Have you always dreamt of being the envy of your neighbours? That your home is featured in magazines like Vogue, Architectural Digest, House and Garden, or perhaps, quickly snapshotted and then uploaded onto an aesthetic, design-focused Instagram account? If this sounds like you, then why not update and transform the exterior of your home?
It is no secret that the British rainy weather can wreak havoc on our lives, and it can certainly turn what was once a stunning new build into a dilapidated and tired shell. Through a few seasons of damp weather, honey-hued period stone can quickly become mottled with damp, or wooden features can turn as grey as the wet weather. What’s more, although the world is your oyster when it comes to home renovations – sprucing up your home with the latest trends can take away some of the originality and personality that you want your home to possess. With this in mind, we have collated together creative and unique ideas to preen and prettify your home’s exterior, and thus boost it’s kerb appeal.
Design legend Hubert De Givenchy proclaimed that there is ‘a tenderness about a garden, and you can’t help but be sensitive to that’. This tenderness could be our human need to be affiliated with nature, or perhaps an aesthetic appreciation of towering trees, neatly pruned rose bushes or endless fields of wildflowers. Either way, the front garden, as well as your back garden needs special attention if you want to enhance the exterior of your home.
But how can you make your front garden stand out from the rest? Below are a few unusual front garden design ideas to pique your inspiration.
The perfect complement to a streamlined contemporary property, a Japanese zen garden relies on establishing an idyllic harmony between natures elements of earth and water, as well as adding philosophical concepts like space and aesthetic principles. Not only will this type of garden stand you apart from your neighbours, but it will instantly be an antidote after a long day of work.
Transport yourself to Tuscany with a regal garden that wouldn’t look out of place amongst rolling vineyards and the sun-drenched landscape of rural Italy. Gardens were used by the wealthy and elite Italian noble families as exertions of their power. And if you want your home to be the most stylish abode on the street – then perhaps take note from those before you. Place olive trees and poplars along cream gravel paths, or add bushes of lavender, fountains, stone sculptures and rectangular shaped pools. But remember, to place emphasis on symmetry and harmony when designing your garden as this is is integral to Italian garden design.
If you want your home to become quintessentially romantic, why not add climbing wallflowers around your home? An idyllic image, flowers against the façade of period homes and quaint stone cottages will certainly turn passersby heads, and will make your home Pinterest perfect. Choose from the delicate lilac hues of wisteria, or the blissful blush tones of pale pink roses.
Whether you have a red brick home in Nottingham or a cream-coloured Cotswold stone home in Cirencester, don’t be afraid to embrace a contrasting colour, hue or tone when decorating the exterior of your property. For example, paint the colour of your door a summery yellow, cheerful pink or muted green. Or, if you have wooden fences, why not touch them up with a fresh lick of paint too? It is all about creating a balance of cohesion and contrast, so your home can be a cut above the rest.
Mined, quarried and forged for thousands of years, stone is a timeless material for both interior and exterior features. This is why, if you want your home to be classically beautiful, why not speak with a stone mason to see what stone features you can add to the exterior of your home? Notably, stone is easy to clean, weather-resistant and durable, meaning that it can look perfectly pristine through all seasons. Below, are a variety of different stone features you could invest in to update your home’s kerb appeal.
Though we can spend hours deciding whether you want bay windows, stain glass features or sash windows, have you given much thought to the window surrounds? Stone window sills and window surrounds are a regal architectural feature that will certainly elevate the exterior of your home. What’s more, they wonderfully complement both new builds and older builds, adding a touch of classicism wherever they are placed.
Forget numbering your home, why not give it a name? House names are a great way to give your home individual character and also add to its allure. For instance, nothing is as attractive as staying in a quaint holiday cottage called ‘rosehip’ or ‘butterfly cottage’; a house name helps solidify its status and thus makes it stand out.
If you do decide to add or alter your home’s name – why not get a stone sign to commemorate it? Whether mounted on a wall or nestled amongst bushes, it is a charming addition to your home and also can help the postman find your property!
First impressions certainly count, so if you have guests coming over for a dinner party, or you are hosting Christmas celebrations, make sure to leave your guests mouths agape in awe with a stone canopy or portico.
Framed by stone pillars, this is an artistic way to maximise the entrance of your home. What’s more, it will be perfectly accompanied with a smart, freshly painted door.
New tiles can always add splashes of colour and elegance to bathrooms and kitchens – but what about for the front exterior of your home? Create a tiled walkway up to the door with a beautiful mosaic, perfectly placed in patterns and designs of your choosing. Whether you fancy geometric shapes, or a Meditteranean terrazzo style, there a range of sophisticated designs at your fingertips.
Certainly unusual, it will make your home entrance stand out from the rest.
For those who like their home to consistently be a reflection of their personality – why not look into commissioning or purchasing a piece of exterior wall art to be installed on the outside of their home? Whether you would like a graffiti mural, a popular feature for homes in urban landscapes like Bristol, a ceramic mosaic, an abstract metal piece, or a sculpture added to the side of the home. This is a great way to make your home feel individual to you and also keep in touch with a local art scene.
Whether you are looking to the past for your home renovations, or you want to update your home with smart contemporary features, here at Wrights of Campden – our team can help. Constructing a variety of pieces for gardens and home’s exterior across Gloucestershire, we can transform both a traditional Cotswold cottage or palatial residence.
Whether you are looking for stone furniture, fountains, balustrades, piers or a smart stone entranceway, our expert craftsmen can create a bespoke piece for you, or you can select from our uniform range of products. We pride ourselves on continuing the ancient craft of stonemasonry, proving that some trends and materials really are timeless.
We select the best stone in the region, so you can be assured that no matter what you order, it will be constructed from the finest materials. All of our products are also carved by hand, so you can expect faultless results each time. To find out more about our products and to see past projects, simply contact us today.