When people are coming to your house, whether to visit, or potentially buy it, their first impressions will be made by seeing the outside of your home. Just a split second is enough for someone to dismiss the charm and beauty of your home, so it’s important to make the most out of the front of your home. Whilst a bad impression can be made extremely quickly, it doesn’t take a lot of effort to ensure the front of your home has kerb appeal.
Paint your door
This is extremely simple, but your front door is the thing people will notice first. Depending on your house, you may want to try high gloss bright colours, which are currently in style. Black is a classic option and will work well with any building. Matt, muted and washed out colours offer a contemporary look.
Choose high quality door furniture
Spending extra money for high quality door furniture will really make the difference to the appearance of the outside of your home. Always choose door furniture that compliments your property, for example, a heavy Victoriana door knocker will simply look wrong unless your home is Victorian. Brushed aluminium and chrome works brilliantly for modern homes.
Invest in lighting
A lantern in a portico entrance or lamps either side of your front door will give a dramatic and striking look to any property. Make sure the lighting you use isn’t too big, or it’ll come off as brash and tacky. Lighting your driveway or placing lights in your shrubbery is the perfect way to subtly light your garden.
Clean your windows regularly to avoid them looking dirty and unkempt. Rotten window frames need to be replaced as soon as possible, and if you’re getting new windows, ensure they fit the style of the rest of the house. Additionally, all your blinds and curtain linings should match when seen from the outside of your house.
The approach to the front door
Whether you have steps, a driveway or a garden path, you need to make sure they’re swept from leaves and free of rubbish. All your cars and bikes should neatly be parked for a good look. If you have a porch, you will need to work hard to ensure it doesn’t become a dumping ground for your clutter.