A newly-remodeled home from the outside with a well-maintained lawn

Curb Appeal for a Total Home Refresh

Spring is in the air, and while it’s customary to clean and refresh the indoor spaces of your home, there’s also no better time to think about an exterior makeover. Try these curb appeal ideas for a total outdoor home refresh.

Total Home Refresh - Pella Architect Series 6 Panel Solid-Panel Entry Door with Sidelights
Pella® Architect Series® 6 Panel Solid-Panel Entry Door in Eldridge Gray with Sidelights

Put Your Best Door Forward
If the heart of a home’s interior is the kitchen, then the heart of a home’s exterior is the entry door. The right entry door not only has the power to enhance curb appeal, but also allows homeowners to express their unique personality.

One of the most important decisions to make when selecting an entry door is material. Fiberglass is a durable, low-maintenance choice, especially for humid climates, because it won’t warp or swell.

In many climates, wood doors are ideal for those looking to add distinctive style to the home. “The unique part about having a real wood door is that it’s a door made of organic and natural material,” says Pella Corporation Product Specialist Alicia Snyder. “And the customization options are quite extensive.”

Installing a new entry door isn’t just about increasing aesthetics and home value – there are other benefits, too. A quality entry door can improve a home’s energy efficiency, helping to lower heating and cooling costs. So if you’re looking to refresh your home’s curb appeal while saving money in the long run, a new entry door might be the smartest investment you could make.

Get in Touch with Your Inner Green Thumb
Arranging potted plants around your front door, porch or deck can breathe life into your entryway by adding a pop of color and pizzazz. For extra visual interest, use pots of varying shapes, sizes and colors. 

Upgrading your landscaping can also make your home feel more inviting. Try planting flowerbeds and shrubs along driveways and walkways, and don’t forget to replace old mulch and rocks with new materials once you’re done.

Total Home Refresh - Pella Architect Series Plank Craftsman Light Entry Door with Glass in Brick Red
Pella® Architect Series® Plank Craftsman Light Entry Door with Glass in Brick Red

Illuminate Your Entryway
Once the sun goes down, a house is only as inviting as its exterior lighting system. For nighttime curb appeal and safety, add a row of ground-insert solar lights to illuminate your walking path. Also, make sure guests are greeted with a well-lit entryway by installing new light fixtures outside your front and garage doors.

Total Home Refresh - Pella- Plank 2 Panel Arch Entry Door
Pella® Plank 2 Panel Arch Entry Door

Refresh Exterior and Trim Colors
For a dramatic change you can repaint your home’s exterior. Or you can choose a new trim color for a simpler refresh. When updating trim, pick a color scheme that matches your home’s primary exterior color, or complement it with a fresh twist.

This article was written by

Nicolle Picray, Content Marketing & Social Media, Pella Windows & Doors

A self-proclaimed Social Media Geek and DIY aficionado, Nicolle is a member of the Pella Marketing team, focused on content creation and curation. In her free time she can be found pillaging thrift shops for furniture projects, attempting to rationalize with her 4 year old daughter, and editing her husband’s honey-do list.

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