Curb Appeal5 min

19 Steps to Create a Welcoming Home Exterior

Most homeowners spend a considerable amount of time and money making their home’s interior inviting, but can sometimes fail to prioritize exterior upgrades. It’s important to ensure the home style design of your exterior offers the same welcoming atmosphere that your interior provides so guests feel your hospitability right from the curb.

Here are the top six tips and tricks to create a home aesthetic that makes your guests feel welcome before even stepping foot inside. 

  • Give your front door a fresh coat – When guests approach the welcome mat, they shouldn’t be distracted by a dull door with chips and dings. By adding a fresh coat of paint, they’ll get a great first impression from the start.
  • Add accent trim – Simple accents can make a big difference. Adding trim, for example, can accentuate your home’s visual flair and symmetry.
  • Don’t forget about your mailbox – A neglected or mismatched mailbox can take away from a home’s look and charm. Ideally, a mailbox color and style should mirror that of the home’s siding for a cohesive look from the curb.
  • Remember landscape lighting – Adding lighting to illuminate the walking path to your front door will ensure guests feel invited even in the evening hours. 
  • Add window boxes full of bright plants and flowers – Vibrant plants and flowers around the home can add an eye-catching pop of color. Choose metal for a traditional look and wood for a more charming addition beneath the windows.
  • Think beyond the front yard – Sure, the front yard is what guests will see first when arriving at your home. However, consider an outdoor element like a backyard shed, which can be visible from the curb, for a unique focal point.

An exterior that is welcoming is sure to make your guests feel right at home. Follow these tips and you’ll be well on your way to a more inviting home in no time.

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Trends3 min

5 Using the Right Siding for Your Modern Home

The modern house design is marked by its simple, yet sophisticated style—a bold rebellion against the ornate Victorian and Edwardian-style homes of the 19th century. Built between 1900 and the late 1950s, modern homes feature intentional asymmetry, strong horizontal composition and large expanses of glass. Inspired by the demand for improved living and entertaining, modern homes feature open layouts and include elements of favorite architectural styles such as Arts and Crafts and ranch.

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16 r 4 Tips to Harmonize Your Home’s Exterior and Outdoor Color Scheme

Summer outdoor entertaining season is officially here! Ensure the atmosphere is just right for guests by creating eye-pleasing symmetry among your home’s exterior, landscaping and outdoor elements. And much of that eye-pleasing symmetry starts with a harmonious color palette. One of the best (and easiest) ways to ensure your home’s exterior and outdoor color scheme is working together? Buy a color wheel at an art supply or home improvement store to effortlessly reference color cohesion before getting started on any projects (however big or small).

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18 r What’s a HELOC and How Can it Finance Your Next Remodel?

U.S. homeowners have a record amount of available equity at their fingertips—more than $6 trillion to be exact—which is the highest volume ever recorded. Home Equity Lines of Credit (HELOCs) can be used to cover a wide variety of expenses, like undertaking a much-needed remodeling project, paying off debt or even finally going on your dream vacation.

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21 Infographic: Smooth Siding for Modern and Traditional Styles

Who says you’re limited to your home’s interior when it comes to letting your design personality shine? The power is yours to choose a siding option that ensures your home’s exterior reflects your aesthetic style.