If you’re in a cold-weather climate, don’t let the winter blues bring down your listing’s curb appeal. Jackie Mosher, co-founder of Dzinly, a company that provides designer-approved digital exterior designs for inspiration, offers a few tips for sprucing up the outside.
Brighten the Front Door
“Even just a fresh paint coat of the existing color can sometimes do the trick,” Mosher says. Or give it a new color. For a cohesive look, paint the door a shade darker or lighter than the home’s exterior color. For a bolder statement, use the color wheel, choosing a color the opposite of the home’s main color. For example, if the home is mostly brown, give the front door its complementary color—dark blue.
Add Flower Boxes
In winter, try cold-friendly plants such as pansies, flowering cabbages and kales, and ferns. Layer the height of the arrangements with up to three different plant varieties, Mosher suggests. Whatever the season, greenery and flowers along your windows dress up the home’s architecture and “add interest, dimension and personality,” she says.
Swap Out the Lighting
If there’s room, add a hanging pendant or chandelier above the front door. Mosher suggests picking a fixture that’s about one-third or one-fourth the size of the front door (including the trim). Or, update the carriage lights beside the door. Boxed lanterns in a black or antique bronze finish are a nice touch, she says.
Supersize the Address Numbers
Large, sleek black numbers can add a modern vibe to a home. “These can become a focal point,” Mosher says, citing modernhousenumbers.com as her favorite site for inspiration.