Crank Up Your Curb Appeal

Interior Decorator, Caitlin Creer shares five tips for making your home the prettiest on the block.

1. Clean it up:

Piles of leaves and stray weeds do not a pretty house make. The simplest and most inexpensive way to improve the look of your home is to keep things tidy. Start by grooming the yard and creating a fresh clean space that you can dress and decorate. Even simply washing the windows and exterior can spruce up the look of your home.

2. Deal with eyesores:

Whether it is peeling paint, dated landscaping, or a tree that is taking over the yard, it is important to address the glaring issues that will overshadow any other improvements you make. If there is anything broken, or obviously detracting from the appearance of your home, try to deal with these issues.

3. Put on a happy face:

Your home should feel inviting and warm, even from the curb. Think about the message the exterior of your home is sending. If the pathway is overgrown with weeds or the lights are burned out, a home will not feel like a friendly place.

You can infuse your home with personality and warmth by painting the door a bright color, incorporating a fun door mat, making sure your pathway is clear and accessible, planting flowers in the garden or in pots on the porch, and providing a place to sit (if there is room).

4. Address the extras:

Are the numbers on your home clear and visible? Is your doorstep well lit for nighttime visitors? Is your garden tended?

These details are like jewelry for your home and will elevate the overall look.

5. Commit to an overall look for your home:

Whether you live in a rambler, a cape cod, a colonial or a Tudor, the architecture of your home will influence the look of the exterior. A truly designed home has a cohesive feeling inside and out. Drive around local neighborhoods and look at features on the different homes.

Pay attention to the things you like and you may start to notice a pattern in the style you are drawn to. Study these homes and look at features that you could incorporate on your own property.

Even if your home doesn’t have much architectural interest, you can work to develop an overall style and personality for your home.

You can see more of Caitlin’s design ideas on her blog at .com or for design help, contact her at 801-598-9162 or

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