I have an assignment. Take a drive or better yet, take a walk down the streets of a housing area near you, or an area that has always intrigued you. As you walk along what draws your attention? What sparks your interest? Are you finding a smile on the face of a home?
I am speculating here, but I am nearly 100% certain that the homes with the nicest exterior, porch, or entry will capture your attention. The rest, well, you simply walk by. Whether there is a small stoop or an expansive porch, if the threshold is not appealing, it does not provide the enticement to see more. When you see an inviting entry don’t you want to peek inside and meet those who live behind the door? In fact, if there are particularly unique touches at the entry, aren’t you extremely curious to see how distinctive the interior decor might be? Don’t you want to explore? Might you be enticed to meet the creative person inside?
The exterior space reflects the life style. It exudes a variety of images: relaxed, comfortable, disorganized, untidy, well thought out, creative, used and/or enjoyed.
Think about your porch. Actually go outside and look at your home. Take a walk down the street and contemplate what you see and how your home compares to the neighborhood, the community. Does it reflect who you are? Does it invite someone in? Does it stand out in the neighborhood, blend in, or detract? We all have images in our head of a refrigerator or a couch on a cluttered porch and how it conjures up a lifestyle. Other things do as well.
Even the smallest details can make a huge difference.
The face of your home doesn’t need a complete overhaul to be appealing. You can simply begin by making it uncluttered and orderly. Perform a clean sweep, a window wash, and be certain that the outside lighting and fixtures are scrubbed and sparkling. Just plain elbow grease makes all the difference in the world. Removing weeds, trimming the plantings, raking the leaves, and adding mulch seem so simple, but what a difference it can make. How you progress from the basics is entirely up to you. You can achieve a great deal by simply adding elements that reflect your own personality. It could be as simple as a wreath on the door. Start by acknowledging the season and progress from there. Add additional elements over time with good consideration of the components used. It is essential to have an overall master plan. It is better to add details over time than to try to do things in a haphazard way. If you have considered the overall look you wish to achieve and continually add details, not only will you have a welcoming look, but it can constantly develop and transform over time.
Just keep in mind that your entry is the face of your lifestyle. Put a smile there.
Just like the smile on your face is welcoming, putting a smile on your entrance welcomes as well.