The front yard is the first thing people see when they pull into your driveway. Make it an inviting space that invites them to come closer and discover what’s in store for them.
Here are some ideas for making your entryway a welcoming place:
Paint Your Front Door
Paint your front door a fun color. This can be tricky to do yourself, but it’s worth it to get the color just right. If you want to paint your front door, make sure to use a good quality paint and apply it with a brush not with a roller.
You’ll need two coats if your door isn’t made of wood or metal, three coats if it is (this goes for all other painted surfaces as well).
Paint the trim and shutters in contrasting colors depending on what they’re made of (wood or metal) while leaving the doorknob alone—it’s best not to mess with tradition!
Update The Address Plaque
Address plaques are the perfect way to add curb appeal. They can be customized with your home’s address and any other information you want to include, such as your family name or a special message.
They come in a wide variety of materials and styles, including everything from aluminum to wood. Address plaques are easy to install, which makes them an excellent choice for do-it-yourselfers.
Plant A Tree
Trees can offer your yard a number of benefits, including:
Curb appeal. The right tree in the right spot will make your house look great and boost its value.
Air quality. Trees are one of the best things you can do to improve air quality around your home, especially if you live in an area with poor air quality due to things like construction or traffic.
They also help reduce noise pollution by breaking up wind currents or absorbing sound as they grow larger over time.
Noise reduction. If you’re looking for something like this specifically, consider planting deciduous trees on the north side of your house they’ll lose their leaves during winter when there’s less daylight hours so they won’t block out all light from windows on that side!
Plant Some Flowers
Planting flowers in your front yard is a great way to add color and beauty to your home. Flowers can help with pollination, as they attract bees and other insects that help with the reproductive process of plants.
They can also help with the mental health of people living in the house, as well as their physical health.
Add A Fountain
A fountain may be the perfect addition to your front yard. Whether you have a large or small yard, a fountain can help to bring beauty and relaxation to your home.
There are many different types of fountains available on the market today. You can choose between simple or elaborate options depending on your budget and personal taste.
If you have a large space, consider placing the fountain in the center of your garden so that it does not take up unnecessary space around other plants or trees in your yard.
Fountains can also be placed in backyards as well if there is room for them there!
Replace Your Mailbox
Your mailbox should be in keeping with the style of your home. You want something that goes with the overall design, and if it’s too loud or flashy, it can detract from the architecture.
It should also be large enough to fit all the mail you get in one day if you have a lot of magazines and catalogues coming through, then it might be worth investing in a larger mailbox.
If you choose an enclosed box then make sure there are plenty of slots so that everything is easily accessible.
You also need to consider how easy it is to clean (you don’t want chewing gum all over), maintain (regular cleaning will help prevent rusting) and install (you want something that fits snugly against your house).
Install Solar-Powered Lighting
Solar-powered lighting is a great way to create ambiance and add decoration to your landscaping.
First, you need to decide which kind of solar lights are right for your home:
LED string lights – these are the most common types of solar-powered lights around. They come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors; they can be used inside or outside; they’re easy to install; they last up to 100 times longer than incandescent bulbs
They cost less per bulb than incandescent bulbs; and they produce very little heat compared with other types of lighting (so you won’t have any issues with melting your plastic flowers).
Puck lights – these are similar to LED string lights but smaller in size about the size of an ice cube and often come in sets where each light has its own battery pack hidden away inside itself so that it doesn’t require any wiring or wall plugs.
Puck lighs have a lot going for them: They’re inexpensive (around $10/light), portable (you can move them around), durable enough for outdoor use when installed properly, and easy on batteries because no electricity is required at all!
Build A Window Box
A window box is a simple way to add some green to your home. It’s also an easy, inexpensive project that you can do on your own. Here are some tips for getting started:
Measure the length and width of your window. And then measure again! Window boxes must be square or rectangular in shape, so it’s important that they fit perfectly in their spot outside.
Cut two pieces of wood to fit the inside dimensions of one side of your frame (the front piece). Then cut two identical pieces (the other side) with just a little extra length so they’ll overlap when you screw them into place.
You may want to paint these first if you like; we used white exterior paint here because I think it looks good against my house’s stone siding and accents nicely with our grey trim color scheme too!
The other thing we did was add corner brackets around each joint where screws are needed to hold everything together securely without falling apart over time due constant exposure outdoors where rain could be heavy or snow loads much higher than expected during winter months could cause damage if there wasn’t something strong enough holding things together tightly enough.”
Paint The House Trim And Shutters
Use high-quality paint. Using the best house paint you can afford will make your trim and shutters look more expensive, and it’ll last longer.
Make sure to use primer first. If you don’t, the trim will absorb water from the wood and start to rot over time—no good!
Paint with a brush that’s no bigger than the trim piece you’re working with so that you don’t get sloppy drips of paint everywhere.
Use a roller for everything else on your house (windowsills, doorsills). This is easiest because it spreads out evenly without dripping down onto plants or grass below like a brush might do.
Create A Paver Path To Your Front Door
Paver paths are durable and easy to maintain. They can be used in a variety of styles, including brick, stone, or concrete.
To create a curved path: Lay out the pavers according to your desired shape and use a spirit level to check for any irregularities before you fill them with sand. As you place each paver in its final position, make sure that it’s firmly pressed into the ground so it won’t shift when people walk on it.
To create a straight line: Place some stakes at each end of where you want your path to start off at and then mark their location by hammering nails into them at ground level—one nail per stake will suffice here!
Remove these stakes and line up fresh ones along this new line so they form an even row along either side of the area where you plan on installing your new driveway ramp system (or whatever).
Then mark out how many blocks go between each pair of stakes using chalk (for example: 1 block = 2 feet).
Next pull up those first few rows of stakes again (you didn’t think we’d leave those behind did ya?) Now repeat this process all over again until done filling up all available gaps between existing posts on either side with new ones marked accordingly; don’t forget about any curves too!
Update The Front Porch Furniture With New Cushions And Pillows
Your porch is the first thing people see when they visit your home. It’s a great place to entertain guests and enjoy time with family, so it’s important that it looks good.
The easiest way to make an impression on visitors is with outdoor furniture, like cushions and pillows. The right outdoor fabric will be durable enough for the outdoors while still being easy to clean.
Cushion fill should also be comfortable enough for you or your guests to relax on for hours at a time (and if you’re going through all this trouble, why not make sure everyone has plenty of room?).
Finally, adding decorative pillows can help tie together the look of all those different pieces into one cohesive style and it doesn’t hurt that they’ll keep things interesting as well!
There are so many ways to update the front yard of your home, but we hope that this list has given you some ideas for how to get started on your own project.
If you find yourself getting overwhelmed with all the possibilities, don’t worry! There are plenty of professionals out there who love designing yards just as much as we do and they can help bring your vision into reality.
I am Hellen James, a landscape architect. For many years I have written about landscaping for various publications; however, recently decided to focus my writing on personal experience as a profession.