Your home’s exterior is your first chance to make a good first impression, so it’s worth keeping it in tip-top shape. Although it’s important to maintain your kerb appeal for neighbours and visiting guests, it’s equally valuable to do it for yourself; after all, you’re the one who the door mat, front door, letterbox and outdoor decor greets every day. Although renovating your home and revamping your landscape packs the biggest punch, there are also small, easy touches that can help your home be the inspiration and envy of the neighbourhood.
Make sure your house number is noticeable.
When people visit for the first time, the house number is what directs them, so make sure it’s large and easy to read. Personalised letterboxes can also be used to guide guests - and the postman - to your home while being both practical and aesthetically pleasing. While there are a huge variety of designs on offer, outdoor decor should be inkeeping with the style of your house - while large brass numbers might be perfect for your Victorian, Edwardian or Georgian home, chrome hardware may be better suited to your contemporary style new-build.
Ensure there’s lot of outdoor light.
For exterior lighting, it’s often challenging to find the balance between too much and not enough. You want to make sure all nooks and crannies are well lit for security and walkability, but you don’t want to have a pricey energy bill or to light up the whole street looking like a Christmas tree. The best way to find middle ground is to use a wide variety of light sources. Outdoor wall lights are a great way to brighten up your front porch or driveway, while hanging lanterns and fairy lights offer a more romantic, warmer ambience. Do think beyond the front door by adding path lights and accent lights for pavements or garden paths to light the way for you and any guests.
Don't forget about porch and front door decorations.
Your home’s exterior might not offer a lot of decorating opportunities, but that doesn’t mean you can’t work with what you have. At Christmas, seasonal wreaths, signs and festive decorations can be hung on your front door. If you’re feeling extra festive, you can do the same with your doormats, or just stick with a traditional welcome mat all year round. Just be sure that anything placed outdoors can withstand changing weather, regardless of the season.