6 Curb Appeal Tips From John Gidding

The architect, designer and host of HGTV’s Curb Appeal and Curb Appeal: The Block shares easy ways to spruce up your home’s façade and landscaping.
11/18/2011 - Oakland, CA - Host John Gidding at the Wong residence after the makeover on HGTV's Curb Appeal in Oakland, CA.  --


11/18/2011 - Oakland, CA - Host John Gidding at the Wong residence after the makeover on HGTV's Curb Appeal in Oakland, CA. --

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Martin Klimek

Draw attention to the front door.

John says: “If you’ve got one bold color on your home, it should definitely be on your front door. Why not orange for a green home, or purple for a gray one? If you step out of your comfort zone, people will take notice and be drawn to the entrance of your home.” 

Use potted plants to dress up your entryway.

John says: “For a more formal approach, a consistent set of pots works great. But for a more casual look, a variety of sizes and shapes works very well.”

Add simple architectural details to enhance your façade.

John says: “Just remember to stay within the style of your home. Brackets and corbels are a great way to add character to a more traditional façade; if you have more Spanish or Mediterranean influences, consider installing a medallion or simple metal details like a flower box. All these items are inexpensive and easy to install.”

Use native plants for a low-maintenance yard.

John says: “They thrive in their natural environment and have developed defenses against freezing, drought, and have no need for chemical pesticides or fertilizers. If you want to know which plants are native to your area, go to your local nursery. They’ll show you exactly how to create a beautiful front yard that’s colorful year round and low maintenance.” 

Don’t forget the garage door.

John says: “Garage doors can take up a large expanse of your home’s façade, and if they’re in bad shape, they can really bring down the look of your home. Paint your door a darker shade of the house color, and if your door has panel details, highlight them with a darker shade that complements your house and brings depth to your façade.” 

Dress up your driveway and pathways.

John says: “Concrete driveways and pathways can seem cold and uninviting, but they don’t have to be. For existing concrete hardscapes, consider applying a stain or masonry paint. They’re available in a variety of colors to complement your home, and they’ll soften the look of the surface.”

Watch the videos below for more expert curb appeal tips from John.

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