Top 5 Tips to Maximize Your Garden’s Curb Appeal

First impressions count especially when it comes to the home. Whether you’re looking to sell your property or simply want to create an inviting entrance for your friends and family, giving your front garden curb appeal is going to make your home memorable for all the right reasons.


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Designing a front garden that will boost your home’s street appeal and remain practical is easy with our top 5 tips.

Be a Little Nosey

Don’t be afraid to have a look at what other people are doing in their front gardens to make a good impression. Drive around your neighbourhood and see what other homeowners in nearby streets have done with their gardens. This way, you’ll know what you’re doing with your front garden is in keeping with the rest of the neighbourhood and what will standout for all the wrong reasons!

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If you don’t see anything you love, steal some inspiration from new home builds as they’re always trying to nail the curb appeal to attract potential buyers. You can search within your own area or jump online and check out what leading designers and builders in other locations are doing for example, Sydney or Geelong home builders. This will give you a could indication of what sells.

Consider your Practical Needs

If you’re doing a complete overall of your front garden, it’s worth thinking about your practical needs. Remember, that investing in your homes curb appeal is the best way to increase your home’s value. Most homes will need a gate and a path leading to the front door, but do you need security and privacy too? Do you need to contain pets or simply want to screen out neighbours and traffic?

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Do you need a place for your kids to play in the front garden? If your space is big enough, you may be able to incorporate some hard surfacing for kids to bounce a ball or ride a trike around.

Think About your Lighting

Consideration for your lighting is imperative if you want to create a front garden that’s welcoming and secure. It’s also one of the easiest ways to boost your home’s curb appeal, making your home look bigger than it really is. Make sure your lighting allows you to walk up the garden path and navigate any steps safely without tripping. Think about the level of security you’re wanting. Lighting up around side entrances to your home and installing lights on a motion sensor can often be enough to deter uninvited guests from entering your property.

BDB Tip: Remember to consider how your lighting design visually looks on and off. You want your fittings to look just as good at night as they do in daylight!

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Design to Suit the Style of your Home

Beautiful front gardens work in harmony with the style of the home. For example, a French provincial garden would look out of place in front of modern architecture and would be better suited to a traditional or cottage style home. If you’re not exactly sure of your home’s period or decorating style, just think about how it feels or consider its location. Is it more beachy or urban?

Are you in the country or inner-city suburbs? Looking at new or proposed developments around your area will also give you some inspiration for what may suit your home. For example, if you live in Geelong a simple search of land in Geelong will show you a wide variety of home’s and front landscaping that suits the architecture.

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Select your Plant Varieties Wisely

Planting out your front garden may seem easy, but it can turn into an expensive task if the plants won’t thrive under the conditions. Before you choose plant varieties just because they’re your favourite, consider whether they’re right for the environmental conditions of your property. You want to take into consideration your location and aspect, the soil type, your size of property and your budget.

BDB Tip: If in doubt, speak to a landscape designer or horticulturist. They’ll be able to help you select the best quality plants for your location to give your garden the best start it needs to thrive.

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5 Reasons to Use these Fabulous Bathrooms as Inspiration

These bathroom-decorating ideas are going to make you seriously happy!


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Whenever the warm weather rolls around I always think about redecorating my home and giving it some life! There is one room in our homes that gets the least amount of attention – the bathroom. So why do we tend to neglect our bathrooms so much? It’s because we think its less important, but in reality its one of the best and most fun spaces to decorate with. Take a look at these 5 fabulous bathrooms and why you should use them as inspiration to decorate your own:

Glam it Up with Gold

We all know the metallic trend has caught on for kitchen faucets and chandeliers, but it also makes a huge statement in the bathroom. Swap your bathroom vanity sink faucet, wall scone, and towel holder for brushed gold bathroom hardware. It’s probably one of the easiest bathroom updates you can make, and it only takes minutes to update.

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Slanted Roof? No Problem!

This bathroom has a slanted roof and still manages to look uber chic! We often see slanted roofs as a decorating nightmare, and sometimes it really is tricky to decorate with. This designer took matters into their own hands and used wallpaper and gold trim to accentuate the bold slanted roof.

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Wood Floors in the Bathroom

To add warmth and coziness to a bathroom, wood flooring is always a fashionable flooring trend. The problems related to wood flooring in a humid and wet environment are definitely not what we want to deal with. Thankfully we have the option to install wpc waterproof vinyl floors that give you the wood look you are going for without suffering the consequences of using real hardwood. Keep in mind that installing real hardwood in your bathroom is one of the worst flooring decisions you can make for your home, so make sure to do your research about alternatives that look just as good.


waterproof vinyl plank flooring

Adding Personal Touches

Finished decorating your bathroom but still seem like there is something missing? It’s all about the personal touches that make a decorated space look well thought out and pulled together. One of my favorite ways to decorate with personal touches in the bathroom is with monogram towels. This decorating tip really goes a long way and makes a thoughtful and creative statement. Take a look at how cute this looks!

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BDB Tip: Print out black and white photos of your family members or even your cute dog and hang them up in sleek black or gold frames for a sophisticated look and a personal touch!

Mix up Materials and Textures

A beautiful mirror, chrome wall scones, a marble vanity and a woven banana basket is the all-time recipe when it comes to putting a glamorous bathroom look together. It’s all about mixing and matching materials and textures to give your bathroom a cozy feel that doesn’t seem too stiff or cold. Another way to add some coziness is with a fluffy fur bench to break the ice!

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Do you have anymore ideas when it comes to decorating your bathroom? Share them with us below, we can’t wait to hear from you!

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