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Creative Landscaping Enlivens Curb Appeal

June 15, 2017

Some of the latest landscaping trends reflect the growing desire for outdoor spaces to combine function and beauty, making for an even more attractive natural oasis at home. This has really become prevalent when it comes to the front yard, which is a big plus for curb appeal.

No longer are herb gardens or outdoor furniture confined to the back yard. Artfully designed front yards are taking landscape design to new levels, creating new ways to invite and inspire visitors as they approach the front door.

As noted by Better Homes and Gardens in a recent article, front yard landscapes are being centered around a welcoming atmosphere with creative design. Walkways have become a new focal point. Using a variety of materials to form unique paths is taking center stage, drawing in visitors with patterns of texture and color as they enter through a gate or walk up the driveway.

hibiscus-1604246_640Blooming flowers add depth and vibrancy to a front yard, whether they are along a trellis, in containers or flower beds. Using creative planters is another rising trend, and a great way to show off your home and your own style. Another popular way to add your own flair is with artistic house numbers, a simple, yet effective way to catch the eye of potential buyers.

Native landscaping is also a growing trend in creative curb appeal design. While we are encouraged to use native plants to help conserve water in times of drought, gardens with flora from the region are also easier to maintain. Native landscapes can incorporate plenty of color into a yard as well. The Contra Costa Water District’s Loose a Lawn, Get a Garden website is an excellent resource to discover more about native landscaping options and ideas.

patio-449432_640Another welcoming trend is to include a gathering space for guests to meet or family to relax. The outdoor living room has moved from the back patio to the front yard. This is a fun way to add a bit of design drama with comfort and style to your yard and garden, and encourage time spent outdoors.

Curb appeal doesn’t have to be about paint and new lights. You can take your front yard to the next level with creative landscape design. When you are ready to sell your home, my team and I are ready to help you through the entire process. Our goal is to make your experience both easy and pleasurable. Contact us today at (925) 634-7820, or by email at realestate@cecily.com.

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