Just because the snow is falling and the days are dark and gray, that doesn’t mean you can’t dress up your home a bit. It doesn’t matter if you’re selling your home or you just want your home to look great for the holidays, here are 13 ways to spruce up the outside of your home this winter.
Add a Small Tree
This holiday season, buy an extra small Christmas tree (or two!) to place near the front door. You can wrap the bottom of the tree with some burlap or place it in a basket. If you have and electrical outlet nearby, add a string of lights.
Create a Warm Glow
Exterior lighting not only makes your home safer, it also makes your home look cozy and inviting. Take a walk around the outside of your home to make sure all lights are working properly and check for any bulbs that need to be replaced. Also, check to make sure bulbs are clear of ice and snow.
Clear the Snow
Nothing makes a home look unkempt in the winter faster than snow that hasn’t been cleared. Take the time to shovel the front walkway and shovel or use the snowblower on the driveway to keep paths clear and safe.
Add Some Plants
Look for some cold-weather plants to add to your front entryway. Think evergreens or plants with colorful berries to add some interest to an otherwise drab space.
Make sure all toys, shovels and lawn equipment are put away after use. Leaving items like this laying around is a quick way to give your yard a sloppy look.
Try a Lantern
Hang a lantern on a post near your entryway or set one or two on the steps for a charming, welcoming look. Lanterns can be either hard-wired or battery-operated.
Add Some Color and Shine
Winter can be dark and gloomy so add some shine to up your curb appeal. Pick out some shiny, colorful garden ornaments to add around the front of your home.
Use String Lights
String lights aren’t just for the holidays. Try using them in a clear glass bowl or lantern on your porch for a soft glow or suspend them from a tree for an enchanting look.
Hang a Wreath
Wreaths don’t have to be super-fancy or really large. Think beyond evergreen and choose a wreath with understated elegance.
Attract the Birds
Add a colorful bird feeder in your front yard. A well-placed feeder adds color and life to an otherwise gray landscape.
Break from the expected and go for a bold color on your front door. The pop of color may be just what your home needs during the depths of winter.
Update Your Mailbox
If your mailbox is boring black, brown or white, give it a winter makeover. Try some brightly colored paint to help boost your curb appeal. Just bring it inside to warm up since paint has a hard time adhering to cold surfaces.
Replace House Numbers
Up your home’s curb appeal with some striking new house numbers. Go for a design that makes a statement. Or, find a style that speaks to your home’s character. Just make sure they can easily be spotted from the street.
Source: Family Handyman