Creative Curb Appeal Ideas to Copy Now

Turn a ho-hum exterior into your happy place. These fresh curb appeal ideas will inspire you to get in touch with your creative side, STAT.

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    Set the Scene

    Don't let your backyard have all the fun this year. Dial up the drama out front with an eye-catching landscape design. This Craftsman-style exterior transforms into an arid getaway thanks to sculptural plantings and an entry arbor.

     

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    Shine Bright

    Looking for an easy, inexpensive way to make your exterior stand out? Splash your front door with bold, look-at-me color that can be spotted from the street. This zesty yellow entry invigorates a classic cream-and-black facade.

     

     

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    Shake Things Up

    Most people wouldn't think of placing curtains outdoors, let alone near the front door, but these wispy, barely-there panels are a pretty and practical embellishment; they shield direct sunlight and neighboring views to create a private, pint-size oasis.

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    Have Fun with Accents

    House numbers and entry lighting are an easy, effective way to boost appeal. Create a polished look by choosing fixtures with the same finish, but go for interesting pieces that express your style like these stencil-style numbers.

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    Create a Welcoming Path

    If cement is underfoot on the path to your door, consider upgrading to a wide stone, brick, or curved cobblestone, or adding a hardscape in a tiled design to welcome visitors to your door.

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    Craft a Better Walkway

    Break up boring slabs of concrete with something more stylish. Walkways featuring mixed materials and interesting designs give your exterior an edge.

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    Embrace Industrial

    Lend an urban-chic feel to your front door with industrial accents. Take a cue from this on-trend minimalist look: washed-out wood pairs exceptionally well with slate-color metals, and the duo springs to life when combined with nature's verdant hues.

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    Say Bye to Basic

    To give a boxy porch architectural interest, swap out a standard railing for a custom design. Trust us, it's a simple substitute that can make a world of difference.

    Download this porch railing template.

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    Hint at What's Inside

    Take your indoor style street-side with creative containers, lighting, and front door accessories that nod to what's beyond the entry. Your porch deserves to be pretty, too!

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    Get Your Greens

    Use greenery to take a bright white exterior from sterile to inviting. Line a walkway with colorful containers and shapely hedges for a charming look that says, "Come on in."

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    Score Salvage Style

    Thrifty buys can take curb appeal to a whole new level. This front door -- a $100 antique from Craigslist -- got a fresh facelift thanks to new glass, paint, and hardware. Have fun with color choices, too. A cheery mix of accessories keeps the eye engaged.

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    Make Your Garage Blend In

    If you have a street-facing garage, updating it to match your home's style is a sure way to boost appeal. X-motifs and windows seamlessly integrate with this charming exterior.


    Not ready to splurge on a new door? A fresh coat of paint or an above-the-garage pergola are also noteworthy upgrades.

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    Keep It Simple

    Symmetry is the secret to a simple-yet-stunning entry. Effortlessly create cottage style with a wood door and coach-style sconces. Look for vintage metal containers or shop for new ones with an aged patina to group near the entrance.

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    Add Architectural Details

    It's the details that make a home stand out on the street where you live. Consider investing in architectural details such as an arbor over the garage to add dimension, or framing with shutters for windows with classic appeal. One of our favorites ideas? A wraparound picket fence plus arbor to create a charming first impression.

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    Light it Up

    A lighted driveway or path to your door makes your home welcoming in the evening hours, and also deters any trips and falls that can occur at night. Hardwire low voltage lighting or purchase hiqh quality solar versions that can be staked in the ground. 

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    Welcome with Seating

    Set up a place to sit for a spell on your front porch for passing neighbors – invite them to join you for a chat or a glass of whatever you're serving.

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    Bonus: Budget Curb Appeal

    Become the best-looking home on the block with these affordable, one-of-a-kind curb appeal ideas.

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