Now that spring is here, it is time for us to poke our heads out the front door and begin to look at the outside of our house again. It is the perfect time to start thinking about first impressions and how we would spiff up our front door and the surrounding porch area to give us a little more curb appeal. As the weather cooperates, we can spring into action!
Adding Curb Appeal
Do you still have your crunchy winter Christmas wreath on the front door? Oh dear, my dear dear friend, it is time to toss that former beauty out. Don’t just keep walking by it thinking you’ll deal with it later. It is time. Now. Go ahead, I’ll wait. It would be better to have a nekked front door than that pitiful dead holiday wreath, just sayin’ — save yourself some embarrassment and take it down. Now. Please.
Once the weather warms up enough, you might want to paint the front door, the surrounding frame & threshold and even the porch itself. Now would be a fun time to start looking for porch and front door paint color inspiration! I love this green trim with the wood door! I might have to steal this idea. I was going to paint my front door, but now I’m thinking about the trim instead. Sometimes thinking a little bit more creatively or outside the box makes things more interesting. Hmmm.
Take a look at your house numbers, hardware, mailbox — could they use a fresh coat of paint? I know my numbers are not visible enough and no one can ever find our house number. Good time to fix that problem! And it is always fun to start out the season with a new clean mat.
One of the biggest design mistakes I see with porch lights is that they are too small, lacking in personality or have become outdated! If the size and style still work, you could cover or remove the glass and spray paint them with some outdoor paint. But if they are not making the statement you want, take a look at a hardware store. I find a lot of great looking fixtures at affordable prices at places like Lowe’s or Home Depot. You’ll be amazed what a difference a new light fixture can make!
Once the basics are addressed, you can have fun with seasonal decor. Put something unexpected, creative, fresh and alive on your front porch. Maybe think of something more unusual than a wreath — think about how to make a unique statement. Even using a fun ribbon and a pop of yellow on a simple green wreath can be a fun way to make it more spring-like!
Add greenery to bring your entry to life!
Fill some pots and urns with spring plants or evergreens! Fresh and healthy plants are therapeutic to come home to after a long day of work or running errands. If you don’t have a green thumb, I know how you feel. But give a few container pots a try this year even if you think you’ll kill everything in it. I know I find that I really enjoy digging in the dirt and planting pretty garden areas, once I get going! Even if everything dies, at least I had fun and it looked pretty for a short time. Containers are the best because they give such an instant face lift and aren’t as overwhelming as an entire flower bed!
Add some “outdoor room” furniture to make your entry way special and inviting.
Try a simple bench near your entry, or if you have a covered porch, you can use real indoor furniture like a table, an old charming desk, or a shelving unit where you could put plants and accessories. Yes, you can use real furniture. I’m telling you, there are no furniture police. No one is going to write you up for abusing furniture, so live dangerously!
And if you are lucky enough to have a front gate I am totally jealous, I mean, happy for you. Make it even more special with a big star or a unique accessory that really invites you in and welcomes you home!
A simple outdoor makeover can be fairly easy and inexpensive. Make it fun and you’ll be glad you did all season long.
Spring is FINALLY here and I am ready to get outside and do some spring clean up! Are you?
All photos from my infamous Drive Bys. I’m totally due for another one.