A sharply painted and well-maintained boundary fence adds everything to the kerb appeal of your home. Remember that it has two sides. You may have it looking fantastic from the inside, but what about the street side?
Most front walls and fences need to be functional first, finding a balance between effective security or animal control, while still looking good. Pick a paint colour which will complement your home exterior from the street view. A classic approach is to use the same colour as your window trims, or you might choose a darker tonal colour to your cladding.
And, of course, the key thing once you have your fence or wall spruced up, is to keep it maintained, free of loose boards, mould, moss and peeling paint.
Paths and landscaping
If you feel out of your depth when it comes to garden or landscape design, there’s some good news. The latest garden trend is to embrace the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi, or finding beauty in imperfection and transience. In other words, let it go.
Simplify your design and accept the natural cycle of growth and decay, and believe it or not your garden can still look elegant and inviting. Choose plants that are well suited for the growing conditions in your garden and let them do their thing.
Think about how people get from the street to your front door. Make sure there is at least one clear pathway and think about how it may be improved with the addition of colour or lighting. You can tie paving stones back to the colours you’ve chosen for your porch or house, or use them as the key colour focal point that blends or contrasts with your plants.
Pots and planters
Adding pots and planters to your porch or front door is one of the quickest ways to add interest and street-appeal. Use them to add different heights and levels to the planting. Paint them in bright bold Resene colours that pick up the contrasts in your house colour scheme and the plants themselves.
If you can, move them around as the mood takes you, so your entrance never looks the same for too long.
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