Photo courtesy of Serena and Lily
When you think of how to upgrade your home, what probably comes to mind is a kitchen renovation, a fresh swipe of paint, a cozy new couch. But sometimes, it’s much simpler—and smaller—than that. Sometimes, all you need is new décor to really change a space, both inside and out!
And one way to do so is by improving your curb appeal, or what realtors and industry folk refer to as how attractive a home and its surroundings look when viewed from the street. Curb appeal is essential when you’re trying to sell your home, of course, but it’s also nice to have a pretty front porch, patio, driveway and/or front lawn that neighbors can’t help but ogle over as they walk by.
NJ HOME editors culled 14 products that can help you up your curb appeal game, all of which can be purchased online or at local retailers. Keep scrolling for our picks:
Do Up Your Door
Remind passersby that spring has sprung with the Nantucket basket door knocker, which comes in bronze, brass or nickel to match your décor. Available at Pottery Barn, multiple locations.
For a more traditional look, try the Demeter door knocker, a bronze accessory featuring a subtle floral motif. Available at Anthropologie, multiple locations.
Wreaths aren’t just for the holiday season. A spring wreath, like this berry wreath or a tulip wreath wrapped in ribbon, adds a welcoming vibe to your space. The berry wreath can be personalized with your family’s initials. Both available at etsy.com.
Light The Way
A pretty outdoor lamp is a simple addition that makes a big statement. The Brimfield iron lamp post will illuminate your exterior walkways and driveways. Bonus: Get a set of two for an even bigger impact. Available at The Home Depot, multiple locations.
Or, consider hanging a light on an exterior wall, like next to the front door or beside a window, such as the Westinghouse Glenwillow single light LED outdoor wall sconce. Available at build.com.
There are plenty of floor lights that can work outside too, such as the Westcharm rustic LED pillar garden statue with planter, dish bowl and automatic timer. At night and when lit, the punched leaves pattern reflects on the ground. Available at amazon.com.
Personalize Your Mailbox
Still using the same mailbox your home’s previous owners had? Make it your own with the Signature Plus mail post, mail box, flower box and newspaper holder, which is as pretty as it is multi-functional. You can also add a signature plaque with your last name or your address. Available at grandinroad.com.
If your home’s aesthetic is more modern than traditional, consider the Modern Aspect customizable curb appeal address planter, which features your house number and faux greens that don’t require all that upkeep. Available at West Elm, multiple locations.
Add Interest With Planters
Show off your green thumb—if you have one—with an eye-catching outdoor planter, like the Zara painted pot planter in a black-and-white or taupe-and-white check pattern. It’s durable, crack-resistant and can work on its own or when paired with other planters. Available a grandinroad.com.
Prefer a more low-maintenance planter? A bright idea is to fill your planter of choice with outdoor illuminated spheres rather than live plants, and accessorize with the Glowing urn filler base ring. 400 luster LED lights stay lit, and it’s safe to use outdoors. Available at grandinroad.com.
Roll Out The Welcome Mat
Just like everything else in and around your home, your welcome mat should fit your personality. This floral greeting doormat is perfect for spring, and says “hello!” to your visitors before they even ring the doorbell. Available at Anthropologie, multiple locations.
The Sailors Knot doormat is hand-woven and nautical-inspired, the perfect seasonally appropriate find for the front door. Available at serenaandlily.com.
Another alternative it to keep it to the point with the awning stripe welcome mat from Mackenzie-Childs. A simple stripe pattern and the “welcome” message will match whatever vibe you’re going for. Available at Neiman Marcus, Short Hills and Paramus.