Creating Better Curb Appeal with Charming Garage Doors

Want to give your home’s curb appeal something special? Your garage door is an opportunity just waiting for you to take advantage of it. It takes up a lot of real estate on your home’s facade, so it’s a great place to infuse some charm and character to elevate the entire look of your curb appeal.

There are a lot of ways to improve your garage door. If your budget is low, simply painting it can have a big effect that doesn’t cost a lot. You can also add extra details to it, such as DIY hardware or vines, or you can replace the door altogether with something like a carriage door if you have a little more room in your budget.

Here are 10 eye-catching garage doors to give you some ideas and inspiration for your own home.

Garage Door Inspiration

Creating Better Curb Appeal with Charming Garage Doors | HomeandEventStyling.comWhite carriage doors blend into the beautiful facade of this home while adding some character. The vines are a nice touch, too, to bring some life to the curb appeal.
Source: Better Homes & Gardens

Creating Better Curb Appeal with Charming Garage Doors | HomeandEventStyling.comThe panels and curved windows bring some extra character to this otherwise simple garage.
Source: This Old House

Creating Better Curb Appeal with Charming Garage Doors | HomeandEventStyling.comThese garage doors mimic the look of actual barn doors for a very charming look.
Source: Christina’s Adventures

Creating Better Curb Appeal with Charming Garage Doors | HomeandEventStyling.comSome black hardware adds detail to this carriage door that ties it in with the Juliet balcony.
Source: Southern Living

Creating Better Curb Appeal with Charming Garage Doors | HomeandEventStyling.comHow chic is this rounded garage door?
Source: Elements of Style

Creating Better Curb Appeal with Charming Garage Doors | HomeandEventStyling.comA polished, bare wood door brings warmth and character to the white building while keeping with a modern appeal.
Source: Lonny

Creating Better Curb Appeal with Charming Garage Doors | HomeandEventStyling.comRustic, knotty wood garage doors bring a farmhouse flair to this beautiful home.
Source: Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Creating Better Curb Appeal with Charming Garage Doors | HomeandEventStyling.comDon’t be afraid to paint your garage door a color, like this beautiful deep green that complements the home.
Source: Southern Living

Creating Better Curb Appeal with Charming Garage Doors | HomeandEventStyling.comThough the garage door mostly blends in with the facade, the detailing on the panels gives it some character.
Source: New England Home

Creating Better Curb Appeal with Charming Garage Doors | HomeandEventStyling.comThis home looks like a tropical paradise with the gorgeous, vibrant wood tone on the garage doors, which add some dimension to the look.
Source: Southern Living

Could your garage door use an upgrade?

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Neutral Bedroom Inspiration for Home Staging

When your home is on the market, you want to appeal to the highest number of buyers possible. That’s where home staging comes in. One of the most crucial aspects of the home staging process is to give your home a neutral palette, which will keep buyers from getting distracted by decor that may not be their taste and instead allows them to focus on the more important elements of the home. With a blank slate, they are free to imagine their own decor there instead.

This concept applies to all rooms in a home, including the master bedroom, which is one of the most important spaces in a home to buyers. The more you can make them feel like they are walking into a luxurious hotel suite, the better chance you will have of creating an emotional reaction and securing a sale. A neutral bedroom is a must to appeal to both genders and get that fresh, clean hotel feel.

A neutral bedroom doesn’t have to mean a boring bedroom. This palette even looks great when decorating a permanent residence and can fit a variety of styles. Here are 10 beautiful examples of neutral bedrooms to inspire you.

Neutral Bedrooms

Neutral Bedroom Inspiration for Home Staging | HomeandEventStyling.comCreamy neutrals paired with white looks incredibly elegant when you mix rich textures like velvet, faux fur and metallics into the decor.
Source: House Beautiful

Neutral Bedroom Inspiration for Home Staging | HomeandEventStyling.comTo create a lot of visual depth, mix deep tones, mid tones, and white together. Wood tones are also considered neutrals, so mixing them into your decor will add a lot of visual interest and great texture.
Source: My Home Ideas

Neutral Bedroom Inspiration for Home Staging | HomeandEventStyling.comA faux fur throw at the end of the bed is an easy way to add some instant luxury to a bedroom.
Source: Style At Home

Neutral Bedroom Inspiration for Home Staging | HomeandEventStyling.comThis champagne color walks a bit of a fine line between neutral and rosy pink, but the subtle touch of it looks stunning in this bedroom.
Source: Cottages & Gardens

Neutral Bedroom Inspiration for Home Staging | HomeandEventStyling.comAn area rug is a great way to bring in pattern and texture into a neutral bedroom without using any color.
Source: My Domaine

Neutral Bedroom Inspiration for Home Staging | HomeandEventStyling.comEven a teen bedroom can be beautiful and neutral as seen in this ultra chic space.
Source: Rue Magazine

