Yes, that’s right - summer is coming. Although the skies might be a tad grey right now, there will be at least one week where we can sit outside in the sunshine (if we pray). Unpredictability aside, it’s time you took a look at the front of your house to assess the damage that winter may have wreaked. Whether it’s welcoming you home from work or inviting guests in for a visit, the front of your house creates the first impression of your home so it’s important to make it appealing. Here are some easy ideas to get you started and, hopefully, inspired.
Create a Path
Organisation is key for any garden with designated areas for different features. One perfect way to create a layout is by setting down a path for people to follow to your front door. This can be done in a range of ways depending on your taste, time and budget. Choose gravel rather than grass for easy maintenance, and highlight the path with slabs of stone in a stepping formation with gaps or a long continuous path with tiles. There are so many possibilities, so get creative!
Paint the Door
There’s nothing more eye-catching or attractive than a bold front door. Due to regular use and weathering, it’s most likely that yours will need a fresh lick of paint. Go for a stylish town-house look with a shiny black coat or pick cuter colours like pastels or red for a friendlier, cottage feel.
If you have a porch or even a small open area, you can make your front garden more homely with a few pieces of furniture. Pick up a small, round tiled table for character along with one or two ornate, vintage chairs. If you’re a DIY fan, a simple wooden bench is perfect and can easily be made with a few pieces of wood and a couple of good quality tools.
Although garden gnomes are a classic, they’re not everyone’s cup of tea. Garden ornaments can sometimes create clutter - not to mention be a little creepy - so it’s important to restrict decorative features to more functional items like signs and lights. Fit an attractive porch light to welcome people at night - you can even pick up solar-powered porch and path lights.
Find the Flowers
Flowers add beauty and charm to any home, as long as they’re well kept. If you’re a green-thumbed gardening buff then go ahead and create your very own flower bed,but if you prefer less maintenance then you can always hang some baskets full of hard-wearing flowers next to your front door. Remember not to place it too close as you don’t want the lovely insects buzzing too near to the entrance!