Warm summer months keep homeowners on their toes, from beautifying landscaping to performing ongoing lawn and pool maintenance. But many overlook an exterior feature that can do wonders for your home’s curb appeal: the exterior entryway.

There are many ways to revitalize your exterior entryway, from smaller, DIY projects to renovation investments that will pay off whether you are looking to put your home on the real estate market or just increase its beauty and livability.

Easy Everyday Exterior Entryway Upgrades

Before committing to larger upgrades, it’s important to assess your entryway’s current state. Dedicate some time to basic maintenance. In addition to clearing away debris, cobwebs, and that sports equipment that never made it back to the garage, complete any other tasks which will give you a clearer view of what you’re working with. As Better Homes and Gardens suggests, take time to “cut back overgrown plantings that block views of the front door or spill over onto walkways.” With an unobstructed view of your exterior entryway, you can begin to add (or take away) elements as needed.

Once you have completed this basic maintenance, it’s easy to add natural elements, furniture, and decor. Heed both your home’s architectural style and your own aesthetic when looking for decor and furniture, and consider the size of your space. You might love the look of a sleek modern metal bench, but will it look out of place in your cozy cottage entryway?

Embrace new plants and flowers to instantly transform your entryway. Even if you are not ready to commit to new landscaping, the Better Homes and Gardens post goes on to note that “flowers and plants in containers are easy to maintain and can be rearranged at any time.”

DIY-Friendly Upgrades

While there are plenty of super quick ways to freshen your exterior entryway, a little DIY can go a long way. You will reap more curb appeal payoff for your efforts if you are willing to complete more time-consuming tasks like repainting your front door or replacing lighting fixtures or your mailbox.

A newly painted front door is a great opportunity to embrace a pop of color while still working within your home’s exterior color scheme. As we touched on before, it’s important to strike a balance and not stray too far from the architectural style of your home. Here is a beautiful array of options compiled by the DIY Network, complete with helpful commentary on which styles these colors would match best.

Professional Upgrades

There are plenty of small ways to upgrade your exterior entryway, but the most impactful options are best left to professionals. For starters, there is no amount of decor that can rival the impact of a new entry door. This exterior renovation is the best way to improve your home’s curb appeal, while increasing both energy efficiency and safety.

Investing in new siding and trim is another smart investment to brighten your exterior entryway. With more attractive and affordable siding options on the market than ever before, homeowners can find just the right color and finish combination to create an inviting and stylish new exterior entryway.

If you’d like to discuss ideas for renovating your exterior entryway, contact us.