10 Ways to Add Curb Appeal to Your Home

Our San Antonio Interior Designers and Architects Share the 10 Best Ways to Increase Your Home’s Curb Appeal  

When it comes to your home, first impressions start at the curb. So, it is important to design a house with curb appeal that makes guests feel welcomed before they even cross the threshold. Create a defined approach leading up to a brightly painted door or build allure with an elegant gate and hedges that leave passersby yearning for a peek inside. To help you set the stage for an inviting interior, our San Antonio interior designers and architects share the 10 best ways to add curb appeal to your home. 

Home with Curb Appeal by Amity Kett

10 Ways to Add Curb Appeal to Make Your Home the Envy of the Block 

1. Familiarize Yourself with the Intimacy Gradient 

In order to create a home with curb appeal, you need to first familiarize yourself with the Intimacy Gradient’s role in interior design and architecture. As defined by Architect Christopher Alexander in his book A Pattern Language, the Intimacy Gradient is a guiding principle for the layout of spaces. Alexander explains that spaces should “create a sequence which begins with the entrance and the most public parts of the building [that] then leads to more private areas.” Essentially, the Intimacy Gradient guides how people move through spaces of the home, starting from the curb. So to have welcoming curb appeal, you need to plan for landscaping and hardscaping that directs visitors to the home’s main entrance. Make sure to create a welcoming front walkway and plan for a practical driveway. 

Defining the Intimacy-gradient from A Pattern Language

2. Create a Welcoming Front Walkway 

The front walkway invites visitors from the curb to the front door. It should signal a transition from the public street to the private interior of the home. To create a welcoming front walkway, plot a path that has effortless flow from the sidewalk to the front stoop while also feeling like a space in itself. The front walkway should relate to the home’s design, so make sure to consider the architecture. Straight paths feel formal and refined, while winding paths offer a tranquil and casual approach. Choose materials that relate back to the facade and highlight your beautiful home. While a pathway may seem like a practical means to an end, it can be an experiential space when planned appropriately. 

Designing a Walkway from A Pattern Language

3. Plan Practical Driveways

Your driveway has a more significant impact on your home’s curb appeal than you may think! Guests showing up for a dinner party and not having space to park their car can create frustration before they even step inside. However, there is a way to design residential parking pads and driveways to be both beautiful and functional. Consider how you and your guests use your home and where there are opportunities to make transitions easier. Maybe you could benefit from a side drive to park your cars out of view, a long tree-lined drive to create an elegant approach, or a semi-circle front drive for easy guest parking. Using a mix of materials like gravel, concrete, and pavers can break up the drive and make it more visually appealing, and plantings can soften the edge. You can even utilize plants like cacti and hedges to discourage parking in certain zones. 

Designing Parking from A Pattern Language

4. Install Landscape and Pathway Lighting 

Don’t leave guests in the dark! After planning beautiful approaches, make sure to create a landscape lighting plan to illuminate doorways, pathways, and drives. A well-designed lighting plan will signal guests where to go and allow your home to be welcoming even on the darkest nights. Gas lanterns offer an old-world and romantic feel, while colored LED lights can be used to create a contemporary atmosphere. 

Landscape Lighting from Unknown Source

5. Furnish Your Front Porch 

Create welcoming spaces for neighbors, guests, and family to land before they even step into your home. For example, furnishing your front porch with the right patio furniture will add curb appeal and provide a space for visitors to wait. Invest in high-quality patio furniture that will withstand the elements and be enjoyed for years to come. 

Front Porch Furnishings by Amity Worrel

6. Add Color to Your Front Door

Our team of San Antonio interior designers and architects have said it before, “Color selection ain’t for the faint of heart!” Choosing exterior paint colors for your home can be challenging, and it is essential to get them right if you want good curb appeal. One of the best places to start is the front door. Try choosing a bright accent color that will draw guests in while complementing the rest of the home’s color palette. Always test your colors on the door itself before going all in on a decision. Colors will look different on your home than they do in the paint store.   

Bright Front Door by DK Studio

7. Find Ways to Create Privacy 

Sometimes the best way to give a home curb appeal is to create privacy from the curb. Adding fencing, hedges, or courtyard walls can make the front yard more private and allow you to enjoy the space without distractions. Plus, privacy creates a sense of allure that will leave passersby wanting to get a peek inside. Like a grand unveiling, your guests will see your beautiful home appear once they’re given access through the courtyard gates. 

Add Fencing to Create a Courtyard from Unknown Source

8. Honor the Architecture of Your Home

Our San Antonio design team has many favorite architectural styles. However, we know the importance of staying true to the original integrity of a home. When updating the exterior of your home to increase the curb appeal, make sure to reference the original architecture rather than blindly apply the latest trends.

Formal Walkway by Amity Kett

9. Unify Interior Window Treatments 

When it comes to curb appeal, sometimes it is what’s on the inside that counts. Specifically, the window treatments you choose for your interior rooms can affect the exterior appearance of your home. When selecting window coverings, consider how they look from the back. Having different color drapes in every room may be beautiful inside the house. However, it can result in the front windows looking disjointed. Instead, line the backs of drapes with white and consider installing shades, shutters, or blinds on front windows to help unify the appearance from the street. 

Uniform Window Coverings by Amity Kett

10. Pay Attention to Details

Finally, pay attention to details. Small design elements can have a big impact on the curb appeal of your home. Consider things like house numbers, door hardware, welcome mats, mailboxes, gutters, downspouts, and potted plants. Dying plants and crooked house numbers can turn an otherwise attractive exterior into a curb appeal disaster. On the other hand, adding a small element like a water feature can set your home apart from the rest of the block. 

Home Exterior by Amity Kett

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