Written by LuAnn Brandsen
If your front yard consists of a straight-shot sidewalk, create reasons to pause. Flank the front walk with striking urns or an arbor with a short length of fence on either side. Then, layer in interest with containers or a seasonal wreath and garland framing the front door. The key is to stick to one basic theme, rather than an E-I-E-I-O approach (ivy planter here, a gnome statue there, here an urn, there a wreath, everywhere something to look at).
OK, OK. We know it might sound a little obsessive, but don't underestimate the visual power of harmonious window treatments. If you've ever viewed a house with a hodgepodge of curtains (stripes in the living room, dinosaur patter in a bedroom and a set of blinds hanging askew in the kitchen), then you've noticed their effect on overall curb appeal. The solution can be as simple as making sure all the linings are of similar hues or using the same style of blinds or shutters at every window.
Sometimes it's the smallest, least expensive things that can get you noticed. Tuck a string of battery-powered lights into containers and window boxes for some festive fun. Or, create hanging orbs of English ivy and twinkling lights.
Structures and furnishings can punctuate your yard with color and architectural interest. Consider a simple pergola over your entry, new shutters at the windows, or a pyramid trellis or inviting bench near the door. Paint these pieces a cheerful French blue, sunny yellow or other blah-bursting color for added cool.
September 20, 2011 2:29 AM
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