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How to Add Curb Appeal to Your House’s Exterior – Budget Friendly Ideas and Updates

Posted on January 29, 2018 by KylieMawdsley


Curb Appeal Ideas That are Easy and Affordable

Adding curb appeal is a great way to add value to your home whether it’s financial (for selling/home staging) or emotional (for staying-put). And it’s not about doing glorious landscaping with ponds large enough to skinny dip in (although the neighbours would be impressed), it’s about making small changes which on the whole, create the illusion of a well-maintained, cared for and modernized property.

Curb Appeal Idea #1 – Paint your Front Door

Naturally, the most obvious update idea…

Exterior front door, mid century style painted orange with dark brown black trim and painted brick in a cream beige tone. Kylie M Interiors E-design and ONline Colour consulting decorating expert

Painting your front door is a great way to add personality to your home without a huge monetary commitment (1 quart of paint will do it!) While the most common colour is red (in a variety of shades) you may find that a beautiful dark purple brings out the colours in your brick/stones or a stately black adds a strong focal point to your lacklustre front exposure (I wear black t-shirts all the time…).

Aged copper roof, painted white brick exterior, black shutters and benjamin moore gray front door. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consultant

Read more: The Best Teal and Blue Paint Colours for Your Front Door

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Curb Appeal Idea #2 – Update Your lighting

I’ve seen my fair share of moth infested, rusted white, nasty ole light fixtures and enough is enough – time to change it up, folks! Did you know that Home Depot has a 2 pack of exterior light fixtures for under $75? Black metal, clear glass, simple lines – perfect! budget friendly lighting update for exterior curb appeal. Home Staging tips Kylie M Interiors.

Hampton Bay 2 Pack

Or add a little modern farmhouse style with this gorgeous light…Affordable exterior farmhouse modern style light fixture wayfair, Bellair Bluffs

Belleair Bluffs Exterior Light 

Or this more simple look…

Affordable simple exterior wall mount light fixture, add curb appeal. Kylie M Interiors

Rettig Fixture

Or maybe you’d like this slightly more traditional, but still updated look…

Marshall Lantern, affordable outdoor light fixture, curb appeal for home staging, Kylie M Interiors

Marshall Wall Lantern

Curb Appeal Idea #3 – New Address Numbers

Nasty old brass numbers won’t be doing your house any favours in the style department. For someone who has never been to your house, the house numbers will be the first thing that they look at – make a good first impression!

E-decor and Online Decorating, design and color consultant Kylie M Interiors. Benjamin Moore And Sherwin Williams paint colours. Exterior paint

A cheapie but goodie will cost you about $6 per number. Something a bit more fancy shmancy will probably be between $12 – $15 – there really is no need to spend any more than that. If your old numbers were on a diagonal and your paint hasn’t faded, consider placing them vertically or horizontally which is a more modern application.

Curb Appeal Idea #4 – Refresh Bark Mulch or Gravel

Unless you live on a large property with an obscene amount of landscaping, it shouldn’t cost too much to freshen up your garden beds. At $6 a bag (for mulch) you can spend under $50 and get an AMAZING amount of work done. You’re not looking to add 3-5 inches to each bed – you’re just looking to freshen up the top surface without mixing it into the old stuff.

curb appeal for home staging. how to add value that is budget friendly, ideas. Kylie M Interiors landscaping

#5 – Trim Your Bush!

Spend a few hours on your shrubbery and you’ll see an immediate improvement in your curb appeal.

Budget friendly curb appeal, landscaping ideas for home staging. Kylie m Interiors Edesign

Exterior paint colour palette with charcoal gray roof and stone. Benjamin Moore Weimaraner, Dinner Party, Mascarpone, Wenge. Kylie M E-design

Trim back overgrown bushes, pull out any plants that aren’t thriving, pull those damned weeds and eliminate yard clutter like you would in your house. For major trees or shrubbery be sure to find out when the appropriate pruning season is.

Adding curb appeal doesn’t need to be expensive. So, if you did all of the above and made moderate, budget-friendly choices and invested a small amount of time you would be spending less than $200 – money well-spent. Hmmm, 15 bottles of wine or Curb Appeal? Decisions, decisions…

Chat soon,

Kylie M Interiors, decorating blog, e-design, online colour consulting expert. signature

If you enjoyed ‘Adding Curb Appeal’ and want to read about Home Staging for the Interior of your home, please click on one of these links!

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  1. Great blog Kylie, when you break down the dollars it shows how easy and inexpensive it really can be, even for those of us that just feel the house needs a refresher outside! Thanks as always!

    1. Thank you! I’m glad you read it and noticed that it’s all really affordable (good bang for buck) – thanks for commenting too, I appreciate the feedback 🙂

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