Create Lovely Landscaping
It's possible to achieve a well-manicured landscape while sticking to a budget. Start by picking plants that last for a long time without much upkeep, such as peonies, hostas, and irises. Begin with a few varieties, then grow your collection by dividing perennials and exchanging with friends and neighbors.
Update House Numbers
House numbers are functional, but they can also add personality to your home. Choose numbers in a fun style, then arrange on a planter, wall-mounted plaque, mailbox post, or anywhere else you’d like to add character. Make sure the numbers are visible from the street (even at night) so guests can easily find your address.
Repurpose Lantern Lights
Hang a Wreath
Wreaths aren't just for the holidays. Dress up your front door year-round with wreaths in a variety of fun textures and designs. To snag decor at a discount, plan ahead and buy items well in advance. Fall wreaths, for example, go on sale in November and December, so you can buy at a reduced price, then store until September rolls around.
Make a Custom Welcome Mat
Symmetry is pleasing to the eye, but it can be difficult to obtain in home design, especially if your home wasn't built with balance in mind. Capture the effect without a remodel by creating a symmetrical front porch or walkway. Matching potted plants flanking a set of stairs or identical rocking chairs on each side of your front door will do the trick.
Change Decor with the Seasons
Seasonal decor changes your home's look every few months without much effort or expense. To stay within your budget, opt for simple, fresh accents drawn from nature. Try picking up pumpkins, squash, and gourds for fall, and go for evergreen boughs tied with red ribbons in winter. Bright, seasonal blooms do the trick in spring and summer.
Hang a Flag
Install a Swing
Dress Up Railings
Add Color to Your Front Door
Build Character and Curb Appeal
The key to achieving a high-end look is play to your home's strengths and architectural style. If you're on a budget, pick one feature to focus on (such as the shrubbery, lighting, or the front door) and make it the focal point of your exterior. Here, manicured shrubs and sculptural topiaries reinforce this home's polished appearance.
Go for Greenery
Install a Walkway
A pathway leading to your front door is an inviting gesture to guests. Create a DIY garden path with flagstones, gravel, or other inexpensive pavers. Look for stone that blends in with your home's architecture and style.
Light Your Landcaping
Warm lights and lanterns give off a homey vibe without much effort. You likely already have some sort of porch or landscape lighting in place, but consider supplementing it with a spotlight on a favorite tree or garden bed. Add lanterns along your front walkway to light the path for visitors at night.