Updating the exterior portions of your home is a great way to boost the look and quality of your property. While outdoor updates aren’t as exciting as getting a new kitchen or bathroom, they're also important when it comes to keeping your home modern. Staying on top of trends within your neighborhood is essential to boosting your home's value. Check out these home design trends that increase the value of your home.
Give the Garage a New Look
An easy way to overhaul the look of your home in an instant is to choose a new kind of door for the garage. There are plenty of different options to choose from depending on the style of your home. Doors that feature windows along with metal and wood accents are growing in popularity as people realize the dramatic impact it has. Installing a new garage door can increase the value of your home without having to break the bank or a sweat.
Landscape With a Theme
Having a stunning backyard takes more than just adding a few flowers and plants. However, your yard needs a design theme just like your interior rooms. Adopting an idea that works for your home’s style, as well as your budget, is an important part of home ownership.
Many homeowners tend to theme their outdoor areas as a reflection of themselves. Country homes will feature Americana décor and rustic touches while city homes may have modern themes. If you don’t know where to start, consider going with a native theme that features native plants in your area. These will be easier to maintain and will also attract area pollinators. Native landscaping trends can also bring in aspects of the history of the community and tie into the neighborhood. Xeriscaping is another popular trend that creates lawn free areas of the yard. You won't use much water if you plant native, low maintenance plants surrounded by inorganic mulch.
Go Bold With Dark Colors
While homes are traditionally painted in light colors like white, tan, or pastels, homeowners are now switching to darker colors. You’ll find many new homes with dark grey, navy blue, or even black exteriors. It can be a bit scary to choose a darker color for a home so try starting small. Some homeowners choose to paint the trim a darker color which also helps create a modern feel to the house. Walk around your neighborhood and look for those homes that are darker to see if they appeal to you.
Create an Outdoor Oasis
Outdoor living is a significant trend that isn’t going away anytime soon. Many homeowners are extending their living space by updating patios, porches, and yards. Creating an outdoor oasis for your home will encourage you to step outdoors more often and enjoy nature. Comfortable outdoor furniture, a fire pit and a dining table are all ways that you can create a relaxing outdoor spot.
Add New Technology
If you enjoy different kinds of technology inside your home, why not add technology to the yard? There are many devices on the market geared toward making yard work easier. Outdoor weather stations, water sensors and smart sprinkler controllers are all making their way to the market this year. Consider solar powered lights that can help lower your electric bill.
There are plenty of ways to update the exterior portions of your home to boost curb appeal. You'll not only be adding to your home's value, you'll make it a place you're eager to spend time in and enjoy.
Meredith Hale is a gardening and landscape writer, and design addict. She has coordinated the design on many house flipping projects, and freely admits that her favorite part is creating inspired outdoor spaces.