Even if you love your home, everyone needs a change sometimes. If you’ve been wanting to update the look of your house but don’t feel the need to commit to full scale renovations, there are some simple updates you can make to your landscaping to refresh your curb appeal.
Fence it In
Even if you’re not feeling a fully fenced in yard, fencing in just parts of it can break up the space visually and create some new focal points. “This is one of the best cheap landscaping edging ideas that will never go out of style. Whether you have a large property or you just want to fence in a small garden area, incorporating really great fencing can add so much character to any given area,” Backyard Boss shares.
Creating a visual border can often come in a form as simple as edging your garden beds. You can go as simple as getting raw stones and placing them around the edges, or up your game with a retaining wall. Country Living has some examples of how effective both methods can be.
The plant life is one of the most visually delightful (and easy to change!) parts of your home’s landscaping. When you’re choosing what flowers to brighten your yard with, look for perennial plants, which come back in year after year.
Check out Fresh Home’s ideas for attractive perennials. They suggest: “Decide on one of two different design approaches when landscaping with flowers — a one-color floral garden or a combination of colorful perennials.”
If you really want to bring nature home with you, a water features can be a great way to add another visual and auditory element to your yard.
HGTV says that both fountains and water walls are trending fixtures right now: “We love the sound of water in the garden. Water features from inexpensive self-contained systems in an urn or portable fountain to a high-end water wall are popular across all budgets.”
A Bright Outlook
The best features of your yard and house can be totally lost with the wrong lighting. When planning your outdoor lighting, keep in mind both functionality and aesthetic preference.
Stake lights can be used to demarcate paths or make your garden pop, while overhead lighting helps illuminate patios and social spaces. The right lighting over your front door creates a welcoming environment, whether you opt for modern electric fixtures or something classic like gas lanterns.
A fire pit or outdoor fireplace is another great option for outdoor lighting. “Besides being a source of light, a fire pit provides warmth on cool summer evenings, and gives you a reason to go outside and stay there during the colder months,” according to The Spruce. Remember that safety comes first when installing a fire pit, so consult professionals as needed.
If you’re trying to decide how to give your landscape an upgrade or bring your vision into reality, find out what home designing and building services WillowTree has to offer.