How would you like to raise the value of your home by 7% to 14%? It’s easier than you think. It’s all about curb appeal, according to Realtor.com. That’s maybe the best reason to decorate your front yard: to improve the curb appeal. While you may have no interest in selling your home right now, creating an attractive front lawn will pay dividends in enjoyment. This is true even if a home sale isn’t in your near future. As such, we recommend the following six tips to help you decorate your front yard and improve your curb appeal at the same time.
Blemishes, like weeds or overgrown grass, broken tiles, or dirty sidewalks, reduce your home’s curb appeal. This, in turn, reduces your home’s ROI at sale time. Before you start any serious work on landscaping and other decorative elements, take the time to fix anything that’s broken, whether it’s windows and doors or an unruly lawn. Make this the first step of your front yard decorating plan. It creates a strong foundation on which you can execute the rest of your plan.
Manicured lawns, with lovely shrubbery and fragrant flowers, calm the senses and invite people to linger a bit in front of your home. To catch the eye, try working with different sightline levels when you’re planning your landscaping.
For example, incorporate low-level, ground-covering flowers and vines in the flower beds. Then add some visual height by flanking your walkway with topiaries planted in brightly-colored pots. Finally, affix hanging flower planters on the ceiling of the front porch. These steps, plus a nicely-cut lawn, create beauty and visual harmony.
If you do any kind of interior decorating, then you know that there is such a thing as a focal point in decorating. In your living room, it would be something like a built-in fireplace. It’s the big piece that draws the eye in and around which, the rest of the decor in the room is balanced.
You can employ the same kind of eye trick to the front lawn by creating a focal point. A natural focal point would be a feature, like a large old tree, around which you plant a flower bed or place curved benches.
However, you don’t have to have a natural focal point like a tree to do something like this. Man-made features, like a tall one-piece aluminum flagpole, surrounded by curving benches and flowers all around replicate this idea. Basically, your focal point is meant to draw the eye in and create interest in the rest of the house.
The walkway up to your front door offers you another way to draw the eye into the “picture” of your front lawn. As such, it makes a natural spot to decorate. You have many options for this. You can plant flowers on each side of the walkway at six- or eight-inch intervals.
Another option is to add outdoor lights. If you install solar lights, then they’ll recharge during the day and light up the path at night. This gives you an additional safety feature as well, which future buyers may appreciate.
Once upon a time, people used to sit on their front porches with a glass of lemonade and offer up chat with their neighbors. This setup had everything: a bench to sit on, some side tables for the lemonade, and even potted plants to the sides of the bench.
Adding a bench or a porch swing to your front porch is like giving your guests a subconscious message to sit down and stay a while. It is a throwback to a simpler, better time, which is something many people long for these days.
Add a bit of eye-catching, soul-inviting furniture to your front lawn decorations and see how it will change the vibe for the better.
This one is a practical suggestion. There’s nothing more frustrating than driving around, looking for a home you’ve never been to, only to find out you’ve driven past it three times. This happened because the house numbers were either too small or non-existent.
Beautiful house numbers not only add to your home’s curb appeal but also ensure that any visitor to your home finds your home safely and easily. This is an especially important consideration at night. No one likes to drive around in circles in an unfamiliar neighborhood. Big house numbers equal getting lost less.
While the scope of this article often centered around creating curb appeal if you want to sell your home, the fact is, you don’t need to wait until you’re ready to sell. Having a lovely lawn to enjoy is a benefit in its own right. A beautifully-decorated front yard will welcome you home each night from work, refreshing your heart and soul after a long day. It is just the excuse you need to restart a tradition like lemonade on the front porch.
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