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Make your home stand out this summer with an exterior makeover

As homeowners, we tend to focus our design efforts on the inside of our homes. However, refreshing the exterior of your house can help make your home stand out, and give a good first impression to visitors, neighbours or even potential buyers. With summer round the corner, now’s the perfect time to invest in simple upgrades to give your home some extra curb appeal.

Add blinds or shutters

As a popular alternative to curtains, many people choose to install modern roller blinds or venetian blinds on their windows. However, blinds aren’t just functional, they can also change the way your home looks, from the inside and the outside. A set of beautiful shutters can really open up a window, and give your home a unique, stylish quality, while if you add vertical blinds to your conservatory or bi-fold doors, you can enjoy better insulation during the colder months and added privacy all year round. Best of all, as well as being one of the most cost-effective ways to give your windows a facelift, when you invest in beautifully-designed blinds you not only make your home look good on the outside, but on the inside too – it’s a win-win!

Fix-up your front door

Along with your street-facing windows, your front door is the one of the first places most visitors will see, so it’s important to make a good impression. Make sure the door itself is clean and stylish by giving it a fresh coat of paint every few years. You could also add a quirky door knocker, a patterned blind for a peek of colour (if your door has glass panels) or some potted flowers either side of the entrance to brighten things up.

Tidy your garden

A neat garden will always look inviting. If you don’t enjoy spending a weekend outside, simply invest in a low-maintenance solution such as paving, gravel or a lawn. Just make sure you mow the grass on a weekly basis, or, in the case of paving, pressure wash it once a year to remove marks, moss and mildew. If you have a patio on the side or back of your house you could even convert it into a shaded, café-style eating area by adding a stylish awning.

Get out your paintbrush

If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, painting your house is a great way to change its appearance. Neutral colours such as white or cream can really freshen things up, while in some areas, lilac, green or pink are popular. Just make sure you check in with your local council before you grab a paintbrush, to find out which hues are considered acceptable.

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