How to Dress Up a Boring House Exterior


The outside of your home speaks volumes about you and your personal style. If the exterior of your home seems boring, drab and in need of a boost, there are numerous improvements you can make that will add flair and drama to your space. A few inexpensive improvements will enhance the exterior of your home and create a welcoming oasis, whether you’re looking to make improvements for resale purposes or simply because you’d like a change.

Things You'll Need

  • Lawn bags
  • Rakes
  • Power washer
  • Paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Planters
  • Flowers
  • Plants
  • Solar lights
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Clean up the entire area around your home to ensure it’s free of debris, brush, weeds, leaves, trash and anything else that may detract from the welcoming appearance you want to achieve.

  • Wash the exterior of your home to remove moss and dirt that often accumulates over time. A power washer is a good choice for most exteriors, including brick, stone and siding. Make sure to read the manufacturer's instructions before beginning.

  • Paint your front door or trim it with a fresh coat of paint before inviting guests and welcoming them into your home. Display a seasonal wreath or other adornment on your front door for added personality. Choose a style of adornment indicative of your overall decor, thereby giving guests a glimpse of what they’ll find inside your home.

  • Add colorful planters with fresh flowers and plants in strategic spots throughout your outdoor space. Ensure you have various sizes and styles of planters in both the front and back area of your home for visual interest. Planters have the added benefit of being mobile, so you can change your look as often as you'd like.

  • Install solar lights around your home, walkways, patios or decks to add ambiance in the evening. Whether you install a full collection of lights or just a few, they will cast a soft glow onto your property after the sun goes down.

  • Increase your home’s curb appeal by creating outdoor gathering spaces that serve a variety of functions. The front porch is the perfect place to add a few simple eye-catching chairs while the back patio or deck can serve as an entertainment mecca. Dress up the furniture with inexpensive throw pillows and cushions.

  • Add new house numbers for an immediate change to the look of your home. Ensure they're in a prominent location and large enough so passersby can read the numbers from the road.

Tips & Warnings

  • Before beginning your revitalization project, stand across the street from your home and make notes on what can be improved.
  • Ask friends for their suggestions; they might offer an idea you wouldn't think of.

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