17 Ways to increase your home’s curb appeal

Remember my last blog on the Houzz and HUD reports? Well, here is an article for those of you looking to sell, or those who want to update the outside of your house. Some new furniture, big lighting, or a fresh coat of paint can do wonders for curb appeal and mood. Check it out…

The word on the street? Homes with appealing front views can sell faster, lift moods and convey a warm welcome

Even if you are not planning to sell your home anytime soon, a fresh and welcoming exterior is a wonderful thing to come home to each day. From front doors, house numbers and porch furnishings to color schemes, landscaping and basic repairs, this smorgasbord of ideas will hopefully inspire a few changes around your own home.
modern exterior by Ana Williamson Architect

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1. Add big, bold house numbers. It’s so easy to swap out house numbers, and this one thing can make a huge impact. Echo your house style in the numbers you choose — a clean sans serif font for a modern house, hand-painted tiles for a cottage, aged copper for a Prairie-style home etc.Browse house numbers in the Products section2. Paint the front door.A front door that pops can be hugely cheering. Read up on all of the options in Houzz’s series on choosing a front-door color.
traditional exterior by Highland Homes, Inc.

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3. Add fresh porch furniture. A pair of matching rockers, Adirondack chairs or a cozy glider is a must when you have a front porch that is visible from the street.4. Swap out porch lighting. Try replacing tiny sconces with a big, statement-makingpendant light, add recessed lighting beneath the eaves or install solar lights along the front walk.
modern exterior by Nick Deaver Architect

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5. Add a hot-red accent.Red has such vibrancy; a little goes a very long way. Try a bright red bench, planter or mailbox to add zing that can be seen from across the street.
modern exterior by Portal Design Inc

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6. Do some hardscaping. Built-in concrete planters, a low stone wall or new paths are all great ways to add structure to your front yard that will last for many years to come.
7. Spruce up the side yard. Camouflage an eyesore with attractive fencing, clear out weeds and lay out a neat path to the backyard.See how to transform your side yard
traditional exterior by EASA Architecture

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8. Add depth with a fence. A low fence around a property not only adds a welcome boundary between a hectic street and a private space, but it also makes the front yard seem larger.
traditional exterior by CK Architects

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9. Replace a lawn with flowers. Dig up part or all of your front lawn and plant perennials instead for a lush landscape that sets your house apart.10. Repair the driveway and paths. Cement, stone and pavement all can split and crack over time. Repairing or replacing damaged areas can do wonders to freshen up your home’s street view.
traditional entry by Michael J. Lee Photography

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11. Paint the garage door. The garage takes up a lot of visual space, so it pays to make sure it looks its best.12. Refinish the porch floor. If your porch floor has seen better days, renew it by stripping off old layers of paint and finish, and brushing on stain or paint.
13. Add a shiny new door knocker. Gorgeous hardware (plus a glossy paint job) can make even the plainest door look very classy.
modern exterior by Kropat Interior Design

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14. Try a unique front door. A really eye-catching front door can be just the thing to give a plain exterior a big dose of personality. Whether it’s supersleek and modern steel or a beautifully detailed Craftsman-style door, it can set the tone for the entire house.15. Match plantings to your house style. Let the plants and pots you choose reflect the style of your house for a cohesive look. Accent a modern home with succulents and spiky-leafed plants in simple round pots, or surround your cottage with lush beds of flowers.
modern exterior by Abramson Teiger Architects

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16. Echo the architecture with paths. Another way to accent the style of your home is by repeating the lines of the architecture in the paths and landscaping surrounding it. Wide, angular paths echo the geometry of the modern home here.
modern exterior by Rasmussen / Su Architects

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17. Create curb appeal even in the city. When you live in the city, it can be hard to personalize your home’s exterior. Work with what you have by adding neat window planters, glossy black shutters, good lighting and clearly visible house numbers.See more ways to boost curb appeal
Michelle Thomas

Award winning Austin interior designer, Michelle S. Thomas, graduated from the University of Alabama in 2005 with a bachelor’s of Interior Design. Now based in Austin, Texas, Michelle launched her own interior design firm, Michelle Thomas Design, in 2009. Since then, she has completed projects in Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, Pensacola, Florida, and Kansas City, Missouri.

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Our house was a mess before Michelle came in and saved us. We were overwhelmed by the work needed to get our house ready to sell and probably would’ve given up without Michelle’s help. She designed the whole renovation, managed the contractors, and created an amazing finished product. The staging was unbelievable. We sold the house in 4 days and the sale price was significantly higher than it would have been without Michelle’s work! — Kosta