Neutral Bedroom Inspiration for Home Staging | HomeandEventStyling.comA small pop of color can look great in a neutral bedroom, even when it’s staged for the market. This orange brings a lively touch that is still gender neutral and not too overpowering.
Source: Traditional Home

Neutral Bedroom Inspiration for Home Staging | HomeandEventStyling.comAll white is a daring but sophisticated palette for a neutral bedroom. When done right, the results can be stunning.
Source: Lonny

Neutral Bedroom Inspiration for Home Staging | HomeandEventStyling.comSubtle accents, like the textured bedspread, tufted headboard, and wood end tables help bring character to this neutral bedroom.
Source: Luxe

Neutral Bedroom Inspiration for Home Staging | HomeandEventStyling.comA soft blue is a great choice to accent a staged bedroom, since it is gender neutral and is the most relaxing color in the rainbow.
Source: Better Homes & Gardens

As you can see, a neutral bedroom can be interpreted in a variety of ways and are a great way to ignite potential buyers’ imaginations.

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Does Your Entrance Say “Welcome”?

The first impression of a home starts from the street. Everything about the home’s exterior plays a part in telling its story to a guest or potential buyer when they drive up. Even the smallest elements have an impact on the overall impression.

My first piece of advice whenever someone is thinking of sprucing up their home or putting it on the market is to go out to the street and look back on your property. Really look at it as a whole and then at each individual detail. What is it missing? What could be improved? What would you like to accentuate more?

Then, slowly walk up the driveway and to the front door, looking at everything. You’ll be amazed at what you spot when you take the time to do this.

Here are some more tips on improving your home’s entrance and making sure it says “welcome” from curb appeal to front porch.

Does Your Entrance Say "Welcome"? | #curbappeal #entryway #mailboxMAILBOX ─ Make sure the mailbox is clean, in good shape, and the numbers on the side are clear. If it has seen better days, refurbish it with a coat of paint or replace it altogether.
Source: Home Depot

Does Your Entrance Say "Welcome"? | #curbappeal #entryway #drivewayDRIVEWAY ─ Fill in any cracks in the driveway and pressure-wash off the stains it has accumulated over time.
Source: Better Homes & Gardens

Does Your Entrance Say "Welcome"? | #curbappeal #entryway #landscapingLAWN ─ If your grass is patchy or brown, bring it back to life with fertilizer or re-sod if necessary.
Source: Better Homes & Gardens

Does Your Entrance Say "Welcome"? | #curbappeal #entryway #landscapingLANDSCAPING ─ Clean out any weeds and dead plants and trim the bushes. If anything is hanging too far into the path or blocking any windows, consider removing them altogether. Also trim off any dead branches on palm trees.
Source: Better Homes & Gardens

Does Your Entrance Say "Welcome"? | #curbappeal #entrywayPATHWAY ─ Like the driveway, patch up any cracks and pressure-wash it. If you don’t already have lights following the path, consider installing some. You can get solar ones very inexpensively and they look great at night.
Source: Better Homes & Gardens

Does Your Entrance Say "Welcome"? | #curbappeal #entrywayHOUSE NUMBERS ─ Your house numbers should be very visible from the street and in good shape. Consider polishing, repainting, or replacing them altogether if they’ve seen better days or are simply outdated.
Source: Country Living

Does Your Entrance Say "Welcome"? | #curbappeal #entrywayPORCH ─ Look for any needed repairs on the porch, such as in the flooring, pillars, roof, or facade. Clean out cob webs and bug residue. This is another area that may need pressure-washing to be spruced up.
Source: Better Homes & Gardens

Does Your Entrance Say "Welcome"? | #curbappeal #entrywayFRONT DOOR ─ Check to see if there is any weather damage or wear and tear on the door(s). Could it do with a new coat of paint? Maybe a new knob? Perhaps the trim just needs some refreshing.
Source: Better Home & Gardens

Does Your Entrance Say "Welcome"? | #curbappeal #entrywayLIGHTING ─ Exterior lights can get worn out from dirt, bugs, and weather. If your house is older, it may be an outdated fixture, too. Consider cleaning it up or replacing it with something new.
Source: Real Simple

Does Your Entrance Say "Welcome"? | #curbappeal #entrywayDECOR ─ I recommend keeping things simple in terms of decor, such as a welcome mat, a potted plant or two, and a few pieces of furniture if you have a porch. These elements can make it feel a lot more inviting without crowding the space.
Source: Better Homes & Gardens

Looking at your home from a guest or buyer’s standpoint can reveal a lot of things you may have overlooked. Even the smallest elements can make a big difference.

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Curb Appeal Tips Round-Up

Round-up of must-see tips for improving your curb appeal |

The first impression anyone will ever have of your home is its curb appeal. How your home looks driving up and approaching the front door will set the standard for how they expect it to look inside. I always recommend walking to the curb and then taking a good look at the outside of your home to get a better idea of what other people are seeing when they arrive.

