Outdoor Decor: Refresh and Bring Personality to the Exterior of Your Home

Whether you just moved into a new place or you simply want to refresh the look of your home, it’s always a good idea to give proper attention to decorating your home entry. When we were buying our new home, I learned that location and curb appeal are some of the greatest contributors to the home value. The front yard is the first impression people get when they drive by your place or walk up to your front door. 
I know there are simple ways to add a breeze of change in the living area, but I wanted to achieve the same in the front yard as well. So, here are a few easy steps you can take to revive your landscaping and bring new life to your curb appeal. 

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Choose Outdoor Decor Carefully

Whether you are working with a small area or an extensive front yard, it’s always a good idea to focus on aesthetics by selecting decorative items that are both stylish and functional. Letterboxes are some of the most important features of outdoor decors, but still, they are very often overlooked. If chosen carefully, your letterbox and house number can add uniqueness to your home’s curb appeal.
Over the years, letterboxes became an important part of our homes’ exterior décor. Today, they can be found in many different designs, created with style, functionality, and longevity in mind. You can choose from a variety of outdoor decors, including letterboxes, house numbers and signs that will create a stylish statement and make your home stand out. 
If you think of your letterbox as a simple box designed for holding mail, then you haven’t seen yet the amazing mixes of the old-time charm and modern style offered by the latest letterbox designs. As the design of letterboxes has become more creative, the materials have become more ornate to make this practical item attractive and complement your outdoor décor. 

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Ensure to pay attention to the materials as not any wood can withstand sun or rain over a long period and must be maintained. Buying locally produced items is always a good idea as they are made to withstand Australian weather conditions. Also, consider using a simple colour palette as it will allow you to pull off an effortlessly polished and pulled together look of your living space. 
Investing in a good quality letterbox is a great idea as you won’t have to replace it for many years. Installing a letterbox will give your home entrance a tidier and more organised appearance instead of having mail piled up in front of your main door. 

Freshen Up the Area with Self Watering Planters

Not proud to say this, but I consider myself a “plant killer” as I constantly forget to water my plants. Our busy lifestyles slowly but surely detach us from our plants and if you can relate to it, then you will be glad to hear about self watering pots. A self watering pot can give a modern appearance to your front yard and add to the beauty of your curb appeal.
It’s the latest invention in planters, functional and appealing solution to make gardening easy and enjoyable for everyone. You can get a watering pot and start growing a garden, even a mini one. Soon, you may find yourself in your own oasis, as I certainly did. Now I grow my own herbs and I must say that my yard and my kitchen have never smelled so good.
Another reason why I find this type of planter very convenient is its raised design. It allows you to water your flowers, herbs, veggies or fruits without the fear of experiencing any back pain later. There is an indicator that shows the water level, so you can refill it whenever needed. Moreover, the system is designed to retain nutrients within the soil and offer a clean environment.

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The water reservoir uses the excess amount of water gradually and reduces the risk of potential overwatering. This way it keeps your plants healthy and good looking all the time. If you want to create a more vivid space in front of your home, you can combine units and one of the greatest things about this type of planter is that they can be easily reconfigured and relocated if you ever consider moving them to another area of your front yard or in the case of moving to a new home.

Create a Lighting Scheme that Combines Style, Functionality and Impact

Look for outdoor lights online to instantly spruce up your curb appeal. Outdoor lights add the finishing touch to your home exterior and serve a practical purpose at the same time by adding a level of security. That’s why it’s a good idea to choose light fixtures that will provide enough light for every entry point of your home. 
Whether you want to light up the pathway to your front door or various areas around your garden, you can find outdoor lights online and create an ambience and a statement that will welcome and impact your guests. Choosing the right lighting can make your outdoor just as appealing as your indoors and can change the way you feel about your space and how you use it. 
There are many different types of outdoor lights, including wall lights, ceiling lights, hanging lights, spotlights, landscape lights and more. To make the right decisions, observe your outdoor space first and take measurements that can help you select the right size fixtures and positions.

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Each different form of lighting performs a different role, but outdoor spaces provide more opportunities to go overboard on lighting, unlike indoor spaces. 
Consider materials such as aluminium, glass, stainless steel, copper and brass they are durable, but also can make your home exterior look uncluttered and more appealing. I know that high-quality components can be more expensive, however, they pay off in the long term as they work more reliably and provide you with years of service.
The key to creating a successful outdoor lighting scheme is to select lights that will both enhance and highlight the main areas of your front yard, while still providing the practical functions required. Layering and combining lighting is a great way to achieve this and allows you to be in control of the mood your lighting sets.