concrete is always a good idea. What a great way to increase curb appeal!
Adding pathways to your front yard is a great way to increase your curb appeal. I love this example from Better Homes & Gardens–the paths are so organic amongst the flower beds. You could use pavers to make your walkways, or even just gravel.
Though it may not be the right addition to every yard, adding a fence to the front of your home can be a nice way to define the space against the street. I really love this example of a fence from Freshome–it’s simple enough that it doesn’t feel like a fortress.
For a quick update to your home, Better Homes & Gardens recommends replacing some of the hardware. Old and dated hardware can really bring the look of a house down. Simply replacing–or even painting–old hardware will give your home a fresh feel.
If your house seems like it lacks texture, you could definitely increase its curb appeal by adding some stone or brick like this exterior from Cedar Hill Farmhouse. It may take a bit more time than a weekend, but contrasting the color of your home with a natural stone is totally worth the time.
If your home has lots of windows you may want to consider adding shutters to the outside of your home, like this example from Better Homes & Gardens. Shutters are a great way to add an accent color to your home’s exterior, and they add a layer of interest.
When redesigning the outside of your home, keep in mind how beautiful symmetry can be. The home, featured on House Kaboodle, totally nails symmetry. But your home doesn’t have to be this perfect. Simply making sure plants and accessories are balanced on each side of the house is great.
If you really want to get your hands dirty with your curb appeal project, maybe you should repaint your entire home! I love the paint color on this home featured by Provident Home Design; it’s so refreshing against the white finish.
When enhancing your home’s curb appeal, don’t forget about the mailbox! Better Homes & Gardens explains that mailboxes are opportunities to express personality. You could plant a garden around your mailbox or simply brighten it up with a fresh coat of paint.