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Simple Front Yard Landscaping and Curb Appeal Ideas

If you’re looking for simple front yard landscaping ideas and ways to improve your home’s curb appeal, you’re in luck. I’ve rounded up some of the best easy ways to do just that!

There are so many reasons why you would want to improve the curb appeal of your home. Not only will you fall in love with your home all over again every time you get home, but curb appeal is very important if you are thinking about selling your home.  In fact, 99% of Realtors will tell you that curb appeal is very important when attracting a buyer, according to this study.

Now that the weather is warming up, it’s a great time to get outside and do some simple front yard landscaping to improve your curb appeal. There are so many ways you can do this. I’ve rounded up some of the best ways to improve your curb appeal on a budget!

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Are you ready to see these simple front yard landscaping and curb appeal ideas?

Photo collage with modern address sign, tree with round planter at base and triangle pallet planters with text overlay that says simple front yard landscaping and curb appeal ideas. If you want to improve your curb appeal with simple front yard landscaping, follow these tips and ideas for inspiration.

1. Paint your home’s exterior.

Before and after photos showing a ranch style home before and after painting the exterior. The top photo shows a home with a tan exterior; the middle photo shows a home with a charcoal gray exterior, and the bottom photo shows an attached garage with a white garage door and charcoal gray exterior paint.

The most extensive update you can make to improve your curb appeal is to paint your exterior. If you’ve been around here awhile, you know that we saved tons of money by painting our exterior ourselves

Although it’s not the most budget-friendly update you can make, it makes a world of difference! Getting rid of ugly chipped or faded paint will definitely add to your curb appeal.  (FYI this is the main color of the exterior if you’re wondering).

Painting our garage door made a huge difference as well!

2. Paint your front door.

A side-by-side before and after photo showing a painted front door. The photo on the left shows a grungy, tan front door. The photo on the right shows a newly painted front door with lint green paint and white door frame.

If you’re not going to paint the entire exterior of your home, you can still make a dramatic transformation by painting your front door.

I talked all about choosing front door paint colors here and then showed you how to paint a door. (FYI this is the color of our front door if you’re wondering).

4. Add gable decorations.

First impressions are everything. If you’re looking for a simple way to add curb appeal to your home, gable decorations are the way to go.

First impressions are everything. If you’re looking for a simple way to add curb appeal to your home, gable decorations are the way to go. Our tutorial details the step-by-step tutorial for how to install gable decorations like this decorative louver.

5. Give your porch posts a makeover.

Looking to add curb appeal to your house? Give your skinny porch posts a makeover!

Looking to add curb appeal to your house? Give your skinny porch posts a makeover! This tutorial will show you how to beef up your boring porch posts and add column covers for some major curb appeal!

6. Make your DIY planter boxes.

Want to add some life to your front porch? Download these easy DIY planter box plans and learn how to build these modern farmhouse planters. 

Want to add some life to your front porch? Download these easy DIY planter box plans and learn how to build these modern farmhouse planters. 

7. Wash your home’s exterior.

Image of a man with a power wash sprayer washing the exterior siding of a home.

Even if your home doesn’t need a new paint job, simply getting it washed off will certainly improve your curb appeal. Emily from Small Stuff Counts shares how to clean the outside of a house without a pressure washer in this post.

8. Define your flower beds.

A tall tree stands in a green back yard. A small border garden is built using painted concrete stones with marigold flowers planted at the base of a tree. A creative border garden or outlined flower bed is a simple landscaping tip to improve curb appeal.

Making clear borders to your flower beds is a great way to improve your simple front yard landscaping.

I love how Amanda from Love & Renovations added this flower bed under a tree and gave it a clear (and colorful) boundary with the concrete borders.

 

9. Build a retaining wall for your flower beds.

A DIY stone retaining wall built around a flower bed in the front yard of a house. Building a retaining wall is a simple front yard landscaping tip to improve the curb appeal of your home.

