5 Ways to Spice Up Your Entryway with Landscaping
Creating a welcoming entryway makes for a great first impression
Your entryway is the first impression of your home. It’s the initial thing visitors see when they arrive and the last thing they see on their way out the door as they wave goodbye.
Take a look at your entryway. Is it warm and welcoming? Does it reflect your personality? Front yard landscape designs provide your home with not only curb appeal, but also a look into what people can expect from you — bold and bright or clean and minimalistic or maybe classic and monochromatic. Whatever your choice, the possibilities are endless.
That’s where we come in: to inspire you with numerous ideas on how you can take your front entryway from bland to glam.
A welcoming front entryway can do so much for you. It can help you shed the stresses of the day even before you step inside the house.
On top of relieving your own worries, an inviting entrance can engage the neighborhood in a warm and friendly way, while also boosting your well-being.
Here are five ideas to inspire you as you plan on enhancing and upgrading your entryway.
1. Perfect the path
An entryway is more than just your front door and whatever is to the left and to the right of it.
In fact, the walkway to your front door can do quite a bit to direct people toward your home, guiding them to their destination with the proper focal points.
A pathway also gives your visitors a peek at your style. It enhances the whole entryway experience. Maybe you want to showcase a lush English garden feel or a formal, modern mix of textured plants with various bloom times throughout the seasons to keep things interesting. The choices are endless.
Another way to enhance your front walkway is to alter the walkway itself. Use decorative pavers that coordinate with your home design and place them in a creative pattern that draws the eye to the front door.
2. Light it up
When you drive down a residential street in Great Falls, Virginia, your eye is likely drawn to the home with professional outdoor lighting that highlights the structure itself as well as the landscape.
An entryway makes an impact not only by day, but with professionally installed and properly and artfully placed landscape lighting, it can also shine at night. You can draw attention to all of the features of your home you love most — from gables to symmetrical pillars to stone facades.
Not only can landscape lighting create dramatic curb appeal by accentuating your home’s architecture and landscaping, but it also enhances the safety and security of you and your guests. A well-lit entryway is far less likely to be a target for criminal activity.
3. Amp up your containers
Planters add elevation and character to your entryway landscape. There are so many options from ornate and antique-looking urns to modern and sleek slender cylinders.
Place containers on either side of your front steps to anchor an entryway staircase or in bundles of various sizes to highlight different focal points on the way in.
Then comes the main attraction: the plants. Add flowers to your containers that showcase the best of each season. Take advantage of the changes in the weather and surrounding landscape by updating container plants in spring, summer, fall, and winter to provide heightened interest.
4. Dress up your driveway
A plain driveway is just that — plain and boring.
If you’re looking to take your entryway up a few notches, consider upgrading your driveway, perhaps by adding a decorative border of paving stones that accentuate your home’s unique design.
Another way to add character or elevation to your driveway is through ornamental columns. These structures can be visual anchor points, signifying in a formal and grand way that visitors are about to enter your property.
5. Add a cozy outdoor room
Some cozy and elegant patio furniture sized to your front porch can be the perfect spot to relax outdoors with a cup of coffee to welcome your visitors.
Front porches or patios add timeless curb appeal and a gracious transition to your home, extending your living space outdoors.
Further enhance the space with special lighting — such as a pendant overhead — and chic accessories.
There are so many options with plants, hardscapes, lighting, and professional design that you can adopt to take your entryway to the next level. As you begin to reimagine your entryway, don’t hesitate to contact the design experts at Rossen Landscape. We can discuss all of your options and create a custom plan for your space. We want you to get the most enjoyment out of your home and landscape.