Spring Clean The Exterior of Your Home| How to Brighten the Front of Your Home For Less

As we have had some warmer days and the daffodils are starting to pop thru the soil – I had an itch to brighten up my house. When we bought our house, I felt like it looked old, run down, and almost haunted due to the faded light blue/gray color of the house. I have been determined to update the front of our house inexpensively until we save to get the entire house painted. This caused a flurry of research and pictures for inspiration. Here are some great ideas on how to freshen up your home for this upcoming spring!


{ Picture by: Drew Carlisle – First day of owning our home}

Plants: This is a great way to freshen up your house. You can start with something small and simple like potted or hanging plants. Or you could do something more drastic like re-landscaping flower beds (for a more expensive fix). The pots and hanging baskets are nice because they can be changed with the seasons to keep your house looking fresh and updated. Here are some of my favorite inspirations.


{I love my litten hen planter Photo by: Lauren Cop}

I love this fresh green look for a front bed:

I love a great overflowing flower bed!

These unique porch pots provide a great enhancement:

This vintage birdcage look is lovely!

I love these ideas for front porch plants:Here are some great tips for hanging baskets:

























This is a great list of porch flowers:

Furniture: Sometimes a small piece of furniture, accent pillow, or rug could be a nice and simple change to a front porch or entry way. Pillows and rugs are simply ways to add color and can easily be changed for each season. Furniture is a more fun and permanent way to update your home. You can add chairs, tables, hammocks, ladders – the possibilities are endless. Below are some of my inspirations.


{Viv enjoying some porch sitting Picture by: Lauren Cop}

I love this décor for a small front porch:

This traditional front porch look is timeless:

If you prefer elegance, here’s a great front porch look:

Lights and Wreaths: Light fixtures and wreaths or front door signs are another simple way to keep the front of your home looking modern and in-season. Lights are relatively cheap and easy to install by yourself. It is a great way to modernize your home, too! Wreaths and front door décor are a very simple and inexpensive way to be able to update your home as well. Listed are some of my ways to update a home in this manner:

I love this floral bouquet for the front door:

How great is this unique welcome sign?

This is a great DIY wreath that you can complete for your home as well:

Here is a great list of other door décor items:

I love this door handle – another great way to refresh the front of your home:

Here is a fantastic list of porch lights that won’t break the bank:

Paint: This is always my first go-to for refreshment. It is permanent, cheery and can really modernize a home. I love all the rainbow colored doors I get to see on a regular basis. It a fantastic way to personalize a home. Recently I painted my front porch and the trim around our windows. The update was pretty drastic and cost us a fraction of what it would have cost to restain or replace these items. Here is our result and some other inspirations for you as well.


{Updated front of our house – window trim, porch, and front door Picture by: Lauren Cop}

I love this big list of colors:

Here is a great list of trend colors from 2016:

I love this list of trends for 2017:


I am so excited for the new trends for 2018!


Refreshing my home has caused to me have a newfound love and appreciation for my house. You should always feel love and warmth when you arrive home. If you don’t, than its time to make some adjustments. I used to feel like my house looked haunted – now I feel like it has a fresh new look and I am excited to come home and look at it. Please share with us how you have updated the front of your home. We would love to see our readers’ improvements as well!

Lauren Cop is a part-time SAHM (Stay At Home Mom) of Irish Twins and Senior writer/editor ciao_laurencop_sig-01of the Olive Shoe Blog. Currently Lauren and her family live in Tallahassee, FL where she teaches at a local pre-school. A Clemson fanatic, alumni and general sports enthusiast. She loves reading, gardening, food, and traveling. Follow her TwitterInstagram, and Pinterest.

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  1. Lauren I love your house! We have just purchased a home in Easley and I am so excited to put our mark on this 88.year old gem. You have inspired my Spring break!


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