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Top 20 Tips for Creating “Top Down” Curb Appeal

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Improvements, Updates And Pops Of Color Are Part Of The Plan

By Kate Smith, CMG

August is the perfect month to enjoy your outdoor living spaces. It is also National Curb Appeal month, which makes it a great time to be thinking about your fall home improvement projects.

To help your home make a great first impression, I put together my Top 20 Tips For Creating “Top Down” Curb Appeal designed to make sure your home grabs the right kind of attention.

  1. The roof plays a major role in creating curb appeal because it can be up to 30 percent of what you see as you approach a home. Blend the color of your roofing material with other elements of the home exterior to create an overall cohesive look.
  2. Window frames can either blend in or standout; it all depends on the color you choose. Selecting a green, chocolate or bronze painted frame can add a powerful punch to your home’s curb appeal.
  3. Add color to trim and decorative millwork to call attention to architectural details and enhance your home’s design appeal.
  4. Update the color of your shutters for big curb appeal results. Rather than black, try inky blue, chocolate brown or deep forest green. Consider soft gray or taupe to replace white.
  5. From classic and conservative to punchy and playful, the color of your front door tells the world something about the people who live inside. Think about what the color of your front door says about you.
  6. Your front door offers the most flexibility in color choices and is a great place to add a pop of color to a home’s overall neutral color scheme. Think out-of-the-box and consider a pumpkin orange, nautical blue or harvest gold color.
  7. Draw attention to the home’s front entry or porch by adding bold hues. A colorfully painted ceiling or new outdoor furniture can give a fresh updated look to the area. Wall mounted light fixtures near the front door in the porch area should be clean and in good condition or replaced. Beautiful lantern-style fixtures are available in many colors and are surprisingly affordable. Its a powerful way to accessorize the front entry and make a lasting first impression.
  8. Replace rotting or peeling wood porch rails, columns or porch posts with low-maintenance polyurethane or PVC pieces for a clean, attractive look.
  9. Garage doors are a prominent feature of many homes, taking up to 30 percent of the front view of the house. Replacing old garage doors with fashionable new ones can instantly increase your home’s curb appeal.
  10. The colors of your home’s exterior and landscaping should complement each other. Choose colors for your plants with the same eye for design you use when selecting interior accessories.
    1. Broken, loose, discolored or damaged shingles give a negative impression about your home’s overall condition. Repair your roof or replace with a colorful polymer slate or shake roof with a 50-year warranty.
    2. Windows with energy-efficient glass packages and low-maintenance vinyl frames keep a home comfortable and help save on energy bills.
    3. Replacing a standard window with a bay or bow window can add character to a home’s exterior and make the interior feel larger.
    4. Cover any wear and tear with a fresh coat of paint. Power wash the entire exterior and repair any areas that are outdated, rotted or rusted before applying paint. Investing sweat equity can dramatically increase your curb appeal.
    5. You don’t need to go wild with color to get noticed. A home with neutral siding can make a statement with color on the front door, shutters or trim.
    6. An easy-care stained or painted fiberglass door creates a focal point for the front of your home. Surround the door with decorative trim — such as pilasters and a crosshead — to make a powerful statement.
    7. Add window boxes, accent pots or hanging baskets filled with colorful flowers and plants to draw the eye.
    8. Downplay garage doors by painting to match the main color of the home and adding complementary trim elements, like a trellis over the opening.
    9. Surround your home with colorful shrubbery and plants with landscape lighting. Invest in hiring a professional to help plan your landscaping for the maximum impact.
    10. Bushes and plants surrounding the base of your home add color, soften the transition between the lawn and house and hide the foundation. Fill in any bare spots and tame any overgrown areas.

    These 20 tips will get you started. Your next step is to go outside and use this information to focus on ways you can add more value and design appeal to your home’s exterior.


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