An Entrance Fit For A King*

Wherever you are and whatever you do, first impressions matter. You know it, I know it, everybody knows that how they look and what they say will have an impact on the opinion that those who meet them for the first time build. It’s called visual impact, and it doesn’t only relate to people. You find it everywhere and in every life interaction, even on your front door. The way your house looks from outside defines whether people are likely to build a positive or negative impression of your house. You might think it doesn’t matter what the rest of the street think of about your home, but in reality, it can make a significant difference. If your driveway looks quite tired and messy, your neighbours are probably going to assume that you are the messy type. So they may refuse to take parcel deliveries on your behalf, or worse, they may actively complain to the local authority if you organise a party one evening that ends up being a little loud. The reason is that they will assume the worst of you. Sounds bad? It is, but unfortunately, the human brain is so wired so there’s nothing we can do to change it. But you can give your entrance a little bit of love and attention to help your neighbours have the best impression of you.

The drive: more than just a place to park the car –

Your driveway is the first thing that people notice about your home. Consequently, it should also be on the list of to-dos for the great Spring Cleaning operation. As a rule of the thumb, you should clean your drive in depth yearly, using a pressure washer and/or chemicals. Additionally, certain types of drive are easier to maintain, such as driveways build with quality block paving patterns. They keep your home clean during rainy days – no danger of muddy shoes with these – and they only need to be swept once every few weeks.

Give your neighbours something to look at –

If you’ve got a room that has windows on the drive, you need to give it a particular importance in your interior decor project. A conservatory, for instance, adds a brilliant finishing touch to your drive and brings your home to life to external observers. Keeping the curtains open for windows and the conservatory clear might seem like a form of exhibitionism. But in reality, neighbours have better to do than spy on you. But an open blind onto a clean room gives an aura of trust and honesty to your home.

Spotless front door –

A front door tends to be shut, but it doesn’t mean that it should be boring. You could paint your front door in a stylish colour r to change the atmosphere emanating from your home. The most popular colours tend to be black, white, wood, red, blue and yellow. But nobody is stopping you from painting your door bright pink, green or orange! Being playful with a statement front door creates a stunning entrance.

Creating a positive impression with your home starts directly with your kerb appeal. Don’t think you are doing it for your neighbours, though. The kerb appeal your create is what you want people to know about you.


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