8 Inspiring Ways to Amp Up Your Curb Appeal

Julia Millay Walsh
We have a tendency to focus on the interiors of our home, but the truest first impression our friends and guests have is what they see from the curb. With a few exterior updates, your house will be the biggest supermodel on the block. _1
smoldering_red Paint your front door a chic, eye-catching shade, and you'll have all the passersby stopping to gawk in envy. Choose a colour that complements your home; if you need help deciding, pick the shade that's opposite the colour of your house on the colour wheel. Red, orange, yellow, chartreuse, and teal are some of our favourites."Smouldering Red" #2007-10, From $37, Benjamin Moore
d1 Stand out from the crowd of boring doors by accessorizing with a chic door knocker. Try something playful and animal-inspired like an elephant tusk or a horse's head or choose something reserved like an oversize round handle or a nautical anchor. (And while you're at it, replace old hardware like door handles and hinges, too.)What other exterior updates do you recommend? Share your ideas in the comments below.Lobster Door Knocker, $40, Anthropologie
d2 Bring a little life to your doorstep by framing it with a pair of topiaries, citrus trees, or potted plants. A little greenery can go a long way, not only adding colour, but also bringing a sculptural element to your home.Live Ivy Ball Topiary on Stem, $499, Pottery Barn
d3 New house numbers can installing bring intrigue to your home's exterior. If your home has modern architecture, try a sans-serif font, and if it's more traditional in style, try a serif font with an elegant shape -- and perhaps a chic finish like glossy black or antiqued brass.Modern House Numbers, $30, Rejuvenation
d4 Finding bills in the mailbox is never a fun activity, but at least it will be a little more chic if you upgrade your mailbox from the standard steel post-office-issued design. We're loving copper-clad designs and contemporary wooden ones. Just don't get too kitschy.Classic Post Mount Copper Mailbox, $248, Signature Hardware
d5 If your guests and neighbours can't even see your house, it will have literally no curb appeal whatsoever. So install outdoor lighting to light the way and offer safety and security. Be sure to illuminate your walking paths and any entrance areas.Bayport Collection Post Lamp, $95, Lamps Plus
pure_white Painting your home's entire exterior is a surefire way to update its look, but of course, it's costly. Plan B is to simply paint your shutters and/or trim. You'll surprised what a fresh coat can do."Ultra Pure White" #UL260, $3, The Home Depot
d9 We can't tell you how many sad, dilapidated door mats we've encountered in this world. Fresh up your threshold with a new one. We're partial to the classic monogrammed designs, but if you want to get playful there are plenty of modern options out there. Steer clear of anything too colourful -- or floral!Monogrammed Doormat, From $29, Grandin Road
  Photographs: Gil ShaferApartment Therapy, A Paddington Perspective, Dwell, Quintessence, Architectural Digest, House & Garden, Dwell, Better Homes & Gardens, Pottery Barn, Creative Outdoor Solutions, RWA Architects, S.R. Gambrel, Thistlewood Farms

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