Speaking of sprucing up flower beds, how about a retaining wall?! Amanda from A Crafted Passion added a ton of curb appeal to their front yard by adding a DIY retaining wall to the flower bed in front of their porch (and for less than $200).

Instead of a flat and boring flower bed with no dimension, they created interest in the front elevation of their home by leveling out the flower bed and adding the wall. I love how it turned out! Amanda also reports that after three years the wall is holding strong!

 

10. Add dark mulch to your flower beds.

Before and after photo showing a front yard flower bed before and after adding dark mulch. The top photo shows a dry, dead-looking flower bed. The bottom photo shows a healthy flower bed with dark mulch. This simple front yard landscaping tip is an easy way to boost curb appeal.

Another easy way to improve your front yard landscaping is to simply add dark mulch to your flower beds. We call this our dark mulch miracle! I was shocked at the transformation.

The flowers really seemed to “pop” a lot more with the darker mulch and it looked more modern. (FYI this is the mulch we used if you’re wondering).

11. Trim your front yard trees.

This photo shows tree trimmings on the ground in the front yard of a 2-story home. Trimming the trees in your front yard is a simple front yard landscaping tip to keep your front yard looking clean and boosting your home's curb appeal.

Keeping the trees in your front yard is not only great for your curb appeal but essential for safety. Dead branches can become dangerous hazards that can fall your house (or you) when a storm comes.

If you’re going to be trimming trees yourself, you definitely want to read this post from Sarah at Ugly Duckling House about how to trim and prune trees.

12. Remove overgrown landscaping and start fresh.

This photo shows a white single-story home with overgrown front yard landscaping and shrubbery covering a majority of the front of the home. Keeping landscaping maintained in your front yard helps boost curb appeal.

Ann Marie from White House Black Shutters gives us a great example of what can happen if you neglect shrubs in your front yard for too long. Sometimes in these cases, it’s best to remove all the overgrown landscaping and start fresh.

You’ve gotta check out her dramatic transformation when they decided to give their front yard landscaping the lumberjack treatment AKA get rid of it all!

13. Make a cute address sign.

A cute, decorative address sign is a great way to boost curb appeal on your home. This address sign is made with stained natural wood, a black wood border, and black metal numbers raised slightly off the wood background for added depth.

Once you get all your overgrown landscaping out of the way, it’s time to start adding some serious curb appeal to your home with fun DIY projects like this modern house number sign from Amanda at A Crafted Passion.

Love the texture that the wood shims create on this, just like this DIY wood shim wall art that we created!

14. Decorate your front porch.

This front porch is simply decorated to add charming curb appeal. Black metal rocking hairs are decorated with colorful patterned lumbar throw pillows; a matching black and grey rug covers the blue-painted wood porch. The black metal patio furniture compliments the black shutters on the brick-front home.

Giving your front porch a little decor makeover is a great way to improve your curb appeal and you can definitely do that on a budget!

Just check out this adorable porch makeover from 3 Little Greenwoods.

15. Makeover an old mailbox for garden tool storage.

This old mailbox has been repainted a light sky blue with pastel florals, and holds gardening tools and equipment like gardening gloves. A refurbished mailbox is a simple yard landscaping tip that adds fun decor to your yard.

Pick up an old mailbox and give it a little makeover to make it pretty and VOILA…it instantly becomes a great place to store your tools in your garden.

For this DIY, I used floral napkins on the top applied with Mod Podge, and lined the inside with colorful fabric. Click here to read the old mailbox turned garden tool storage tutorial.

Related – Check out these other painted mailbox makeovers for more ideas!

16. Paint an old welcome mat.

A welcome mat painted bright teal sits on a front door stoop. Making over a worn out, old welcome mat is a great way to spruce up your front yard and add curb appeal to your home.

Grab an old worn-out welcome mat and give it new life with paint. I love this colorful makeover that Emily did to this welcome mat.

