5 Tips to make your home more inviting

When was the last time you truly looked at the front of your home the way a guest would? Does your home stand out among the other homes on your street? With just a few tweaks, your home will be the most welcoming house on the block.

Welcome mat in front of house

Sassy house numbers What’s your number?

The first step in getting guests to admire your home is to make sure they can actually find it. Why not update your street address numbers and make it easier for your guests to find your home? We love these sassy house numbers from Restoration Hardware ($10 each) and this unique style of rubbed bronze numbers from Hardware Hut ($15 each). Both will help get your address noticed.

Open-door policy

The most noticeable part of your home when someone approaches from the street is the front door. Does yours look welcoming or has it seen better days? A fresh coat of paint in a contrasting pop of color — think brilliant blue, brick red or even black — is an easy update for your front door. If you have a bit more time and money to spend, consider buying a new door with windows or added architectural details. Replacing the old hardware also adds that extra bit of curb appeal.

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Umbria planters Keep it contained

Plants add color and interest to any front yard, but caring for them can be time-consuming. Container gardening is a great way to change up the plants and flowers in your front yard without a lot of ongoing maintenance. Look for ceramic pots of all sizes and shapes for an interesting arrangement, like these Umbria planters from Pottery Barn ($89-$179 each). Use containers to line your walkway and frame the entrance to your home, and you immediately make your home more welcoming.

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Leah wall-mount medallion pillar sconceGot art?

Why limit cool pieces of art to your living room when you can bring the art outdoors? Yard art has risen to a new level with everything from sculptures to decorative wall hangings. Look for interesting pieces that tie in with the surroundings but stand out as a focal point. We loved this Leah wall-mount medallion pillar sconce from Pottery Barn ($149). Sculptures for the outdoors run from whimsical gnomes to elegant creatures like this metal crane from Amazon ($80).

You’ve got mail

Gone are the days when your mailbox was simply a place for the delivery person to deposit your bills. With a few supplies and a bit of creativity, your mailbox can become a part of your front-yard landscaping. Consider building a wooden enclosure for your mailbox that can be painted to complement your house. A graceful trellis with climbing roses makes a nice frame for your mailbox.

Note: With a little bit of creativity, you can update your home’s curb appeal and make it twice as inviting. Make sure you have plenty of snacks on hand for all those spur-of-the-moment visitors.

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