First Impressions: 4 Ways to Create an Inviting Front Yard

First Impressions: 4 Ways to Create an Inviting Front Yard

There’s nothing more relaxing than coming home after a long day and opening your front door to walk into a relaxing, welcoming entryway. It helps the stress of a busy day melt away and welcomes you into your home. However, why start your home’s relaxation vibes after you open the door? A welcoming front yard can help you feel like you’ve stepped away from the hustle and bustle of the office and into your own little paradise from the moment you pull into your driveway. Many homeowners and professional designers are focusing on creating friendly, inviting front yards for both yourself and for your guests that go way beyond laying down a simple welcome mat. Below are four expert tips to create an incredibly inviting front yard.    Add Seating that Encourages Socializing and Gathering  Seating is often tucked away on a back patio. Adding seating to the front porch or front yard provides a welcoming place for you to socialize with neighbors, friends or your own family while enjoying the view of your street. You can also add an entry bench next to the front door as a place to sit or leave your items while you garden.  

Add Raised Beds and Edibles for Conversation Starters

Raised beds are often hidden away in the back yard where they are typically only seen by you and your next-door neighbors. People love to look at and talk about various edibles and flowers grown in raised beds. Adding them in your front yard makes for a great conversation starter with passersby and neighbors. You can be extra-inviting by welcoming neighbors to take a clip of herbs when they’re cooking a homemade dinner for their family.  

Utilize an Open-Fencing System for Visibility

Many homeowners see adding fencing as a way to create more privacy for them. However, adding open fencing actually does the exact opposite for homeowners. The fence creates a boundary that will actually encourage you to do more activities in the front yard, rather than sticking to the backyard where you are less likely to spark up a conversation with a passing neighbor on an afternoon walk. The fence itself allows you to play with your child or your pup in the front yard without the chance of them walking off your property, yet still allows you to have visibility to chat with passersby. If you have a limited front yard or only want to fence off a portion of the front yard, you can utilize core drilling to literally stake the fence posts anywhere you like.  

Use Soft, Welcoming Lighting in Front Windows

Make your home just as welcoming in the evening as it is during the day by using soft, multi-level lighting in the windows that face the street and sidewalk. As the sun goes down, passersby will be enchanted by the warm lighting spilling out of your home.   Emma is a freelance writer based out of Boston, MA. She writes most often on health and education. When not writing, she enjoys reading and watching film noir. Say hi on Twitter @EmmaSturgis2

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