17. Make your own wooden door mat.

This wooden door mat - slats of wood connected with rope and painted with a colorful geometric pattern - is a fun and modern way to spruce up your front porch, adding flair to the front of your home.

Speaking of doormats, I’m loving the beachy feel of this wooden door mat from the DIY Huntress. The tutorial is super simple for how to make the wooden door mat part and then you can paint it to customize for your own color scheme!

18. Make a DIY modern door mat.

Another easy way to improve curb appeal is to create a fun, modern DIY doormat. This plain doormat was painted with black and gray paint; stenciled on each corner are the words

Another great idea for an easy doormat is this modern painted doormat. Amanda from A Crafted Passion vinyl and spray paint to give this doormat a fun and quirky update. I love the character it adds to the front door!

Related – Check out our tips for spray painting here!

19. Add shutters to your windows.

Adding shutters to front-facing windows is a simple way to improve the look of your home. This home features two black farmhouse style shutters on either side of a white framed sliding window.

Adding shutters to the windows of your home makes a huge difference in your curb appeal! You can even make your own shutters, like these DIY board and batten shutters from Kenarry. I love the rustic charm they add.

20. Add a paver pathway.

Adding a paved walkway is a simple front yard landscaping tip that improves the look of the exterior of your home. This neutral toned cobblestone walkway leads from a driveway to a fence on the side of the home.

Paver pathways can make a huge difference to the front of your home. Although they are fairly labor-intensive, the hard work really does pay off with the dramatic transformation. I love the rustic look of this one by The DIY Village.

21. Install low voltage landscape lights.

Landscape lights are is a simple way to improve your front or backyard landscaping. This walkway is lit with solar-powered lanterns installed on either side of a paved walkway.

Landscape lights can really add a lot of curb appeal to your home and they provide some light for walking on a pathway in the dark. They also light up your pretty plants, which makes them a great simple front yard landscaping idea.

This is a great tutorial from Pretty Handy Girl that walks you through all of the electrical aspects of installing these low voltage landscape lights.

22. Upcycle a chandelier into a solar light.

This upcycled chandelier is the perfect outdoor lighting fixture for a patio or walkway. The chandelier is painted a soft cream color; the lights are replaced with solar-powered outdoor lanterns.

This is a great way to add some lights to your outdoors without having to mess with electrical. Just grab an old chandelier at a thrift store or yard sale and turn it into a solar light chandelier.

23. Patch any broken or cracked concrete steps.

This picture shows a broken, crumbling concrete front step that needs repair. Repairing front porch steps is a simple front yard landscaping tip to improve curb appeal of your home.

There’s not much that looks worse in a front entry than concrete steps that crumble beneath you. You may think that concrete work is too big of a project for a DIY, but Emily does a great job of explaining how to patch concrete steps so you can tackle this yourself.

24. Add some pallet wood planters to your porch.

Adding DIY planters to your porch or front yard is a simple front yard landscaping tip that will improve the look of your home. They DIY triangle planter boxes are made with simple, unfinished wood boards and look great on a front porch.

You guys know how much I love pallets…and these triangle pallet planters are just perfect! They will add so much character to your simple front yard landscaping.


Whether you’re just wanting to make your house a home you love a little more or you’re thinking about selling your home soon, there’s always a good reason to give your exterior a little love… specifically your curb appeal in your front yard.

By implementing some of these simple front yard landscaping and curb appeal ideas you can get a great return on your investment while you add tons of value to your home!

Photo collage of DIY projects and easy ways to improve curb appeal of your home, with simple front yard landscaping ideas, DIY outdoor decor, and more.

Which of these simple front yard landscaping and curb appeal ideas were your fave?

Let me know in the comments below!!

4 thoughts on “Simple Front Yard Landscaping and Curb Appeal Ideas

  1. Little details that were mostly overlooked are the flowers under the tree and the signs. I love how you portray them here and emphasize their looks.

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