- Decorate the front door.
Your home’s doorway plays a crucial role in creating a solid first impression. When’s the last time you gave it a good clean-up and facelift? Yeah… that’s what we thought. Take 30 minutes over the weekend to clean up the door and door knob. Use metal polish on the fixtures. Your home’s entry should reflect its interior. Dress it accordingly.
Dig Deeper: Looking for something a little extra? Give your home a splash of color, matching it to either your accent or trim. Make sure it complements the color palette nicely and you stick to the 60-30-10 rule!
- Create symmetry
Symmetry is both pleasing to the eye and easier to implement from a design standpoint. So why not simplify everyone’s life and make our entry ways more symmetrical? Sconces, flower pots, and well placed wreaths on a door can all add an element of symmetry to your home, leaving visitors extremely pleased without even being able to explain why!
- Add shutters or accent trim
Shutters and trim add an element of depth to your home’s exterior and can really help set it apart from the neighbours. The best part? You could use the neighbours’ homes as leverage to make your home stand out! (No no no, that’s not cheating! It’s common practice). Borrow a color from your neighbours home to use as an accent or trim on your own home (so long as it matches) and your home will both stand out and blend in beautifully.
- Replace gutters & downspouts
Don’t let a leaky gutter system drain your home’s value (pun intended). If your home’s gutter system is suffering from peeling paint, rust or other problems, it can send the wrong message to visitors and prospective buyers. Replace old system with newer, vinyl rainware systems like those made by the good people over at Plastmo®. They have great colors to match your siding, require no painting, and are super easy to install with just a few tools.
- Refresh your siding & trims
OK this one may take more than a weekend, but we couldn’t resist. An exterior facelift can completely transform the look of your home and is well worth the investment. Make sure you research how to pick a great color palette, and learn about the different trim board options before making any final decisions. Explore the possibilities on Home Designer 2.0!