Creating a welcoming atmosphere in your home {Part 5 – kerb appeal}

Welcome to the final part of ‘Creating a welcoming atmosphere in your home.’ Technically this time it’s all about the outside of your home and today I’ll be sharing with you some simple ideas to maximise kerb appeal and create an eye-catching exterior on any budget.

When I’m out and about, going to work or the shops, on each route there are a few houses which I always admire as I drive past. The sort of houses which are totally Pinterest worthy and probably have equally beautiful interiors to match. This got me thinking. Why do I stop to admire these same houses? What do they have in common? and how can I recreate their gorgeousness? and I think I’ve put my finger on it. They all share these key yet simple design elements….


Creating symmetry

Our brains are drawn to balanced images. We tend to find them calming and more aesthetically pleasing than their off-kilter counterparts; that’s why symmetry is so visually pleasing in architecture. In particular, double fronted Georgian properties with their centred front doors and equally flanked windows always have the knack of making us swoon!

Geogian house
Via Yomargery

If you don’t live in a property which has architectural symmetry, you can create some symmetry of your own with accessories. Installing lights either side of your front door will instantly create balance (whilst also promoting safety and security) Complete the look with a couple of potted plants or trees and the overall effect can be stunning!

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Fisherman style lighting and potted bay trees create a beautifully symmetrical doorway. Via Pinterest

Fisherman style lighting has got to be my favourite as it compliments both traditional and contemporary properties effortlessly. Take a look at Grace and Glory Home for a fantastic range of outdoor lighting options.


Jazz up your door knocker

Most door knockers are functional and forgettable yet they are an opportunity to bring a smile to visitor’s faces and add instant character and charm to your home’s exterior. Black Country Metalworks have a vast range of knockers to add personality and interest to your front door.

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Wellington boot knocker £15.99 Via Black Country Ironworks
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Solid brass country bee door knocker £34.00 Via The Door Knocker Company
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Sly Fox door knocker £24.00 Via Anthropologie

Invest in a smart door mat

Doormats shouldn’t be dull! A pretty doormat can add colour….

Wild Meadow doormat
Via Laura Ashley

A sense of fun…

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Via Not on the High Street

They will also make visitors feel welcome and bring a smile to your face!

Birds on a Wire doormat
Via John Lewis

Updating your front door

Sometimes only a small, inexpensive update can be all it takes to make you fall back in love with your home and painting your front door is a great example. Freshening up your home’s exterior paintwork can instantly make your entryway smart and attractive. There are a whole host of gorgeous colour choices out there from bold and vibrant to muted and sophisticated. Take a look at the wide range of paint colours in exterior eggshell at Farrow and Ball. 

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(Top left to bottom right) Arsenic, Nancy’s Blushes, St Giles Blue, Vardo, Yellowcake, Charlotte’s Locks, Pitch Blue, Brassica and Yeabridge Green. Via Farrow and Ball

My top 5 home buys to boost kerb appeal

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1. Emily Bond Dachshund Doormat £20 John Lewis 

2. Polished brass dragonfly door knocker £23.19 Black Country Metal works 

3. Belvedere outside wall light in charcoal £125 Grace and Glory Home 

4. Dulux weathershield exterior wood & metal paint in Glade Green £19.73 for 750ml B&Q

5. Wine crate planter £19.99 Homebase

Have you been inspired by any of these ideas? Planning on adding some kerb appeal to your home this weekend? I’d love to hear your thoughts so why not leave a comment below!

If you’ve missed the previous posts on ‘Creating a welcoming atmosphere in your home’ catch up here:

{Part 1- Candles}

{Part 2- Ideas to spruce up your hallway}

{Part 3- Flowers and greenery}

{Part 4- Coffee station}

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