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11 home entrance ideas perfect for small budgets

Johannes van Graan Johannes van Graan
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We all know the importance of styling up our houses’ front entrances, and not just for aesthetic beauty. Kerb appeal also comes into play, influencing the look and feel of our streets and neighbourhoods. And let’s not get into how it can alter a home’s resale value…

But of course nothing in life is free, which is why we sought out clever tricks to enhance a house’s front entrance without breaking the bank – and we found some (11, to be exact).

Check them out below…

1. Style up your door

An outdated door won’t make anybody feel welcome – easily refinish it by choosing a stain or paint colour to enhance your front entrance.

2. A pretty path

Why settle for plain grass? Create a stylish little walkway that leads to your door/porch with some pebbles, stepping stones, slabs of wood etc. And you don’t even have to use actual stones (which can get expensive). Simply purchase stone forms and fill them with concrete to look like real rock.

3. Keep it clear

Keep that entryway clear by cutting back overgrown plantings that block views of your front door or spill out onto the walkway.

4. Start painting

Nothing beats a good paint job, and you don’t have to pay someone to do it. Once you pick your façade’s colour, clear out a weekend and just paint over that old paint, giving your house a fresh new look.

5. Welcome them

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Upper Park, Loughton


The easiest and quickest way? Lay down a stylish new doormat.

6. Have a seat

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Or pack a few chairs on your front porch to make that front area seem more warm and welcoming.

7. Keep it short

House Zwavelpoort AH Country style house by Metako Projex Country
Metako Projex

House Zwavelpoort AH

Metako Projex

Mow your front lawn to keep your house’s curb appeal high and your yard looking neat.

8. Add some freshness

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LA Hally Architect

House in Chandlers Ford II

LA Hally Architect

Place a few potted plants near your entryway – yes, it can be that easy!

9. Light it up

Good lighting is a must for convenience and safety. Use low-voltage lights to illuminate your front entrance pathways and opt for motion-sensing lights near the front door – they’re not that expensive if you shop around.

10. Fixtures and fittings

Replacing the hardware around your front entrance (door hinges, porch lighting, home address plate, etc.) can also significantly change how your home looks on the outside.

11. Wash it clean

If you really don’t want to spend a lot of time and money, simply pressure-wash your façade. It will remove all that old dirt and grime you didn’t even know had built up and make your home look fabulously fresh. 

In the spirit of styling up exterior spaces, have a look at Landscaping: How to create your own English-style garden.

What other tips can you think of that’ll style up your home’s front entrance?
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