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Curb Appeal 102 Stories

After the front porch has been swept, the paint has dried and the flowers have been deadheaded, you may step back to admire your work and feel your home's curb appeal is still lacking. Sometimes it's hard to know exactly what is off about your home. Go across the street and check it out from a distance, then snap a photo....
5 Bright Palettes for Front Doors
Nothing welcomes guests to your home better than a bold, beautiful color on the front door. Many people have no trouble picking out a fun color to paint the door, but don't know what to do with the rest of the exterior. And what about the trim? The...
How to Choose the Right Exterior Color
Since the exterior is the biggest and most visible part of your home, choosing its color is a decision you want to be sure about. Unlike with a living room wall or front door, it's not easy to change it if you decide you don't like it. But it's...
17 Ways to Increase Your Home's Curb Appeal
Even if you are not planning to sell your home anytime soon, a fresh and welcoming exterior is a wonderful thing to come home to each day. From front doors, house numbers and porch furnishings to color schemes, landscaping and basic repairs, this smorgasbord...
4 Gorgeous Garden Looks for a Narrow Planting Strip
Even the savviest home gardener can struggle to see the potential in a narrow planting strip, and when that pocket garden is on the outside of the fence, is it even worth bothering about? The challenges are many: difficult to water, reflected heat...
9 Top Siding Materials
The siding of a house is like the clothing we wear. Our choice of clothes depends as much on location (a T-shirt and shorts wouldn't be comfortable in a Midwest winter) as well as the fashion statement we want to make. And of course there's the budget...
Is Your Garden Minding the Viewing Speed Limit?
Imagine you're the landscape architect for the highway department. You're stuck for ideas for a new stretch of the interstate, so you click your browser shortcut, head over to Houzz and land on a cute-as-a-bug's-ear window...
Designer's Touch: Boost Your Home's Curb Appeal
Life is all about first impressions, and this is as true of homes as it is of people. Your home's positive physical appearance from the street is called curb appeal. What does your house say to those passing by? Try these professional designer tips to...
How to Choose a Front Door Color
Don't let your home blend into the background — even if you're not in the market for changing your exterior color scheme, a new coat of paint on your front door could be just the makeover your home needs. Use our color guides to each color...
Front and Center Color: When to Paint Your Door Black
Black can make a front door elegant and dramatic. It works well with any and every other color, making it extremely versatile. It can also toss a challenge your way. If you don't have enough contrasting colors as a backdrop, black can hide the entry or...
Front and Center Color: When to Paint Your Door Blue
There's a reason blue is often cited as a favorite color. It reminds us of the sky and the sea — or perhaps of our school colors or a favorite sports team. It can also be a terrific color on your front door. Blue front doors are a bit unusual in that...
7 Ways to Make the Front Entry Matter Again
The front entry of a home used to be the first impression people see when they come and visit. However, as today's garages get bigger with 3 to 4 car bays, the garage door is slowly dominating the front of a house, and it is getting harder for visitors...
7 Details for the Well-Dressed House
A face is like the outside of a house, and most faces, like most houses, give us an idea of what we can expect to find inside. — Loretta Young From flower boxes to shutters, lights to cupolas, red window frames and doors and so much more,...
How to Make Your Brick House Feel at Home in the Landscape
Brick is one of the most popular choices for home exteriors in the U.S. For many, the Georgian home, with its brick exterior, grand scale and formal lines, personifies the American dream. Typically, a Georgian home has foundation plantings of boxwood....
9 Daring Colors for Your Front Door
I’m a firm believer that you can paint your front door just about any color you like and make it work. It’s all a matter of coordinating the door color with your home’s architecture and the other colors and materials on the house. When I work with...
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