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Give front of home a boost with paint, plants

As the days get shorter and cooler, and nature's colors begin to fade, don't let your yard fall into a funk. Instead, kick your curb appeal up a notch with these easy to apply tips. Here are some ways to get rid of those late-season blahs. Rachael Liska, Fresh Home (

Make an entrance. If your front yard consists of turf and a straight-shot sidewalk, create some points of interest. Try flanking the front walk with striking urns or an arbor with a short length of fence on either side. Then, layer the look with containers or a seasonal wreath and garland framing the front door. Remember to stick to one theme though. Without some restraint, your front yard could easily turn into a random jumble of garden gnomes and planters instead of a tasteful and welcoming entrance.

Invest in first impressions. Few makeovers can give you as much bang for your buck as painting the front door. Choose a high-gloss paint that will accentuate your house while also adding a welcome jolt of color for those dreary days. And while you're in the sprucing mood, you might want to add a new door accessory as well, like a vintage brass door knocker.

Pick a number. Trade in your dull house numbers for some digits that bring out your personality. You can customize your numbers in a variety of sizes and fonts, architectural styles or even opt for lighted or solar versions. Talented with a paintbrush? Try painting your house numbers on your door frame or adding them to a lamppost. Your guests and paperboy will never miss the house again.

Special delivery. Go first class with a top-notch mailbox. They come in all shapes and sizes and can be easily mounted to the wall for convenience or tailored to your personal taste and needs.

Window box wonders. Think outside the box. Give your window boxes a fresh coat of paint, decorative brackets or even ceramic tiles and stencils. Try planting unexpected combos like English ivy with verbenas and icicle pansies to further perk them up and transform your window boxes into stunning focal points.

For more tips to improve your home, pick up a copy of the fall issue of Fresh Home on newsstands now or check out

Give front of home a boost with paint, plants 11/16/10 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 1:21pm]
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