Making an impact with a well planned exterior design, is just as important as planning your interior. First impressions and street appeal not only say a lot about who you are, but can also add thousands to your property, so put some effort into making the outside of your house DAMN FINE LOOKIN'.
My top five tips to kick some street appeal butt:
1. Have a clear access path to your front door
A clear path makes your home inviting. Confusing your visitors by making them problem solve how to access your front door via an obscure path, can dampen their mood before they even arrive. You want their walk from your gate to the front door to be simple - a path they can walk mindlessly. Detail can be the difference between 'nice' and 'knock out' street appeal, so pay attention to the little things - trim the edges of the lawn, sweep the path regularly and check for spiderwebs around your front door.
2. Beautify the journey from the street to your door, with greenery and exterior features
Having a simple, clear path does not mean it needs to be boring. Think of your walk from the gate to the door as a journey. Hopefully a journey through a beautifully designed outdoor space and garden, rather than an obstacle course through overgrown weeds and rusting bikes! Use landscaping, pot plants, door mats and exterior features to express your style and bring some welcoming appeal to your entry. Create inviting outdoor living zones along the way, with hanging chairs or outdoor settings if you have the space.
3. Make sure your journey is well lit
Lighting is so important for creating atmosphere, so think about opportunities to light up the path and welcome people into your home. Combine beautiful feature lighting with subtle integrated path and garden lighting, to nurture an inviting ambience on the way to your front door, no matter the time of day or night.
4. Make a statement
Install a beautiful door knocker, feature lights and a unique door handle, or perhaps a splash of bright paint, beautiful fret work, or a character fly screen door, to make your entrance unique and to create a statement about you and your home. Always seek to inspire and invite using a visual story that reflects who you are and suits your style. This is the perfect place to introduce visitors to your style and make a statement about who you are, so choose features you love and own the space!
5. Continue the style you've created outside, beyond the front door
The secret to a beautiful home is style consistency and visual flow, so choose a style you love and reflect it in everything from your gate and garden, to your interior paint colour, fixtures and furnishings. Your exterior and interior visual story should be harmonious and create a beautiful flow throughout, so be consistent.
This is the part that most people find difficult. If you would like some help to identify your own unique personal exterior / interior style, including some pointers on how to pull your look together, email me firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. I would to help!
Small changes can make the hugest impact and these design updates would be well worth it - potentially adding thousands to your property value and improving your lifestyle. Sounds like a weekend busy bee well worth it to me!