I’ve always told my friends that if Interior Design doesn’t work out I’d move on to landscape design. You may not know this, but I love gardening. I find it to be therapeutic. I just love the way flowers and plants can transform a space instantly. By extension, your exterior design is just as important as your interior design.
Your curb appeal should be a grand entry. There’s nothing worse than walking up to a home only to be greeted by an unwelcome entry. Zero curb appeal. Lack of plant care, an unkempt patio, a non-manicured lawn, missing light bulbs or outdated paint job. There are several elements to creating a great exterior space.
Groupings of potted plants is a great start especially if you’re lacking a flower bed. You certainly don’t need to spend a fortune to achieve this great look. Group potted plants in varying heights and colors for an instant update. Be sure to research the proper way to pot plants because you can kill them just as quickly as you’ve planted them. image via
Seating is always a good idea. Nothing is more refreshing that taking a break and enjoying the nice weather. Outdoor furnitures are offered in so many different materials. Don’t be afraid to try something other than the standard wicker. image via
Layering plants while combining different colors not only looks great but accentuates your entry. Try adding fragrance plants such as gardenias – it smells lovely!
For a stunning contemporary look and for those who don’t have much of a green thumb, opt for succulents or plants that are hardy. Even the color green accents the institutional view of the concrete. image via
For those who are daring and may want to put a little more of the budget towards landscaping, be creative and have some fun. This is a great combination of color, pattern, texture, balance and interest. image via
Add some color. Don’t just think about adding color via your plants but also your furnishings. This is a great opportunity to be bold, vibrant and fun. Let’s face it, in most cases, it’s not always possible to add color to outdoor walls unless we change the entire color of the house; thus, adding color to your furniture is a suitable and economical option.
Do you have any other tips to add….I’d love to hear them.
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