We spend most of our time obsessing about our home interior, spending small fortunes on furniture, painting and decorating that we forget that only the select few will ever get to see our effort. Meanwhile, most homeowners tend to forget about the exterior to the point where they get embarrassed when they see what their home sweet home looks like on the outside.
Fortunately, it does not take a lot of time nor a lot of effort to spruce up your exterior. All it takes is a little creativity and effort and your exterior can match your interior. We spoke to the experts at Radford Gates to get a few pro tips on how to best spruce up your exterior this summer.
One of the easiest ways to freshen up your exterior is to give your front door a fresh coat of paint. Replacing your front door can be expensive, but a fresh paint job is an easily manageable and affordable task that will make all the difference. However, make sure you use paint that was specifically made for exterior painting as it needs to be able to withstand anything the weather throws at it. If you are unsure about the type of paint to use, you can always consult the staff at the local pain shop.
Plants are a great way to freshen up any space, either interior or exterior. What you can do is group a few plant pots of different sizes with various plants that each add a splash of unique color. Consider placing a few plant pots on the sides of your front door or your patio. Play around with different plant pot colors, shapes and textures for the best look.
Another effortless way to give your exterior a dash of style is to layer two doormats on your porch. This is a trend that has been around for a while and new variations are making it all the more exciting. Consider adding a check rug under a traditional doormat. However, make sure the color schemes and prints match well together, otherwise it might look tacky.
This is another easy DIY trick you can use to freshen up your patio. You can find stencils at most home improvement stores. All you need is stencil and white spray paint or a paint roller. It might take a few days, but the effort is well worth it. To make the patio look even more sharp add a layer of gray paint first then proceed to add the white paint. This is ideal if you want a traditional vibe for your exterior.
There’s nothing that can light up your home more than actual lighting. Good lighting can really bring out the best of your exterior and make it look like something straight out of a home improvement magazine. Find some good lighting fixtures that match the style of your home and place them in strategic places.
The garage door is the most prominent element of your house exterior. Therefore, a worn out garage door will impact the overall feel of your house (not to mention they are very unsafe). If you plan on making one big home investment this year, we recommend investing in a new garage door. Not only will your home look better, it will contribute to its resale value if you ever plan on moving.