Just as what you wear can project how you see yourself and present yourself to the world, your home’s exterior can do the same. It doesn’t have to be something anxiety-inducing, however. The beauty of curb appeal is that it can be as simple as replacing your house numbers or adding some planters, to as advanced as building a new facade on your house or redesigning the landscaping. Extending the personality of your home to the outside is kind of like the quote by Roald Dahl, “If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” The same goes for adding those personal touches that makes your home
Whatever your home’s era, architectural style, or size, there are a myriad of ways to make it feel special. We’re excited to share with you 11 different ways to make your home feel welcoming, be a reflection of you, and highlight your home’s unique style. —
Sarah's Australian abode
reflects her sunny personality. Who you are makes your home special, and the same goes for the outside of your home. Infuse personality into your home's outside by painting your front door your favorite color or having a special receptacle for packages, like this adorable basketed-bicycle.
Just as a front door color that differentiates itself from the rest of the house is such an appeal, the same goes for a house that uses many colors to not only stand out, but also to highlight the home's architectural details. We especially love how
makes a smaller home look so visually interesting because of how the different paint colors all highlight different details of the home's facade.
Multi-colored homes not your thing? Not to worry. Monochromatic homes, like this all-black
, can have just as much of an impact with a limited palette. The dark color makes the home feel dramatic and highlights the clean lines of the house and its windows.
Ramin and Donna
's Spanish style home unites the architectural style of the house with landscaping design that reflects that same look.
Just because your home doesn't have a permanent "curb" doesn't mean its exterior can't welcome people in! This
abode on wheels
opts for a monogram in place of a typical house number.
Something as simple as an oversized emblem, like the peace symbol on
Celia's San Francisco Victorian
, can become a neighborhood landmark and something your neighbors look forward to seeing each day.
Jessica and Yianni
match their landscaping and modern concrete pavers to the sculptural facade they've added to their home. If your home has a distinct style you can choose plants that have that same look, like the clean lines and limited palette the homeowners chose here.
The inside of
Bonnie's Arizona home
is timeless. Borrowing styles from a variety of eras on the inside, it makes sense that the exterior would share that same concept. A vintage metal chair from the 50s, classic red painted porch floor, and thrifted side table all work perfectly to add a little comfort to the elegant Spanish style of the home and potted plants.
Living in an apartment building can make it seem as though there aren't many options to add curb appeal yourself. We love how
Fitzhugh and Lindsay
added topiaries in planters to their windows to give a little individuality to their space.
Creating a cohesive design on the exterior of your home can be achieved by instilling the natural surroundings of where your home is geographically located and combining that with an extension of the interior of your home.
The Bowman family
illustrates this beautifully with a rattan swing, potted cacti and a continuation of the interior color palette.
Updating your house numbers is an incredibly easy way to add curb appeal to your home. We especially love how Maxine split the numbers on her
Victorian-era Kent home
instead of having them on just one side of the facade.