Perfect planting, front door decorations, lift-up lighting, and laid-back seating areas, can all make a home more striking and inviting.
How to create great kerb appeal
Before you even get to your front door there are lots of ways to make your home more appealing and, if you have a front garden, this is where you start. First things first, keep it clean and tidy (no-one wants to wade through a jungle), and avoid clutter just like you do in the home. Regularly remove any weeds, especially on your path, and consider giving it a pressure wash to remove dirt and stains. Fix or replace garden gates or give them a lick of paint, and do the same with walls and fences. Wheelie bins are unsightly so if you can’t hide them away, try to put them somewhere neat where they don’t attract attention and, if possible, invest in storage to house them.
Plan your planting
Front gardens play an important role, particularly in towns and cities, where they can breathe life into streets, provide wildlife habitats and reduce pollution. They can also make us feel good about where we live. If you have a lawned area, keep it short, well-fed and green as this can provide a focal point and, in the borders and containers around it, include several evergreen plants to ensure your garden looks good all year round.
When it comes to pots and planters, ceramics, coloured glass, textiles and natural materials like raffia and granite are key for 2022. These can make a splash even if you are working with a bijou garden space. Choose materials that can be natural, artisan and practical, and ideally in shades that complement those of the house itself.
For pops of colour use bedding plants or wildflowers in borders and raised beds; pastel shades of pale blue, mint and soft pink are on trend with contrasting fiery tones of orange, red and yellow. Use different sizes of brightly filled pots to lift paved areas, and fill hanging or wall mounted planters with cheery colour to add height to a garden and break up the brick.
Your front door is a prime focus so make sure it creates a positive impression. If it’s wooden, give it a fresh coat of paint in a classic heritage colour - like those always used by Redrow - such as navy, sage green or charcoal grey. If you have a composite or UPVC door, make sure to clean it - and don’t forget to polish metal letterboxes, house numbers and door knockers (and consider replacing them if they’re past their best).
Wreaths are increasingly popular in all seasons, including spring, as the fashion for ‘doorscaping’ continues. They add instant decoration, which can be changed with foliage to reflect the changing seasons, and giving personality to your home (and sparkle if you add lights).
Lighting can be used to further enhance your home and front garden, with front lanterns included with all Redrow homes and other exterior lighting options available through My Redrow. Why not signpost and illuminate your pathway with solar lamps, use twinkling fairy lights to decorate shrubs and fencing, and character lamps to add fun and luminous colour.
With many of us looking to decorate our home and enjoy some street party fun over the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee bank holiday, why not invest in attractive lighting and decorations that you can continue to use throughout the year, as well as the obligatory patriotic bunting, flags and balloons just for the weekend?
Front of house furniture
If your front garden is south facing you may spend more time there in the summer, trying to catch the sunshine and enjoy the warmth. So add a bench or small table and chairs to create a welcoming outdoor space, where you can read or chat with neighbours. Wooden furniture can be painted to complement your home, as can metal which adds style with simplicity.
Consider scented candles in natural and rustic holders or lanterns to provide a pretty, ornamental addition and keep fluttering insects away in the evening.
Homes offering the ultimate in kerb appeal
Inspired by the architecture of the Arts & Craft movement, our Heritage Collection homes offer kerb appeal in spades, complete with characterful features and elegant facades.
Heritage Collection homes include the four-bedroom Stratford style in which overhanging hipped rooflines, supported by authentic gallows brackets, are echoed in the portico roof that makes the entrance such a feature, and decorative tiling and full height bay windows further enhance its appeal.
While the larger, five-bedroom Blenheim certainly lives up to its ‘palace’ billing, boasting a double frontage with an attractive arched main entrance, half-timbered eaves and a traditional chimney stack.
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