No matter how protective you are of your personal “alone” time, socializing is necessary for a happy and fulfilled lifestyle. Obviously, you can always go out to meet your friends and family members, but one of the great ways to meet new people among your neighbors is to create an inviting and pleasant ambiance for your front yard. After all, if your home exterior and front yard look all gloomy and worn, you can’t expect people to find you as a homeowner, particularly sociable and inviting either. Luckily, some easy tricks can effectively transform the look of your front yard and make it a lot more social than it currently may be.
Your front porch might not be the most spacious area for your patio space, but that doesn’t mean you can’t introduce cute and comfortable patio furniture pieces to create a more inviting atmosphere right from the very entrance of your home. After all, even just a couple of chairs (especially rocking chairs) and a coffee table are more than enough to make the front porch more social and attractive. If you already have a covered front porch, you can go all out with your choice of furniture. But don’t hesitate to install adequate cover such as shade sails or even a retractable awning if necessary and possible. Make things even cozier with seating cushions and table cloths.
One of the most interesting tricks when it comes to making your front yard more sociable is to use the concept of a focal point, which could end up serving as an effective conversation starter. This particular focal point should be something that you truly like, be it a statue, a piece of artwork, a grand plant and flower arrangement, and so on. Essentially, putting up something like this right in front of your home at the porch is likely to interest your neighbors and prompt them into asking more questions about it, thus creating the ideal opportunity for you to socialize more and get to know other people, too.
People generally refrain from using decorative elements outside their home, but there’s really no reason why you couldn’t do that, especially if your porch is covered and/or you opt for details made of durable materials. That said, artwork and figurines can all find their place on your porch. What’s more, don’t hesitate to make the most out of the decorative plants and flowers. Of course, you can plant your favorites in your front yard, along the fence or driveway or next to the porch stairs, but you can also put up pots, planters, and vases on the porch. Even faux plants can make a difference if you’re not that keen on having dirt close to your front doors. Furthermore, you can create a really nice ambiance with wooden cladding or decking, which is a rather cozy and beautiful choice.
There are many functional trends nowadays when outdoor lighting is concerned as long as you opt for LEDs. One of the most popular options is motion sensor lighting, which prevents energy waste, lights up conveniently when necessary (which is especially beneficial for improved socialization in front of your home), and even acts as a smart line of defense against burglary. However, you can also adjust the lighting fixtures to the overall style of your home. In that respect, you can also opt for interesting sconces and wall lamps, or maybe even other more unique light covers that match your style. Furthermore, if you have a driveway or a path that leads to the front of your home through your front yard, don’t hesitate to light up the path properly with adequate floor lights along the said pathway.
Greenery is very important when it comes to your home’s curb appeal, and even more so when you’re trying to make your front yard more social. In that respect, you can’t have overgrown grass, decaying plants, and weeds spoiling the look and vibe of your home. What’s more, if the area between the street and your front porch is actually rather spacious, you want to utilize this as much as possible. For starters, you should mow the lawn and maybe even invest in artificial turf if necessary. Thanks to low-maintenance plants and shrubs, your front yard can look beautiful throughout the year without too much effort on your part. Finally, you can add a personal touch to this makeover with a new house number and mailbox.
Your home should be your pride and joy, and the best way to get more people interested in you as the owner of that home is to keep it nice, tidy, and visually appealing. Of course, never settle for anything less than what you really like so that you yourself can be satisfied with your personal environment, too.
by Kevin Jefferson
Kevin has gone through an extensive home renovation with his son, which he has both thoroughly enjoyed and dreaded every morning. He is now the proud owner of half his dream house (the other half has been waiting for spring). You can read more of Kevin’s work on PlainHelp.
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