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Curb Appeal Counts

by Kerrie Kelly

POSTED IN: Design Trends

Homes should be fun and livable while supporting your everyday lifestyle and the front of house is one of the best places to start. There are a couple of things to consider when thinking about the front exterior of your home. Here are a few simple steps that will ensure a successful front yard refresh.

Think About Access

Do you have steps leading to your front door? If so, consider overlaying them with natural stone tread slabs. Your home will benefit by confirming the appropriate tread depth for comfort while welcoming guests with a sustainable natural stone material, making a great first impression.

Pictured: Echo Ridge | Cobblefield

Revamp Using Color

Choose paint, stonework or brick work to celebrate and enhance exterior architectural details of your home. Depending on the exterior style, texture or color that is complementary to the home’s period will only increase its appeal and value.

Pictured: Echo Ridge | Country Ledgestone

Refresh Your Front Door

Your front door is one of the first things you and your guests will touch upon entering your home. Strongly consider the hardware, house numbers, door knocker, kick plate and paint finish you use for your front door. Oversized handles and a glossy finish can really create impact upon arrival.

Pictured: Vellum | Pro-Fit Modera Ledgestone

Perk Up with Plants

Adding plants to the front of your property is such a good opportunity to make your home look welcoming while providing a little privacy as well. Plants also cool warm air in the summer and provide natural shade as you enjoy your front porch. Potted flowers also provide a color opportunity to greet guests.

Pictured: Ethos – Pro-Fit Terrain Ledgestone

Add in Layers

If you have a front porch area, treat it with furniture, throw pillows and an area rug just as you would your interior. One small seating area can give cue to what guests will expect to see on the end in the inside of your home.

Which tips will you incorporate to elevate your curb appeal this season?

photo of Kerrie Kelly

About Kerrie Kelly

Kerrie Kelly, Design Partner for Cultured Stone, knows that Everyone Deserves Great Design™. With that vision, Kerrie founded her California-based Kerrie Kelly Design Lab (KKDL) in 1995 to make great design more accessible. As CEO + Creative Director of KKDL, she leads a team of exceptional designers and has built long-term relationships with her brand partners. Kerrie is a Fellow, Design Luminary Award recipient and Past-Chair to the National Board for American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and a Global Connect Advisor for the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA). Her insights on the latest design trends and new products have been featured in The Washington Post, Real Simple, Houzz, and other national and regional publications.