Paint Your Front Door
One of the easiest ways to transform your home’s exterior is to paint your front door. Choose a subtle shade that blends with your home’s existing materials, or add unexpected color to your front door with a splashy hue. This budget-friendly project can be done in just a few hours for a quick boost to curb appeal.
Curb appeal doesn’t end when the sun goes down. Highlight pathways and trees with landscape lighting. It improves safety and can yield dramatic effects for your home’s nighttime appeal. Plus, new solar landscape lighting can help you save on energy and go green outdoors.
Add Curb Appeal with a Rug
Create a relaxing outdoor room by adding a rug underfoot. Not only does it bring softness to a front porch, deck, or patio, but a rug also encourages guests to sit and linger. Place a table for drinks within arm’s reach and your guests might never want to leave!
Add Container Plants
Use planted containers to create instant curb appeal on a budget. Turn your home’s entry into an inviting focal point by adding a few well-chosen and nicely arranged plants on the front porch. Vary the plant and container sizes, and arrange them on multiple levels.
Accent with Color
When repainting, take the opportunity to choose fresh colors or add an accent color to your exterior color scheme. Paint test patches before committing to a color scheme. While some colors look great on a sample card, they may be too intense on a house.
Planting small ornamental trees is worthwhile if you’re preparing the house for sale soon. If you’re staying put, think long-term and try oaks, maples, honey locust, or other large and strong species suitable for your region. Consider fast-growing species or small ornamental trees, such as pagoda dogwood, redbud, flowering pear, river birch, or Japanese maple; these can add dramatic interest without requiring years to get established.
Window Curb Appeal Tips
Use budget-friendly ideas to increase the curb appeal of your windows. To dress up characterless windows, install house shutters or paint the trim in a modern color to create playful contrast. Window boxes filled with lush foliage bring life to your home’s exterior.
Install a Prefab Trellis
For exterior design on a dime, use an arbor or trellis to give form to your front yard and complement your plantings. To make this curb appeal idea even more budget-friendly, make your own DIY trellis. Then train a flowering vine up the trellis for a gorgeous living wall treatment.
Boost Basic Concrete
Refresh a plain concrete walkway to boost your exterior’s character. Install brick edging or apply a colorful concrete stain to the surface for a playful touch. This budget-friendly curb appeal idea is a quick way to transform your front entry, driveway, or garden path.