Exterior design ideas are sometimes overlooked yet first impressions count. Your guests will have an impression of your interior from the way you present the exterior of your home.

If you’re like me, you’ve probably spent a great deal of time thinking about your interior design. Then you act on those ideas and spent months designing, painting, recarpeting, knocking out walls, etc. But while all this is going on, your exterior design ideas have dried up with winter being the usual time of neglect.

So maybe it’s time to set about creating a home that looks just as good on the outside as it does on the inside. Here are some simple exterior design ideas that will welcome guests to the beauty of your home.

Paint and Dress Your Front Door

The front door can usually be seen from the street, which means that lots of people will form an impression of your home based at least partly on the state of your front door. Luckily, giving your door a boost is as simple as giving it a new lick of paint, perhaps in a classic colour like red, black or white and replacing the handle and numbers with new, modern versions, in brass or wrought iron.

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Taubmans. Styled by Three Birds

A New Coat of Paint

Of course, the bulk of your home’s exterior is made up of walls, and if those walls are dirty or worn, they will bring the look of your whole home down. Again, refreshing your walls and making your home look more impressive is as simple as hiring house and roof painters to give the place a new coat of paint which will have it looking truly grand.

When it comes to exterior design ideas, neutral paint colours are best. However, if you think it fits with your neighbourhood, choosing a brighter colour can look every bit as spectacular.

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A Flourish of Flowers

You probably have plants and flowers, or pictures of plants, flowers and other beautiful things in your home, so why not decorate the outside of your property with them too? As well as ensuring that your garden is well-kept and filled with beautiful blooms, install a few window boxes to give your home a cute, quaint, vibrant new look that will really elevate it to new levels of prettiness.

A Divine Deck

If you have space, installing a front deck is a great way to make your home’s entrance look grander and more welcoming. Once the deck is down, decorate with flower pots, lanterns and perhaps a comfy, easy chair or two and your home will be the most inviting on the block.

Don’t Forget the Garage Door

If you have a garage, it’s important that you take the time to clean it up and make it more presentable. The front door might be the main entrance to your home, but the garage door takes up more space, so you need it to look good. Washing and painting it might be all you have to do to spruce it up, but if it’s rusty and beyond repair, buying a new one will really make a difference.

Garden Lighting

If you want the outside of your home to look great in the evenings, as well as the daytime, using lights and lanterns, which are focused on the best parts of your home, is a great way to do it.

Try some, or all, of these exterior design ideas and your home will have instant curb appeal, making you the envy of all your neighbours!