Curb appeal is more than just trying to impress or catch the eye of your neighbors. It’s also about creating a sense of welcoming warmth before visitors even step through the door. And the truth is, creating curb appeal doesn’t have to be expensive. There are a few simple things you can do to give your house and yard a unique and outstanding first impression. Every area is different, so check with your HOA first to find out about any restrictions that may affect your project.
1. Create a mailbox garden
A little extra effort with your landscaping goes a long way in creating curb appeal. A simple planting around your mailbox is a quick project that can be completed in an afternoon, but the visual impact will last far longer. Start by choosing plants and flowers that will remain small and controlled, to ensure they don’t interfere with the box or become unruly. Select colors that create visual interest while coordinating with the color of your home and existing landscape plants.
After removing the grass from the area you wish to plant, mix in some quality bagged soil or compost before planting to ensure that your plants will get the nutrients they need. Bury the plants to the same depth they are planted in the containers they were purchased in, then add a 2-3” layer of mulch to control erosion and keep the soil moist. Water well and continue to water daily for the first few days while your mailbox garden establishes itself.
2. Have a front porch chat
If you have a front porch, don’t miss out on a great opportunity to create an inviting outdoor room. It is a perfect place to meet new friends and relax with old ones. Consider adding comfortable, inviting seating—like rocking chairs or benches—and a small café table, then brew a pot of coffee and call your neighbors. Complete the look by adding seasonal plants and décor for a great outdoor space that will get everyone talking.
3. Plant your entry
A few well-maintained plants and flowers in coordinated decorative containers can go a long way toward making your entry more welcoming. Plants are easier to care for than you might think, and a few pots in a variety of colors and designs can make a stunning visual statement. For best results, use a potting soil that is made to retain water; this will keep your greenery looking great even if you forget to water them once in a while.
4. Announce the seasons
Even the most beautiful front door can be livened up with a touch of seasonal inspiration. Don’t limit yourself to the usual winter décor when there are four seasons and plenty of holidays to celebrate! Attractive wreaths and banners can be made from an assortment of different materials in a variety of colors, styles, and textures, so you are sure to find something that complements your home.
5. Light up the night
With all the time and effort that goes into bringing out the curb appeal of your new home, make sure it can be seen no matter what time of day it is. A little lighting goes a long way toward drawing the eye right where you want it.
Pathway lighting along a walkway or driveway not only enhances the after-dark beauty of your landscape, it makes it safer as well. It comes in a variety of styles and colors, and there are even eco-conscious solar lighting options that won't affect your power bill. Create even more visual interest with strategically placed uplights. Uplighting is perfect for accentuating architectural features and creating drama.