6 Ways to Up Your Cottage’s Curb Appeal

It's not easy to master, but we’ve got you covered.

Text by Bethany Adams

First impressions really do count—especially when it comes to your home! Crafting an exterior that accurately reflects your home’s personality is an undertaking, but we’ve got you covered. From refreshing your front porch to growing your own outdoor oasis, here are a few of our favorite tips for helping your cottage put its best foot forward.

1The Perfect Porch

red front porch swing
Image by Nicole Du Bois

Everyone knows the importance of the front porch when it comes to making a home welcoming. A sweet set of wicker furniture can provide a cozy spot for catching up with neighbors and friends, and a porch swing is ideal for enjoying the afternoon breeze. No matter how you choose to furnish your porch, colorful outdoor pillows like this homeowner’s are a must.

2An Open Invitation

white exterior with light wood beams and blue front door
Image by Kristin Vanzant, design by Lauren Elder

Your home’s front door should offer a cheerful “hello” to all who enter. A bold coat of paint and a simple wreath can be the difference between a simple entrance and an unforgettable introduction to your home’s interior.

3Beautiful Borders

garden gate
Image by Jim Bathie

There’s a reason it’s so iconic. A simple way to add instant charm, the white picket fence is only made more enchanting with the addition of climbing ivy or a birdhouse. Extend an invitation to passersby with an arching entrance or swinging gate.

4Shuttered Style

cedar shingles and blue shutters
Image by Gordon Beall, landscape design by Fritz & Gignox

It may be easy to overlook them, but window shutters can be a beautiful opportunity for adding color and charm to your home’s exterior. This couple chose a robin-egg blue to contrast with the shingles of their Arts and Crafts cottage.

5Floral Fun

flower fence
Image by John O’Hagan

Nothing adds cheerful spirit to your yard more than a carefully tended rose garden or window boxes overflowing with wildflowers. A bed of your favorite blooms will not only brighten your day, it will add a smile to the face of everyone who passes by.

6Planter Perfection

Image by William Dickey
Image by William Dickey

No time to tend a garden? Consider placing a few planters by the door or along the front steps. Fill them with easy-to-maintain greenery to transform your yard into an urban oasis.