There are many ways you can improve the curb appeal of your home. In these six posts, I outline several curb appeal tips for increasing the value and creating a better first impression, whether you are living there long-term or planning to sell.

5 Best Curb Appeal Tips5 Best Curb Appeal Tips
As a buyer waits at the front door, they will have time to admire everything in the entryway: the door, the house numbers, the front steps, the light fixtures, the garden. The quality of these features reflects the owner and what to expect inside the house. Curb appeal can be key to a successful sale. With that in mind, here are some of the best tips for maximizing curb appeal.

frontentryway04Fresh Ideas for Your Front Entryway
Your front entryway is one of the most important areas of a home because it provides the first impression guests will see. This simple space sets the tone for your entire home. As a big part of your curb appeal, you want to make sure reflects the image you want to put forth and sends a warm welcome to your guests. To inspire you, here are 10 fresh ideas for your front entryway.

housenumbers06Making the Most of Your House Numbers
Eye-catching house numbers are a quick and easy way to spruce up your curb appeal. If you are staging a home for sale, updating your house numbers can be a simple way to jazz up your curb appeal, especially if they have been worn or damaged by the elements over time. Here are 10 ideas for adding some style to your house numbers.

mailbox1Stylish Mailboxes That Will Improve Curb Appeal
The mailbox is an important feature in your front yard that can make a difference in your curb appeal. If it looks dingy or worn out, guests or buyers will notice. A stylish, clean mailbox will say something about the home and the way its taken care of, so it’s smart not to overlook this feature. Here are some ideas for a variety of mailboxes, from DIY renovations to seasonal decor.

How to Make Your Home Look Expensive with Uplighting | HomeandEventStyling.comHow to Make Your Home Look More Expensive with Uplighting
One of my favorite tricks to expensive-looking curb appeal is uplighting. Uplighting creates a stunning effect that adds drama and ambiance, and generally give the property a more luxurious appeal. Take a look how to take advantage of this trick to make your home instantly look more expensive.

shutters03Spice Up Your Curb Appeal with Colorful Shutters
Shutters are a great architectural detail that go a long way in accenting a home’s exterior. Choosing the right color for them can make your home stand out from the rest and give it that distinct personality you may be looking for. These ten homes went outside the box and chose colorful shutters that gave the home life. It’s hard not to be inspired.

I hope these tips help you make the most of your curb appeal. You can learn more about improving your curb appeal in my book, Stageology: How to Stage to Sell.

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Staging Tips Round-Up: Part II

Staging Tips Round-Up: Part II | #realestate #moving #staging

It’s time for part two of my staging tips round-up! (Click here to read Part I.) Today, you’ll see five posts that address specific areas around your home, from the crucial first impression of the entryway to sealing the deal with your outdoor living.

These tips will all help you make the most of the various areas of your home that need to “wow” buyers. With some simple tricks, you can make your home stand out and help buyers fall in love with it. More often than not, staging a home helps it seller faster and for more money. I’ve personally see it happen time and time again.

If you want more staging tips, be sure to subscribe to my newsletter. You can also pick up a copy of my book Stageology: How to Stage to Sell for a crash course in home staging.

entryway01Staging an Entryway for a Great First Impression
When staging a home for sale, one of the most overlooked spots is often the entryway. It is the first spot any potential buyers will see when they walk into the home, so it is crucial that it make a strong, positive first impression. Here are some key components that will set a positive tone for the rest of the tour.

pantry10A Prettier Pantry: Tips for Staging a Pantry
The kitchen is one of the hottest areas in the house and its storage is a key component to how well a buyer will like it. The pantry always draws attention. Buyers will open the door and inspect inside, so it is important that the pantry is neat and organized and appears to have as much space as possible.

stagingamasterbedroom029 Tips for Staging a Master Bedroom
Most buyers are are looking for the master bedroom to be a retreat. You can help your buyers capture an emotional connection with the master bedroom by employing some smart staging tips to get their imaginations rolling. The space should be clean, uncluttered, and have a relaxing energy to it. Here are 9 tips for staging a master bedroom that will help buyers fall in love.

balconystaging110 Tips for Staging a Balcony
A balcony can be a great draw to a home on the market and give it that edge over the competition, so it is important to stage it well so buyers can see the potential in the space. Even the smallest balcony can be considered an asset, it is all in how you decorate and represent it. It doesn’t take a lot to spruce up a balcony and make it the inviting space that will delight buyers.

poolsidedecorating01Pool Area Decorating and Staging Tips
For buyers, a pool becomes an enticing luxury while house shopping in the summer. But never assume that just having the pool there is enough to sell it. Some buyers might need that extra nudge, since pools do require a bit of maintenance. One way you can do that is by staging the area with some smart decor. If you can sell the lifestyle, you are one step closer to selling the home.

Want more staging tips? Leave me a comment! I’d love to hear from you.

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