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Make an Entrance: 5 Ways to Upgrade Your Curb Appeal

Ready to give your home’s entrance a dose of personality? We’ve got five quick and easy ways to spruce up your stoop and make it a reflection of you—as well as your home’s interior.

1. Do a Clean Sweep

Clean sheets make you sleep better (it’s a fact, right?). So naturally, a clean front stoop or entry is going to give you that same organized, calming feeling. Get the broom and water hose out and give your steps, windows, and door a good, old-fashioned scrub to wash away the dirt and grime.

2. Banish Beige

Do you have a favorite color? Whether it’s grass green, barn red, or azure blue, consider making it the hue of choice for your front door. Painting your door a color that you love gives guests and passersby a hint at your personality—and most likely a glimpse of what’s to come in terms of your home’s interior palette and accessories.

3. Hit the Mats

You can also add a little personality with a doormat that doesn’t beat around the bush. Let them know you don’t “give a hoot” or that solicitors are discouraged.

4. Grow Wild

Nothing adds vitality (and color!) to the front stoop more quickly or effectively than a container garden. Pot your favorites in a planter and enjoy watching them grow from spring to fall. If you want to add a little something extra to your container, consider incorporating a sculpture into the planting. This colorful option spins with the wind.

5. Make Music

You don’t need to own a guitar to make music on the front porch. Hang a wind chime or two, and let Mother Nature create her own tune. This flower-embellished version is a fun way to bring a punch of color to your entry along with the relaxing lull of the chimes. If you just want to add color without the sounds of the chimes, check out this hanging stones piece.