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April 1, 2019

Kerb appeal: 7 tips to make the most of your home’s exterior

If your once vibrant home is now looking decidedly dull and drab, we have some ideas that will help you prioritise your exterior as much as your interior. Whether you’re looking to add value to your property for prospective homebuyers or want that show-stopping wow factor simply for your own satisfaction, take on our top tips to make the most of your home’s exterior.

Make a statement with your door

The main focal point of any house is often the front door and a positive first impression is crucial. Welcoming woodland shades are making a comeback in 2019, which means the introduction of mushroom greys and fern-inspired colours. From regular-sized entrances to wider-aspect double doors or a floor-to-ceiling feature, there are a variety of ways to create an impactful impression. Deuren recognises that the beauty of a material should never be underestimated – your choice can make a huge difference to the exterior of your property. From the warm tones of mahogany to the individuality of concrete, there’s a material and finish to suit every taste and design scheme. Aim to use locally sourced materials for high-quality finishes to create a stylish and contemporary look. Changing or sprucing up your front door can instantly update a space and bring to life a breathtaking vision.

Invest in the finer details
Accentuate your door with beautiful accessories to ensure that extra attention to detail is not missed. Add a set of shiny numbers, numerals, door knockers or letter plates for prestige. Boost your property’s kerb appeal and consequently its sale price with these effective embellishments. It really is all about the final finishing touches.

Smarten up your garage
To create a unified look, match your garage door to your front door. For extra impact and a seamless flow, match all the finer details even down to the concealed handles and secreted security elements. Whether you’re looking to make a statement or just want to create a uniform exterior, a modern garage door can be as seamless as the practicality. Ensure crisp consistency to the exterior of your home and make your final finish personal. A cleverly picked garage door can look innovative and portray a level of status with its simple symmetry. Opt for practical features such as pedestrian door access to aid your everyday life to run that bit smoother. Take a closer look at our case study of a Pianura 1 Front Door and matching garage door for some inspiration for your much loved home.

Prioritise stylish symmetry and clean lines

Set the scene to your home with striking symmetry. Effective external lighting is highly important during the winter months, and a great deterrent for intruders, but attractive lighting can create a positive ambience outside a home. Highlight your best bits with carefully and equally placed path lights leading to your doorway. Draw attention to your pathway and set the tone for what lies ahead with a perfectly balanced, clean and weed-free kerb. Little changes can make big improvements to your home’s exterior. You don’t have to be a designer to create a balance with your exterior – you can produce a space that everyone finds appealing by incorporating modest tweaks.

Trim up with technology

Security is an attractive selling point and adds a sense of prestige to a property. Invest in external doors that have the ability to incorporate secure, electronic fingerprint and digital keypads to help keep your property safe and secure. A door isn’t just a matter of design, but one of security and peace of mind. If you’re looking to develop your kerb appeal for potential homebuyers, spruce up your security to protect your nearest and dearest.

Paint for perfection
The number of first-time buyers in Britain is at a 12-year high of 175,500[1]. In today’s competitive property market, your refurbishments don’t need to be expensive to add value. According to property guru and presenter Phil Spencer, simply adding a lick of paint to the exterior of your home could add up to £5,000 to the property’s value[2]. A clean white framework is said to create a sense of ambience, peace and opportunity – and can even signify new beginnings. White works with almost any colour exterior and is used best to balance out dark or brightly coloured homes. As the face of your home, your windows are certainly an area not to be overlooked.

Fresh and floral

Inject life and colour with flowers, shrubs, hanging baskets or window boxes that can really lift an entrance to a home, especially if they complement the colour and style of the front door. Plants look better in pairs, so ensure that if your door or porch area is dressed with flowers, that there is an equal amount on each side. For a subtle and savvy lighting option, lift your shrubs with solar powered lights. In addition, a well-manicured front garden can make your home, however big or small, look cared for. Stay in line with the symmetry effect by using hanging baskets as a decorative feature. They’re a great alternative for those who aren’t green-fingered, as they require minimal attention too. If you’re feeling particularly seasonal, a wreath can instantly brighten up a front door. And when you’re finished with it, use it as a centerpiece on your table indoors. There is nothing wrong with simplicity – keep your look consistent and take some time out to add some life back to your beloved home.

Get in touch today for expert advice on how we can help neaten your home’s appearance and make a long-lasting first impression for all the right reasons. Need some inspiration first? Browse and tailor some ideas from our product gallery to find out what best suits your home.

 

[1] https://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/uk/phil-spencers-top-20-ways-add-value-home-get-noticed-market/

[2] https://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/uk/phil-spencers-top-20-ways-add-value-home-get-noticed-market/