After all the excitement of the holidays, the sparkle of the lights and the overstimulation of decorations, the rest of winter can seem lackluster. Don't let your home add to the dreariness of the season. Spruce up your curb appeal with the tips below and inspire your neighbors to create a well-groomed street that will make drivers passing through smile.
Tend the Plants
If you're currently located in a winter wonderland, then dig up any dead plants that won't grow back. Replace them with cold-loving flowers, such as snowberry or lambs ear. In warmer climates, this is the time for any landscaping changes you'd like to make. It will give your plants a chance to flourish by spring and have solid roots before the harsh heat of summer.
Light the Way
With daylight hours dwindling, well-placed outdoor lighting will help highlight your home's best features in the evening. Not only do they make your home look warm and cozy, but they also provide much needed walkway lighting so that your guests arrive safely.
Create a Custom Mailbox
Reclaim a vintage mailbox or get creative with paint to let the neighborhood know your family's favorite sports team. A personalized letterbox says a lot about your household, so make it something special that doesn't look like every other box on the street. Also, visitors trying to find your home always appreciate large, easy-to-read address numbers visible from both directions.
Place Pots Strategically
Create focal points with terra cotta or colorful pots. Place them around your door to make a cozy entrance. Use evergreens and holly to give the curb appeal of your home a wintry feeling or brighten up a dark doorstep with cheerful pansies.
Paint Your Front Door
Perk up your curb appeal when the weather is dreary by painting your front door in a color that packs a punch. Try a vibrant red, bright blue or sage green. These colors will make your home feel warm and cheerful. However, don't apply paint if the weather is below 40 degrees, because it will dry brittle and crack.