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Curb Appeal5 min

6 Steps to Create a Welcoming Home Exterior

Most homeowners spend a considerable amount of time and money making their home's interior inviting, but can sometimes fail to prioritize exterior upgrades. It's important to ensure the home style design of your exterior offers the same welcoming atmosphere that your interior provides so guests feel your hospitability right from the curb.

Here are the top six tips and tricks to create a home aesthetic that makes your guests feel welcome before even stepping foot inside. 

  • Give your front door a fresh coat – When guests approach the welcome mat, they shouldn’t be distracted by a dull door with chips and dings. By adding a fresh coat of paint, they’ll get a great first impression from the start.
  • Add accent trim – Simple accents can make a big difference. Adding trim, for example, can accentuate your home’s visual flair and symmetry.
  • Don’t forget about your mailbox – A neglected or mismatched mailbox can take away from a home’s look and charm. Ideally, a mailbox color and style should mirror that of the home’s siding for a cohesive look from the curb.
  • Remember landscape lighting – Adding lighting to illuminate the walking path to your front door will ensure guests feel invited even in the evening hours. 
  • Add window boxes full of bright plants and flowers – Vibrant plants and flowers around the home can add an eye-catching pop of color. Choose metal for a traditional look and wood for a more charming addition beneath the windows.
  • Think beyond the front yard – Sure, the front yard is what guests will see first when arriving at your home. However, consider an outdoor element like a backyard shed, which can be visible from the curb, for a unique focal point.

An exterior that is welcoming is sure to make your guests feel right at home. Follow these tips and you'll be well on your way to a more inviting home in no time.

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Trends5 min

Your Biggest Exterior Design Trend Questions for 2020, Answered

It's hard to imagine we're living in the year 2020. While we're not surrounded by robotic butlers and flying cars, home design trends in 2020 will feel revolutionary in style, texture and color. Whether you're looking at new home building trends for 2020 or want to update your current home's exterior design, we're tackling your biggest design questions and providing ideas for inspiration.

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Trends4 min
2020 Color Predictions to Guide Your Home’s Paint Color Selection

It's that exciting time of the year when paint industry pros unveil their new paint colors. 2020 is already a landmark event, marking the start of a brand-new decade. Will it be known by bold, upbeat shades or demure neutrals?

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Design Focus: Dutch Colonials

If you live in the Northeast, your home is likely to represent or be surrounded by great examples of Dutch Colonial architecture. While the traditional Colonial home is a quintessential American design, the Dutch Colonial style is different, and made popular by Dutch Colonists who settled in the New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut areas in the mid-1600s.

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Expert Predictions: Top 2020 Design Trends

Home design trends are everchanging, and it's oftentimes hard to stay on top of what's in and what's out. With 2020 just around the corner, what better time to dive into the top interior and exterior design predictions for next year as told by the experts themselves to ensure you're in the know?