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Spring for Your Home’s Exterior

The following post is from Lindsey M. Roberts, a design & décor writer:


house in the spring


Spring is when we start itching to be outside, which means that it’s also a great time to think about sprucing up our homes’ exteriors. You’ll have a better view of  the exterior over the next six months than you did when you were curled up inside for winter.

And of course, you might be thinking that your home needs new paint or that you need to hire a window washer, but there are also smaller things that you can do for big impact. Here are a few fairly easy ideas for quick fixes and beautiful façades.

weather vane of elephants
source: American Architectural Weathervane Co.

1. Weather Vanes

Yes, weather vanes. American Architectural Weathervane Co. has reinvented the traditional weather vane into whimsical variations with whales, lighthouses, ships, elephants, and more. Check out my friend Debra Prinzing’s article on these weather vanes in the Los Angeles Times, too.

2. Container Pots

Debra was my inspiration for this second idea: colorful container pots with spring bulbs. On her blog, she suggests finding bulbs that match the containers in color, and adding cool-colored annuals around the more-colorful centerpieces. If you’re in an apartment, you can think about putting these pots on a balcony, or maybe starting an herb garden on a ledge or windowsill.

welcome mat in tiles
source: romulusnr

3. Welcome Mats

A quick and easy way to give your entrance new life is to get a new welcome mat. (I’ve been eying this one from Ikea for a while now.)

4. House Numbers

And while you’re replacing the mat, consider looking for new, modern house numbers or painting the ones you have.

5. Wreaths

We’re no strangers to wreaths here at Decorating Your Way—they’re a great way to mark a change in season, and give guests a clue to the style that they’ll find inside the home. My fellow blogger, Myra, put a burlap wreath together this spring that I find inspiring, for her blog, The Casabella Project.

6. Cleaning

And of course — do we have to say it? — one of the best ways to refresh any part of your home is to clean it. Give your door a nice wash, your porch a sweep, and the front windows a cleaning.

For more inspiration, Real Simple magazine this month features a formula of welcome mat + house numbers + pots + plants for different styles of homes, from cottage to ranch-style to traditional.  Check out the slideshow of the styles.

What will you do this spring to freshen up your home’s exterior?

Lindsey M. Roberts has covered design, décor, and homes from Washington state to Washington, D.C., writing for publications such as Seattle Homes & Lifestyles, Apartment Therapy, The Washington Post, and Preservation magazine and editing publications for Hanley Wood.