Simple Ways to Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal

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Early spring is the best time to get to those home projects done that have been pushed out too long. The weather is beginning to warm up, and everyone is thinking about the to-do projects they’d like to get on their calendar. Get your house looking great in time for the summer months so you can enjoy the warmer months ahead. Here are some simple DIY projects to get you thinking.

Shutters

Shutters are a great accent for a home. Whether you install them or paint the ones you have, don’t overlook this simple way to add real personality to your home. Shutters are quick to install, and you can personalize them to your style. There are also a variety of options. You can go with a rustic, Mediterranean, Victorian, or ranch as just some of the many choices. You can select a bold color for a unique twist, or stick with a classic. Ace Hardware has the primers and paints you need. If you are repainting, here’s a great video to help you do a great job.

Create an Outdoor Social Area

Spring means the start of spending more time outside. Create a space where you can enjoy the great outdoors. Install a porch swing or some outdoor seating areas that offer shade from the summer sun. Add some additional touches like a porch rug, comfortable patio furniture and plants that reflect your personal style. This will help you and your family enjoy these spring afternoons even more. Before you start, here’s a great video to inspire you to get going.

Add Potted Flowers or a Garden

It isn’t really spring without some fresh flowers. There are a variety of ways you can place them to add a natural pop of color to your home. Plant some along the front of your house. Or you can add potted plants, utilizing decorative pots. Maybe you want to start a garden, with a mix of perennials (flowers that come back every year) and the immediate gratification of annuals, those plants you buy that are in full bloom and stay that way all summer. First time gardener? Here’s a great video to get you started.

Explore New Colors for Your Home

One simple way to change the style of your home is to paint. It’s an affordable way to make a big impact. Whether it’s the whole house or just the accent colors on the trim, it can make your home stand out on the block. A lot of homeowners look at painting as a chore and have a difficult time choosing the right color, so they avoid it altogether. Here are two tips to get you started. The first is a fun on-line “visualizer” called The Paint Studio, where you can let your imagination loose and have fun exploring your space. You can literally choose different color combinations and see how they look when they are complete. Now that you have your colors selected, here’s a great video that will help you truly experience your color finalists on the wall in your home, so you can select your new paint with confidence.

 

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