How To Make A Great Entrance!
It’s a well-known fact that first impressions last so when visitors come to your home they will immediately make a judgement on your property as well as you when they arrive at your front door.
There are many technics you can use to add instance curb appeal. Here are our top tips to quickly transform your entrance.
One way to instantly transfer the front of your property is to lay a new pathway. There are many different materials on today’s market from slabs, bricks, stones, gravel, concrete, wooden planks, bark and stepping stones all which can be used to create a new walkway.
The use of these different materials either together or own their own creates an individual look. Be creative when you come to lay a new pathway you can create a totally unique walkway to complement your garden and the front of your property.
When thinking about the design of your pathway look at the bigger picture what will complement your garden, home and front door? Think about the use of colours and textures and what the overall garden will look like with the new path in place.
A new pathway can be laid be yourself or you can use a professional.
Tidy The Garden
Landscaping the front garden is a must no one is going be impressed with an un-kept garden! If you have a small court yard garden with a small lawn consider removing the grass and replacing it with gravel or stones for a low maintenance, adding in colour and depth with structural planting like grasses and evergreens.
For larger gardens use a lawn treatment on grass and keep the edges tidy, also cut back and clear out plants in the borders. Think about adding some new plants creating hot beds and cool beds by planting by colour.
Having an outside light beside the door or placing lights up the pathway not only looks good but also adds additional security to the property if the lights are on a sensor.
There is a wide range of designs to choose from floodlights, bollard lights, LED lights, solar lights, brick lights, bulkhead, recesses lights, spike lights, wall lights and post lights. So as you can see you won’t be limited for choice, just think about what style of light will best suits the style of your home would Georgian lanterns or stainless steel contemporary designs best suit your property?
Part of the garden lighting design process is about fitting suitable garden lighting with the best lighting effects. Achieving a beautifully lit garden without seeing the light fittings is skill in itself, so you may wish to get a professional to fit the lights for you.
Paint The Front Door & Change The Furniture
A lick of paint on the front door will make a huge difference to the entrance of your home. They do say that the colour of your front door reflects your personality so for example Black – “Strong, Hardworking and Powerful” Green “Positive, Eco-Friendly, Calm” and Red – “Passionate, Warm and Impulsive”. Choose your colour carefully you could be giving out the wrong signals without even knowing it!
If the door furniture has seen better days again it is a good idea to replace these items with new ones. This adds immediate security and a sense of newness.
Add Hanging Baskets Or Window Boxes
Many people feel hanging baskets or window boxes are just for the spring and summer, but that’s not the case they look great in the winter with a splash of colour using pansies, ivy and ornamental cabbages for example.
Depending on your property this will dictate what style will match your home, there is a choice of iron, wicker, wooden options on the market. Check out what your local retailer has in stock and use coordinating colours when planting.
If you want to make a good impression on your visitors then you really do need to hide your dustbin and recycling bins if they are kept in your front garden. Nothing worse than being created by a dustbin!
Add A Structural Feature
There are a few ways of doing this by using garden ornaments and I don’t mean garden gnomes! Visit your local garden centre to get some inspiration try and create a theme in your garden rather than have lots of different styles that don’t work well together. Another idea is to add a building structure like a porch or door canopy.
Depending on your DIY skills a porch or door canopy can be installed quite easily and will certainly add style and value to your home. Alternatively you can hire a builder to take on this task.
Buy A Unique Door Mat
Finally to add a bit of your personality to your door step there are plenty of weather proof out door mats on the market with funny, welcoming and stylish designs.