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11 Welcoming Ways to Up Your Home’s Curb Appeal

by Rebekah Carey

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 yours.

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. —Rebekah

Sarah's Front Porch Is Just As Welcoming As She Is On Design*Sponge
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.
Merry Lake's Colorful New Orleans Abode On Design*Sponge
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 Merry Lake makes a smaller home look so visually interesting because of how the different paint colors all highlight different details of the home's facade.
Monochromatic Style Exterior On Design*Sponge
Multi-colored homes not your thing? Not to worry. Monochromatic homes, like this all-black Catskills cabin, 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.
Spanish Style Home With Tropical Landscaping On Design*Sponge
Ramin and Donna's Spanish style home unites the architectural style of the house with landscaping design that reflects that same look.
Bus house has curb appeal all around on Design*Sponge
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.
The Peace Symbol Adorning This San Francisco Welcomes Neighbors On Design*Sponge
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.
Matching landscaping to house styles on Design*Sponge
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.
Bonnie's Arizona Entrance Displays The Timeless Feel Of The interior Of Her Home On Design*Sponge
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.
Creating Curb Appeal Within An Apartment Window On Design*Sponge
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.
The Bowman Family's Modern Exterior On Design*Sponge
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.
House Number Alignment Alternative On Design*Sponge
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.

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  • A welcoming front door can do so much for a house! After I painted my front door red and added some potted plants next to it, it made a huge difference!

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