Buying a home in Palm Springs, CA has a wealth of advantages, just one of which is owning property in California's most stylish desert locale. But maintaining curb appeal in the desert takes a different set of skills than it would elsewhere. We all know how important curb appeal is, whether you're selling your home, planning to sell it in the future, or simply maintaining it for the sake of beauty and quality. Many Palm Springs homes feature beautiful gardens and al fresco spaces, so in order to keep up with your neighbors you'll have to put in the time and effort to maintain high-quality and aesthetically pleasing landscaping. But don't panic. Doing so is not a momentous effort that will drain all your time, energy, or money. Even keeping a simple but well-thought-out curbside garden will be enough to enhance your property in a striking way. Here are a few ways you can add curb appeal to your Palm Springs home:
Paint The Door
Everyone knows that a fresh paint job to your home's exterior can do wonders, but doing so is not always possible due to time or other constraints. If you want to add a dash of new color to the home but don't want to spend the time or money to vamp up your home's whole facade, try just painting the door! Regardless of whether you live in Palm Springs or another Coachella Valley community such as nearby Cathederal City or Palm Desert, or even hanging up the hue of the door or installing a new door entirely can create a striking contrast, help frame a entryway garden, or simply add an accent piece that complements the rest of the home.
Add Outdoor Lighting
There are many ways you can use lighting to enhance the exterior of your home. Coach lights are classic, but pathway lighting can also cast a lovely glow on your garden and make it look just as lush at night. Some garden and walkway lights can be used to create beautiful designs on wood or stone walkways. Unique designer lights can be used in gardens as well. Overhanging lights can also add a nice touch around the sides of homes and above certain types of walkways.
Consider Dry Features For The Garden
Vegetation is all fine and dandy, but when you live in the desert you have to get creative. There are many features that you can use to create a beautiful outdoor spaces without using more water. Wood, slate, gravel, or stone features can sculpt the landscape, as can decorative screens. Artwork or sculpture can also create a gorgeous, unique effect that will set your home apart and keep things energy-efficient and eco-friendly.
Add Stone Veneer
If your home is looking dated and needs an extra dash of modernity, adding stone veneer is a cost-effective design feature that could increase your home's overall appeal. Stone veneer in the right places can change the entire look of the home without extensive effort and creates a beautiful look that is in tune with nature and never tacky. Studies have also shown that it can add plenty of resale value to a home and it can make a typical Palm Springs mid-century modern home stand out from the rest.
Brighten Things Up
Simply pruning the things that are making your home's exterior drab can make the whole home look fresher and more up-to-date. Replace any hardware such as front door handles that have become tarnished or outdated. Replace any cracked windows or reseal windows. You can also give your patio and driveway a power wash — or power wash the exterior siding if it's looking dirty. Simply removing what's detracting from the home's potential will be a major step towards creating the exterior you're dreaming of.
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