Showing off your style and personality isn’t limited to the way you decorate the rooms inside your home; you can create a one-of-a-kind look to your house’s exterior too. Whether it’s painting your front door an eye-catching color or planting flowers and shrubs in your front yard, your home should resemble you both inside and out.
Personalizing your space is what shows like HGTV’s Curb Appeal, Design on a Dime, Color Splash, and House to Home are all about. So, channel your inner designer and try some of these home exterior upgrades that will make a big impact.
Paint Your Door
If you want your home to stand out, paint your front door a contrasting color to your home. This will set your home apart from the other homes in your neighborhood. A gallon of paint costs about $30 at the hardware store or $16 at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ReStore.
Make sure you choose a contrasting color that complements your home's main color. For example, red adds a contrasting pop of color when used with muted neutrals. Navy looks great with any color.
Once you’ve found the perfect color, add some fun accessories to your entrance area such as a rug, monogrammed wreath, flowers, or a welcome sign.
Add Outside Seating
This is a great way to make your home more inviting. If you have a front porch, add a cute seating area for small gatherings. It’s a cheap and easy way to make your home feel warm and friendly while adding curb appeal. Get some inspiration from our DIY page, where you can see how some of our customers have restored some old chairs for their front porch.
If you don't have a front porch, you can still add a seating area to the landscaping. A seating area placed under a tree or nestled in some shrubs or flowers will also create an inviting look.
Add Planters and Shrubbery
Adding to your home’s landscaping is a common way to boost curb appeal. Beautiful landscaping can make your home look inviting and add a bit of color. Frame your home with a tree on either side of the entryway or the home itself. You can even make some decorative fake plants that look great in any yard. Or, you can plant small flower beds along the path to your front door.
Flowerboxes under the windows can also add color to your home, and they're inexpensive. With a little time and water, you can watch them grow throughout the season.
Get a New Mailbox
A new mailbox can make a big impression on visitors and have a big impact on curb appeal. It shows attention to detail. That's more important to prospective buyers than visitors, but it’s still a nice touch. If your mailbox is attached to your home, it’s simple to replace.
If your mailbox is next to the road, it’s a little trickier to replace. You’ll need to make sure you follow regulations and mount the mailbox properly. But this is still a cheap way to update your exterior on a tight budget.
Upgrade Your House Numbers
House numbers make it easy to find your home, but they also add to your home’s curb appeal. If your house numbers are old and faded, it’s time to replace them. You can buy new numbers at your local hardware store or Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ReStore for about $2 per number.
You can also opt for a slightly more expensive customized plaque, which can help your home stand out on your road.
Add Outdoor Lighting
Lighting can make all the difference to your home exterior. It not only makes your home stand out, it also makes it safer for guests or family members arriving home after dark. Check out our DIY Photo Gallery to see some beautiful lighting from our customers. You can add lighting to the pathway leading up to your front door or add outdoor lighting to your seating area to create a warm ambiance.
Adding to your home’s curb appeal is the perfect way to welcome guests, and one day, buyers. Since you’re only limited by your own creativity, it’s a good idea to start by creating a list of the changes or additions you’d like to make. From there, you can prioritize your projects by considering factors like seasonality, budget, time, and overall impact.
If you are planning on selling your home, contact your realtor and ask what buyers are looking for in home exterior. This will save you both time and money when giving your home exterior an upgrade.