Do you feel a rush of joy when you drive up to your home? If not, it’s time to give your front door a decorating makeover. Learn how to make the front of your house look good with this easy tips for boosting your home’s curb appeal on a budget.
If you want to make your front of house look good, there are a few things that you can do. One is to get new landscaping installed. This will add a new sense of beauty and privacy to your home.
Another thing that you can do is to get new exterior doors and windows installed. This will give your home a fresh look and improved functionality. Finally, you can update the front door with a new design or color.
But what if you are on a budget? In this post we will look at some small things you can do that will really improve the look of the front of your home.
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How To Make The Front Of Your House Look Good
The front of your house is one of the first places people will see when they walk up your driveway.
Make sure it looks its best with these easy tips:
One of the easiest ways to add new life to just about any object is to paint it.
There are so many different sprays and brush on paints available on the market to make this a super easy and affordable option.
Choose a color that coordinates with your home or go quite bold (click here for the best porch paint colors)
Plus, one of the best things about painting your front door is that if you do not like the design you can always paint it again!
(TIP: Bright colors such as bright red or deep purples add a fun touch.)
Add Vinyl Details
Vinyl lettering is all the rage and you can find tons of options for your front door project.
Many custom options are available, including your family name and/or home address numbering.
A lot of these websites and companies will even allow you to choose fonts, sizes, etc. Usually, the vinyl is adhesive-backed meaning all you have to do is peel off paper and stick it directly onto your front door.
Etsy is a great place to look for budget-friendly vinyl lettering.
(TIP: Interesting or thought-provoking quotes are also a great way to set your front door apart from others.)
Add Decorative House Numbering
Decorative style house numbering is another excellent way to spruce up your front door.
Many retailers offer custom designs in a variety of styles ranging from metals to woods. Or, you can create your decorative house numbering.
Decoupage or paint wooden numbers, which are available at your local hardware store for pennies each. Hang the numbers on the front door.
(TIP: Fun scrapbook paper prints, such as zebra or leopard print, can be adhered to the wood with a decoupage medium.)
Wreaths and Bows
Wreaths and bows make a classic addition to any front door.
Choose a different wreath to hang for each season or month.
Or, consider taking a few rolls of florist’s wire ribbon to create large bows to hang on the door.
Get Some Inspiration here:
(TIP: If you are unsure about how to create a large bow, do an online search for tutorials. There are dozens of videos online to show you where to begin.)
Monograms are quite trendy. And you can buy some great options such as the one pictured which is from Etsy.
Adding your family’s monogram to your front door is a simple and inexpensive project.
Look for fancy lettering wall stencils in at least a six-inch size at your local home improvement store. Apply a bit of spray paint over the stencil onto the door. Very quick and easy!
Front Door Fragrant Arch
You can do this with two identical pots with jasmine plants in each. Place them on either side of your front door, then slip the ends of a garden arch into each.
The arch can be as high as the door so that you can train the jasmine to grow up the arch by tying it with green cable ties.
Front Door Topiary
For a more symmetrical front door decorating idea, place a set of topiary trees on either side of your front door, placing them in ornate Romance-style urns.
The height of the topiaries plants (without the urns) should match the width of your door. Any higher, and your front door decorations will dwarf your front door.
Door Knocker Traditions
Door knockers were once considered guardians against evil spirits.
Today door knockers will add beauty to your front door decorating while saying something unique about you.
A classic door knocker is a lion head. These are popular in Georgian style homes in England. Other options include a flower as a symbol of natural beauty, or an elegant hand as a symbol of grace.
Add pretty music to your front door by hanging a wind chime on an iron plant hanger that extends one foot away from the wall.
Hang the wind chime beside your front door at eye level, so your visitors can tinkle the wind chime as they wait for you to open your decorated front door.
Make your front door decorating even more chic by adding seasonal flowers around the front door.
You can use DIY planters that you make yourself, or build flower beds into your landscaping.
Door Mats with a Personality
Send your visitors a message even before they knock on the door. Decorate your front door with a map doormat that shows where on earth your house is located.
Choose a theme that relates to pets, your love of wine, a certain sport, or special places like the Eiffel Tower or Tuscany.
You can even decorate your front door with an intricate wrought-iron mat that scrapes mud off shoes.
Click here for some fun summer doormat ideas.
This might not be the first thing you think of when considering how to make the front of your house look good, but an up-to-date door bell can change the look of your home.
Video door bells like the Ring are modern and can be customized to match your front door or siding.
You can also choose modern doorbells with surrealist motifs, or classical fleur-de-lis doorbells. You can even choose doorbells with metal bell cords, which are fun to pull on.
Whether you like sitting on the porch or just want to sit outside to put your boots on, having a rocking chair beside your front door will enhance your decorations and add functionality to your entryway. Paint your rocking chair to match your front door and the two will look like a set.
Why are umbrella stands always left indoors when they could do so much good outside?
Get a plastic tube at a container store and spray paint it (with outdoor paint) to match your front door and rocking chair.
Then leave the umbrella stand by the front door as a convenient umbrella stand. If you have no porch ceiling, buy a container with a lid and keep it closed when not in use.
Make The Front Of Your House Look Good – Final Thoughts
If your home’s exterior is anything less than beautiful, you may be feeling a little down about your place. But don’t worry, with a few simple tricks and a bit of time, you can spruce up your front yard to make it look good enough to show off to the world.
Plants on either side will create a lush symmetry. Painting ideas for your front door will give it a personality. A unique door knocker and bell, as well as a personalized doormat, will turn your door decorations into a reflection of who you are. All these decorating ideas and more are waiting to give your front door a new look.
Your front door is most obviously one of the first things guests notice. Sprucing up your front door is one of the easiest first steps in enhancing the look of your front yard.