A list is going to appear in the May newsletter addressing ten easy ways to update the entrace of your home. This list was adapted from LoveChicLiving. You can find the original article here. I wanted to expand on my version of the list:
¨ Sweep, tidy, and declutter– Do a general cleaning of everything that you can see from the front of your home.
Step back and look at your house from the sidewalk. This is a good way to take an overall inventory of your home and see it from the perspective of someone coming up to your house for the first time. You can see what needs to be cleaned and tidied up.
¨ Give your front door some paint.
It is a current trend to pick a door color that pops. You may have seen some colorful doors showing up around Lincoln. It reminds me of how popular the colorful doors are in Ireland. Pick a color that complements your house and speaks to your own personality.
The decal for the front door can be found on etsy.
¨ Consider new hardware for your door.
Painting your door might not be your preference- perhaps you have a beautiful, stained wooden door or already have a color you love. It's amazing how the little changes can sometimes make the biggest impact. If your hardware is looking a little worn or dated, think about giving it an update.
You can find this hardware at Home Depot.
¨ Add striking house numbers.
Adding a house number is another way to add personality to your home. It is also good to update the house numbers if they are hard to read from the street. While you are taking inventory of your home from the sidewalk make sure that you look at the house number and ask yourself a few questions: Is it easy to find? Are the numbers large enough to read? If I were driving, would I be able to tell what house I am driving by?
If you answered 'no' to any of the above questions, then perhaps it is time for you to update your house numbers. You can find the house numbers pictured below right here.
¨ Add plants and greenery.
Plants can literally liven up your front porch! They add color and interest. If you place them in a pot then they can be changed out with the seasons (or if you don't have a green thumb- they are easily changed out in the event of a plant dying.)
¨ Tidy up the porch area.
If you have chairs and tables outside make sure they are arranged so that there is easy access to the front door. Also make sure to clean around them and place them in both a functional arrangement as well as aesthetically pleasing arrangement.
Photo Credit: Canadian Register of Historic Places
¨ Paint the garage door.
Sometimes the garage door gets neglected. When paint is chipped or faded on the garage door it may appear that the rest of the home is in neglect. A fresh coat of paint can make a world of difference and is a fairly easy maintenance item.
¨ Give some attention to your front gate if you have a fence.
The fence may not be something that you think of when someone mentions the front of your home, but if it is visible from the front you want to make sure that it is also aesthetically pleasing. If it is spring think of adding a wreath onto the front gate. If it is a wood fence in need of a little tender loving care then think about painting it. If it is a vinyl fence then perhaps a good powerwash is in order for it.
¨ Make sure the fence is in good condition.
This goes along with the last suggestion, but it is here to emphasize that sometimes there may be some repair work that needs to be done on your fence. Make sure the gate opens properly. If it doesn't then make sure there is no grass prohibiting it from opening and that all the hardware is well oiled and operating.
Photo By: Ken Lund
¨ Change your doormat.
This is a fun update to your home. Choose a doormat that reflects your personality. You can get a monogrammed mat, one that is decorative, or one with an amusing quote on it. Have fun and pick out what you love- it is your home!
Find this door mat at Target.
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