Curb Appeal Ideas: 8 Design Tricks for a Prettier Home Exterior

You'll love pulling up to your home once you've tried these little tricks to spruce things up.

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Even if you are not planning to sell your home anytime soon, a fresh and welcoming exterior is a wonderful thing to come home to each day. From front doors, house numbers and porch furnishings to color schemes, landscaping and basic repairs, this smorgasbord of curb appeal ideas will hopefully inspire a few changes around your own home.


Curb Appeal 1Ana Williamson Architect, original photo on Houzz

Curb appeal idea: Add big, bold house numbers
It’s so easy to swap out house numbers, and this one thing can make a huge impact. Echo your house style in the numbers you choose—a clean sans serif font for a modern house, hand-painted tiles for a cottage, aged copper for a Prairie-style home etc. Also, consider repainting your front door. A color that pops can be hugely cheering.


Curb Appeal 2Portal Design Inc, original photo on Houzz

Curb appeal idea: Do light landscaping
Built-in concrete planters, a low stone wall or new paths are all great ways to add structure to your front yard that will last for many years to come.


Curb Appeal 3CK Architects, original photo on Houzz

Curb appeal idea: Replace your front lawn with flowers
Dig up part or all of your front lawn and plant perennials instead for a lush landscape that sets your house apart.


Curb Appeal 4Lasley Brahaney Architecture + Construction, original photo on Houzz

Curb appeal idea: Add a shiny new door knocker
Gorgeous hardware (plus a glossy paint job) can make even the plainest door look very classy.


Curb Appeal 5Abramson Teiger Architects, original photo on Houzz

Curb appeal idea: Echo the architecture with paths
Another way to accent the style of your home is by repeating the lines of the architecture in the paths and landscaping surrounding it. Wide, angular paths echo the geometry of the modern home here.


Curb Appeal 6Highland Homes, Inc., original photo on Houzz

Curb appeal idea: Add fresh porch furniture
A pair of matching rockers, Adirondack chairs or a cozy glider is a must when you have a front porch that is visible from the street.

Curb Appeal 7EASA Architecture, original photo on Houzz

Curb appeal idea: Add depth with a fence
A low fence around a property not only adds a welcome boundary between a hectic street and a private space, but it also makes the front yard seem larger.


Curb Appeal 8Michael J. Lee Photography, original photo on Houzz

Curb appeal idea: Paint the garage door
The garage takes up a lot of visual space, so it pays to make sure it looks its best.


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Laura Gaskill is a Houzz Contributor who covers topics ranging from decorating ideas, product picks, Houzz tours, and interviews with designers and architects to the monthly home maintenance checklists. 

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