Driveway décor? 7 ways to boost your kerb appeal
Making these changes to your driveway can help you make the ultimate first impression
Focus all your attention on your interior design and you could be neglecting the exterior of your home – something that not only serves to impress your guests with a great first impression but can also help to give you that warm, fuzzy feeling when you arrive home each day. But where do you start?
Well, driveway décor is officially a thing and, in all honesty, it’s pretty amazing.
We tend to think of the driveway as a purely practical space — somewhere for parking your car and little else. However, aesthetically your driveway is an important factor when it comes to making the right first impression. Some well-thought-out driveway décor can completely change the way your home’s exterior looks and feels.
So without further ado, here are some of the most inspiring ways to turn your driveway into a work of art.
Fall for traditional charm
Think ivy, columns and iron gates. A block paved driveway paired with these classically elegant features creates a sense of luxury which harks back to the days of 1920s Hollywood. Nurturing creeping plants over your walls creates a romantic and lived-in look which feels effortless and yet, aesthetically, is extremely impressive. What’s more, block paving is a traditional driveway material which is both stain-resistant and abrasive, so no slipping.
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Country club chic is both an attractive and a practical option when it comes to decorating your driveway. Between rain and oil spills, driveways are a common trap for unseemly puddles, but permeable stone paving like that seen in the finest country clubs offers a driveable surface with stormwater drainage. You’re also likely to get attractive greenery growing between the paving.
Invest in classic stone tiles
Multi-hued stone tiles create a clean, simple effect which is at once charming and classic. Laying stone tiles might be a commitment, but the benefits are undeniable as they’re more natural looking than concrete and more manageable than gravel. Add some surrounding greenery like palms and colourful shrubs to create a quaint vibe reminiscent of summer holidays.
Embrace geometric and green
It’s not all about the materials you lay on your driveway, it’s also about how you lay them. Laying your paving in a geometric pattern can give your driveway a sleek, modern edge. You can even take it a step further by investing in grass-jointed pavers, using greenery to define the lines of your chosen pattern. Not only does this look great, but it also has the practical benefit of preventing flood damage.
Celebrate concrete with cubism
Despite all this talk of block paving and tiles, there is nothing wrong with a typical concrete driveway. In fact, embracing the material can help you create a contemporary look that celebrates the modern majesty of industrial flair. Combine your concrete driveway with accessories with sharp lines and clean edges to really make the most of this look.
Create a canopy
Giving your driveway a roof may sound outlandish, but the results are undeniably attractive. Whether you invest in a timber canopy or play the long game by planting trees, framing your driveway with attractive greenery can make driving up to your home feel like an experience reminiscent of a fairy tale. Once you’ve made the effort to put up your canopy and cover it in plant life, there isn’t much maintenance involved either.
Keep it casual
So we’ve explored some fairly elaborate driveway décor options on this list, but there is something to be said for keeping things simple. A smooth, clean driveway is always an attractive home feature, especially when you pair it with the right accessories. Hanging lanterns and leafy plants in sturdy pots provide rustic charm, while a fresh coat of paint on your front door is a great way to make an entrance.
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