Easy Ways to Boost Curb Appeal
New sconces and matching aged-bronze hardware, a coat of golden yellow paint, easy-to-apply house numbers and a pair of easy-care planters gave this front door a thorough update. Click here for more details on this project.
Hang a window box
Pretty posies in a sunny window box make a cheerful hello.
Adorn a door
Amp up the personality of your front door with a wreath. Change it with the seasons, or make sure it's a classic for year-round beauty.
Solid and safe, railings also add beauty when they are dressed as smart as these. Pristine white contrasts sharply with the wood steps and darker door.
Country or classic, choose a mailbox style that matches your home's architecture. Large house numbers ensure first-time guests find you easily. Pretty plantings at the base finish the look.
Here, the hanging container says it all. Flowers along the walk and in the container finish the look.
Add a splash of color
The front door is the perfect spot for a jolt of color that might otherwise overwhelm your home.
Changing out the hardware—even in subtle places like on shutters—enhances a home's exterior. Renewed locks, bells or knockers revitalize a look.
Add seasonal accents
An assortment of pumpkins and two tall container gardens add eyecatching seasonal appeal to this home's entrance.
Container plants climbing the steps draw eyes to your door. Art tucked in adds whimsy.
Light the way
Just because lighting is basic doesn't mean the lights have to be. These elaborate beauties blend form and function.
Let everyone know where you are. This bold sign is easy to see even among lush plantings. Or hang the numbers under a light by the front door or on the mailbox.
Add antique shutters
Two antique shutters add shady style to this sunny front door. If you don't have antiques, use paint to re-create the look.
Screen door charm
A wooden screen door adds old-fashioned charm, but the spicy hue keeps the look from being tame.
Welcome mats come in all shapes and sizes. Make sure the one you put down fits your style. This wood one is engraved with the homeowner's name, others come with initials, images of favorite pets, and more.
Hanging artwork in bright shades says welcome in a happy way.
Walkway lighting adds a soft glow at night while safely leading visitors to your door. If you use solar versions, there is no wiring.
Capitalize on your name
The fun font used as the base for this initial says a lot about the homeowner's personalitiy.
Lead them on
A plant-lined path marks the way to your door. Subtle curves invite lingering. Flagstone, brick, pavers, even stamped concrete reflect a thoughtful approach to design.
Stake a claim
Personalizing crockery with names communicates a pride of ownership.
Plasterwork or trimwork painted bright colors adds sweetness to a cottage home.
Work of art
For a scene-stealing door, these homeowners had custom stained-glass work installed that matches the home's craftsman style. Window clings can reproduce the look for much less.
A little brushwork and you've got house numbers that add depth to your door.
Contrasting green trim and log-lattice porch railings add charming cottage character to this cabin's facade.
Red, white and blue goes with every home style!
For added elegance on an old door, add an ornate screen or carving as the homeowner's did over this mirrored door.
Get a handle on it
This detailed handle might not match your home style, but there is one out there that will. Don't settle for blah.
Add classic touches
Symmetrically placed lighting brightens your stoop. Urns underneath echo the classic styling.
A window with geometric designs suits this beacon of welcome. Large house numbers underscore the playfulness.
Personalize the look
This artsy crab hints at the owner's love of the sea, the bunting a military bent. Let the art you display tell visitors of your interests.
Monogram your door
Use your initials to monogram your front door. Not only is the initial on the planters and hanging, it's also etched into the glass.
Get with the swing
A pretty rose-covered arbor and swinging gate beautify property while providing an element of privacy.
Fun door knocker
A simple upgrade is to add a door knocker reflecting your hobby.
Birdbaths, fountains, bubblers—water elements add a cooling touch of nature to a sunny front.
Sense of place
Lakeside or seaside, country or city, adorning your door with icons of the area give it a sense of place.
Etching the glass with a significant date—marriage, homeownership—adds a sentimental element.
A formal pendant light and gold house numbers set a classic mood. Make sure yours suit your home's style.
Ease into it
A profusion of blooms in what is usually an unused easement charms. The arbor and picket fence frame the look. (Check with your city or town for any restrictions on easement plantings.)