Being a homeowner is great because you get to make your home look however you want. Whatever kind of home you’ve been dreaming of while touring open houses and talking with your realtor is now yours for the taking. It all comes down to how you decorate both inside and outside your home.
When you dream of a farmhouse home, you may picture sliding barn doors separating rooms or having rustic ladders and empty window frames as part of your interior decoration. What will complete your home’s design and make it a real farmhouse is having it look the part for guests while they walk around the inside and even when they see it as they drive down the road.
Designing the outside of your home can be more challenging than the inside, but there are still easy things you can do to give your home the whole look of a farmhouse for anyone looking at it from the street. Check out some ideas that might inspire you to take your farmhouse home to the next level with some exterior renovations.
Change Your Paint Colors
When you take a moment to think about it, you’ll realize that farm structures have colors that pop. Consider the stereotypical barn. It’s red with white trim, which makes it stand out even more when the grass is green around it. Paint colors are essential for bringing the farmhouse feel to any home.
You don’t have to stick with red and white to get a farmhouse color palette. Any paint that’s followed by a brand-new white trim will make your home have a more vibrant appearance. Think about using a deep navy or dark red for hues that will say farmhouse without making your home look like a stereotype. Darker colors will have a more modern, understated feel to them than brighter colors, which is how you can blend the farmhouse feel you want with the modern age of design.
Roadside Rustic Flowerbed
Plenty of people plant flowers around the end of their driveway or at the bottom of their mailbox, and if you also like that style, you can make any flowers look like they belong at a farmhouse. All you have to do is get the right supplies for a raised flowerbed.
Raised flowerbeds recall manicured fields and hours spent gardening — without the time or effort that either would require. Spend an hour putting your flower box together with some rustic wood and put it at the end of your drive. You can also use the same flower box to grow vegetables or herbs and make the rustic look flow anywhere in your yard.
Update Your Garage Door
Homes are typically made with similar garage doors. They all have the same plastic door look that’s supposed to appear like its real wood. Not only is it what everyone else has, but it’s also not something that looks like it belongs at a farmhouse at first glance.
Updating your garage door isn’t as hard as it might seem. First, find a company you trust, and talk with them about what your goals are. They’ll discuss the different designs so you can figure out what style of door you like. A kind that may look best at farmhouse is the carriage-style door since it has the old-fashioned wood and metal handle appearance. Talk with the brand you trust about what they can provide and if there are any deals, they offer on specific types of garage doors.
Install a Brick Driveway
You may already have a gravel or concrete driveway since most homes come with them. They’re easy for homeowners to make, and most people won’t think twice about them. To make your farmhouse feel complete, what you may need is a second look at your driveway. Sometimes however… you can fix a cracked cement walkway with gravel for an nice look that is budget friendly.
Farmhouses call back to an earlier time, when people had more of a connection with the land and animals. Your driveway can do the same if you renovate it with bricks. Brick driveways will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. At any moment, you’ll want to look out your front window to see if a horse-drawn carriage is bringing guests to your front doors!
The key to installing a brick driveway correctly is to get brick pavers and not wall brick. Wall brick has holes in it, and every piece is made the same way. If you were to use this material for your driveway, you’d find weeds growing up through it quickly. These bricks can break down sooner because of water finding its way into cracks and holes.
Brick pavers are solid and smooth, and they can be formed into any shape you’d like. For those who don’t have perfectly straight driveways, this quality means you can shape your bricks into every curve your driveway naturally has. Whether you install the bricks yourself or get a professional to do it, changing your driveway will give your farmhouse a facelift that will last for years to come.
Create Your Perfect Home
The idea of what makes a home into a farmhouse is different for everyone. Some people may want some chicken statues and rustic signs in their kitchen, while others might want a house on an actual farm. No matter what your home looks like or where it is, you can make it have the perfect farmhouse feel with just a few easy home projects.
Getting the farmhouse feel you’re looking for doesn’t have to mean hiring an expensive interior decorator. With a new garage door or rustic flower box, you could find that the farmhouse design you’ve been dreaming of is just a weekend project away from finally becoming a reality.
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