We all know better than to judge a book by its cover (or a house by its exterior), but sometimes, that doesn’t stop us. So, if your patio is looking a little more shabby than chic, it might be time for some exterior enhancements.
Whether you’re building, renovating or simply redecorating, here a few simple ways to improve your home’s curb appeal.
5 Exterior Design and Styling Tips
Give the door a do-over
Before anyone walks into your home, they have to open the front door. This means you can form a good first impression right from the get-go! One big change you can make to totally transform the appearance of your home’s exterior is changing the door. Look out for a door that matches the architectural style of your home or consider a door that allows in more light (e.g., doors with glass panels). Not only will this look great from the street, but it’ll improve the feng shui inside, too!
If you’re renting or already happy with your current door, a good spring clean can make the world of difference. Wipe any marks off the surface, polish the door handle and lubricate the hinges.
Light up the night
If you have the space and the required wiring, install a porch light next to your door. With an outdoor light, your home will always look cosy and inviting to visitors, plus it makes unlocking your door at night much easier (not to mention safer!).
If you aren’t able to install electric lights, considering placing solar lighting in your garden beds or along your walking path. You could even pop some fairy lights around your trees or fence (providing they are fairly secure). They may not shine as bright, but they’ll help to create a lovely glow to your home.
Style your windows with shutters
If you’re searching for ways to improve your home’s curb appeal, you’ll notice that multiple design experts recommend installing plantation shutters. This is because outdoor shutters, particularly ones made from aluminium, can boost the value of your home.
The addition of aluminium outdoor shutters to your windows can help to create a neat and uniform appearance. Appearances aside, shutters also tick a lot of boxes for home buyers, especially for those who value security, privacy and durability.
If you’re interested, you can buy DIY plantation shutters directly from our online store. Simply measure your windows, pick your preferred colour and they’ll be shipped to your door in no time.
The devil’s in the details
When it comes your outdoor décor, it’s not all about the big show-stopping furnishings and fixtures. Sometimes, the smallest of details can make the world of different. Consider your mailbox or house number, for example. When was the last time they got an update? If they're out of date or worse-for-wear, it might be time to take a trip to your local hardware store.
Finish with furnishings
For our fifth and final tip, we recommend adding some inviting outdoor furniture to your home’s exterior. If you have the room, rocking chairs, love seats and alfresco lounges are the way to go. Nothing says ‘stay a while’ like a comfy seat!
If you’re struggling to find space, even just a single chair or stool will go a long way in making your home appear more inviting to passers-by and guests.
For more tips on getting your home ready for guests, check out this blog. If you’d like more information, you can get in touch via Facebook or by calling my Australian customer support team on 1300 699 041 and they'll beat any competing in-store or online blinds quote you may have by a huge 10 percent!
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