Spotlight the Entry
Good curb appeal has visual impact all day long, but it shouldn't end at sunset. Make your house the evening star of the neighborhood with entry fixtures, landscape lighting, and lighting under the eaves.
Landscape Lighting Tips
A coach-style sconce can find a happy home in a range of settings. The burnished-metal look and handsome shape are compatible with such a formal architecture as Federal and such a whimsical style as cottage.
Add Signature Details
Fresh paint and a beautiful applied molding design draw eyes to this front door without compromising its historical charm. Welcoming touches such as a hand-painted house number and yellow wreath enhance the exterior's personality and curb appeal.
Pull the Look Together
An arch-top door and taupe-painted brick provide the perfect backdrop for boxy, overscale sconces. The sconces' rounded tops mimic the arched entryway, while their square profiles complement the shape of the door's windows, X-motifs, and hardware.
House Numbers: How Big?
Generally, house numbers should be 4 to 6 inches tall for high visibility. Mount them where they can be spotted easily, such as on the front door, near the mailbox, or above the entry.
Tip: Avoid numerals that might rust or be difficult to clean. House numbers should be no-maintenance items.
Add Curb Appeal
Jazz up the front entry with one-of-a-kind address numbers. Choose a wrought-iron or brass design for a classic look, or try neon numbers for a modern twist.
For a bold, budget-friendly look, stencil oversize numbers onto a concrete stoop with paint. Brown and black hues were mixed to give the numbers a mottled look.
Refresh Tired Fixtures
Don't let old fixtures leave your facade feeling flat. Paint perks up an exterior for much less than the cost of new fixtures. Freshen a flea market metal door knocker with a paint designed for metals. Lights get a bright coat to tie in the yellows and greens of the rest of the porch.
How to Paint Door Hardware
Paint the Front Door
Show your color personality at home by painting your front door a bold, bright color and adding complementary accessories.
It's easy to give new homes a been-here-forever patina. Cover a front entry with mismatched, old-world-inspired details such as a rugged wall lamp and mailbox. Here, antique hardware and tile house numbers gently age new doors and gates.
Light the Night
Dramatic fixtures over the entrance will help guests experience your home in a whole new light. Pendants suspended from this gated arbor enhance nighttime views and pull visitors toward the front door.
With its mottled glass shield banded by a single hoop of metal, this lighthouse lantern is perfect for a Cape Cod-style house. The fixture is a good candidate for an energy-saving compact fluorescent bulb because the opaque glass will mask the shape of the light source, even a twisty fluorescent.
As long as it is convenient for your mail carrier, mailboxes can be attached to the wall near the door or mounted a few feet away on a short post. Sleek and crisp, a vertical stainless-steel mailbox lends a modern touch to this charming cottage.
Tip: Check with local postal authorities about any installation regulations in your community before changing your mailbox placement.
Give the doorbell a rest by adding a new door knocker. It's a fun and stylish way for guests to announce their arrival.
A weather vane and cupola harken to an earlier time of American residential construction, but these charming add-ons still delight. Available in a variety of sizes, cupolas and weather vanes give your roof a jaunty touch of curb appeal.