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4 Ways to Boost Curb Appeal from Sacramento Interior Designer

04/26/2016 03:20PM ● By Style

The warm weather has arrived, which means more and more people are taking morning jogs, evening strolls, and hosting backyard (and sometimes front yard) soirees. With so many eyes about the neighborhood, it might be time to punch up your exterior’s look. That being said, we’ve come up with four distinctive ways to dress your home’s outer esthetic, boosting its curb appeal—from paint and décor, to pathways and fencing.

1 / Inject Personality with a Colorful Door

Do you want to add instant “oomph” to your home’s exterior? Consider adding a fresh coat of paint to your door. Looking to make a bolder statement? Try a new color instead. Red communicates power and warmth, while blue is totally tonal and shows off your relaxed style. Other bold colors to consider are purple, orange and yellow. If your style is more cool and contemporary, opt for gray or a classic white. 

2 / Accessorize Your Front Yard

Kick up your outdoor space with simplified accessories like doorknockers, wreaths, house numbers and other accents for a pretty and personalized touch. Doorknockers serve as the guest greeters of your home, so be sure to look for one with extra character to give visitors a proper hello. Classically styled homes may look best with a slim-lined knocker, allowing the home’s traditional and tailored exterior to speak for itself. Is your style more eclectic? Opt for one with stately style, like a knocker with room for inscription or an animal silhouette, like the classic lion or a fashionable fox. Adding new house numbers to the door’s frame may also help bolster the style factor of your abode’s exterior.

3 / Add Prettiness with Pathways

Adding a sophisticated path to your entryway is a fantastic way to welcome guests, impress potential homebuyers, and make a fashionable statement in your neighborhood. Select stone, gravel or other materials to reflect the style of your home while keeping budget in mind. Pro tip: Be sure to install lighting to illuminate your path in the evening and at night. There’s no better way to welcome guests to a dinner party than with an illuminated entrance!

4 / Fence it Fashionably

Taking it a step further, factor in fencing when considering updating your outdoor space. Whether a white picket fence or low-to-the-ground stone is more your style, both are fashion-forward and add visual interest and depth to your home’s exterior. Consider adding a gate to make your home more approachable, and take privacy, security and other factors that are important to your wants and needs as a homeowner into consideration.

What are some of your favorite ways to boost curb appeal in your space? Email us at and let us know!
Kerrie L. Kelly is an award-winning interior designer, author and multimedia consultant. She has authored two books: ‘Home Décor: A Sunset Design Guide,’ published by Oxmoor House, and ‘My Interior Design Kit,’ with Pearson Professional and Career Education. To contact her, visit or call 916-706-2089.
Top photo courtesy of Black Millwork Cabinetry. Bottom photo © ratatosk/ Kerrie L. Kelly photo by Dante Fontana. Exterior photos courtesy of Brian Kellogg.

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