It’s what’s inside that counts… At least that’s what people always say. When we’re considering how we decorate our homes we inevitably turn our attention to the interior. After all, we all deserve to come home to a place that makes us feel happy, safe and… well… at home after a long and hard day’s work or a long and hard night’s play. The way we decorate not only helps us to feel relaxed, secure and happy, it also reaffirms and reasserts our personalities, defining ourselves through the colours, textures, shades, fabrics and materials with which we surround ourselves. We wear our memories on the wall and our tastes on our proverbial sleeves. Our home is a physical embodiment of our taste and personality, and this not only helps us relax at home, it also helps our guests get to know us a little better.
That said, in our zeal to create the perfect interiors, we mustn’t neglect the exterior. Giving the outside some TLC too helps to not just increase your home’s kerb appeal but makes the simple act of coming home or walking past your property that little bit more magical…
Rethink your driveway
Most properties’ exteriors are taken up by a sizeable driveway. This draws the eye of passers by and when it’s in a state of disrepair with weeds poking out from between paving slabs it can look like a crooked and blackened tooth in an otherwise flawless smile.
Fortunately, there are lots of ways you can breathe new life into your driveway and lend it a sense of personality. You can scatter it with stunning rose coloured Kelkay Gravel, use resin bonded stone or perhaps even patterned imprinted concrete. You can decorate with a vast range of colours and textures and even create pictures and patterns in your driveway. There are a wide range of potential solutions which are as unique and beautiful as your home.
Say it with flowers
Nothing brightens up a space or fills it with more beauty and cheer than flowers. And there are so many ways in which you can use them to brighten up your exterior. You can hang them from baskets on either side of your doorway or stand them in planters. You can bed them down in a window box or simply hang them in a wreath on your front door. With every season comes a new opportunity to revivify your exterior and bring bold new colours and shapes to the outside of your home.
Of course, if you aren’t that keen on the idea of changing or tending to the flowers, artificial ones can give you the very same effect with none of the need for maintenance.
The colour of welcome
Finally, never underestimate how eloquently your front door is speaking to passers by. A rudimentary understanding of colour psychology will tell you the kind of impression that your front door maybe making on passers by, guess and even you without your even knowing it. The most welcoming and inviting colours include yellow, turquoise, sky blue, lime greens and rich plummy purples.
Of course, whichever colour you chose, a fresh coat of paint goes a long way towards brightening up your home’s exterior.