In preparation for Thanksgiving and the smell of pumpkin pie, create a little spice of your own with some seasonal curb appeal. You don’t have to limit yourself to pumpkins and hay bales – below are tips and projects for sprucing up your home’s view from the curb this season.
Front door, first impressions
Your front door is one of the first things people notice about your home. Give your door a fresh face with a coat of paint in a bold fall colour to draw the eye to this focal point of your home.
Another project is to replace the door entirely. Consider options with decorative glass accents, and stunning sidelights (windows on either side of the door) to add more natural light while maintaining a sense of style and privacy. Plus, as temperatures start to drop, Energy Star -qualified entry doors, like those from Pella, will help maintain your home’s energy efficiency. For entry door inspiration check out Pinterest or your local home improvement store.
Accessorize with new hardware
Replace your front door hardware for a quick, easy facelift. Choose hardware finishes that compliment light fixtures, mailbox and house numbers for a polished, cohesive look. You’ll be delightfully surprised what a difference new hardware can make in creating an updated look to your home.
Refresh exterior body and trim colours
For a dramatic change, repaint your home’s exterior. It’s bold and can make your home stand out from other homes on the block. Not up for the bold change? To make an impact with a smaller change, add new trim colours. When updating trim, choose colour schemes that match your home’s primary exterior colour, or complement it with a fresh twist.
Create points of interest with plants
You don’t have to stop enjoying beautiful plants and flowers simply because summer is over. Add pops of colour by arranging pots filled with hearty fall flowers like mums, sedum or asters around your front door, or on a porch or deck. Incorporate planters or container gardens of varied sizes, shapes and colours to add visual interest.
Accent with lighting
As summer light fades into shorter, darker days, add exterior accent lighting to the front of your home. Illuminate a walking path with ground-insert solar lights. Or consider solar spotlights to bring out landscaping or to shine on your updated front door. Install matching light fixtures outside your front door, garage door or patio door to provide well-lit entrances that are stylish and inviting to neighbours and guests.
For more curb appeal inspiration, follow Pella on Pinterest and Houzz and visit Pella.com for ideas on how to transform the look and comfort of your home inside and out. (BPT)
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