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How to Smarten up Your Home Like a Pro

Is your home starting to look slightly worse for wear? If you’re lucky you have the budget for making it look a whole lot better. So, how do you smarten it up? What can you do that’ll have it looking like a showcase home? We’ll help you with a few ideas that may spark your own.

Whether you’re looking for the best garage door installation Melbourne residents can find, or whether it’s a new garden landscape, there are many concepts to explore.


Your windows are one of the most visible features of your home. Make them stand out:

  • You can make them a feature by adding coloured window shutters.
  • Paint a strip around the frame.
  • Add blinds, or pretty window bars.
  • Lace curtains on the inside will also give a delightful effect.

What’s more, you could get French windows, enabling you to step directly into the garden.


Your garden can catch someone’s eye in a powerful manner. And it doesn’t have to be difficult to create a stunning space!

For example, add perennial shrubs which flower, some trees, and annual flowers or bulbs. Try to use local native plants. Make sure you use different textures and colours, and that there are clean lines—either straight or curvy.

If you live on a busy street, plant some noise-reducing bamboo. Your garden can be practical AND beautiful!

Furthermore, you can add vegetables. It may sound a little unusual, but vegetables in the front garden can look really pretty, and also be functional at the same time. Start with red Swiss Chard, or chilli peppers, tomatoes and broccoli. It all works to develop the colours and textures in your garden. In addition, children really enjoy eating items straight out of the garden, and you’ll be giving them healthy snacks in doing so.

Paths in the Garden

You can renew your garden paths or create new ones. A couple of pathways made of flat rocks, or woodchip blend into nature, and help create a soothing environment. If you add some water features, like a pond and tiny fountain, you will increase the feeling of peace and tranquillity.

Make your garden a haven by erecting some swings with comfortable cushions for people to rest. Add an overhead awning or ‘roof’, and you’ll shade your family from the sun. Put up a bird feeder, and you’ll have a space where you can watch nature at its best without interruption.


The roof isn’t quite always prominent at first glance, but it still makes a striking difference if it looks new. Also, its condition determines whether you’re safe from rain and moisture that can seep into the structure.

So, you can add fresh roof-paint. A charcoal black is possibly the smartest aesthetic, but red or green also have their place. If you live near the seaside in a warm clime, then blue will also suit. Rather have it done by a professional, because you don’t want it fading or flaking in a couple of years.

Fix any loose shingles or roof tiles, and make sure your gutters are fixed and freshly painted.


You’ll want your garage to look smart as well. So, consider some new doors, like panel lift garage doors. Light wooden ones seem natural, and blend into a garden environment. Dark ones add style and neatness to the view and metal doors fit with a modern home.

You’ll want a motorised door. To have a door that you have to lift manually is outdated, and will decrease the resale value.


Paint your walls with fresh paint, or add some décor to them. This is an affordable but effective way to give a house a complete facelift.


Create a lovely fence—a white picket fence is always attractive, but needs a lot of maintenance. Try a metal fence that you can still look through and paint any colour that suits the house. Or what about a natural stone wall for an eco-friendly appeal? Bricks should always match the façade of your house.

The height of the wall depends on how much privacy you’d like. If you want to keep out both noise and prying eyes, consider a high wall, but if you’re one to welcome the neighbours, then keep it low.

Exterior Décor

You can always put in a fancy post-box, either trendy or antique. Paint it the same colour as your fence to ensure consistency. Have a few metal or wooden sculptures dotted around the garden, or if you’re into garden gnomes, then create little fun scenarios with them—tell a story.

Put up your house number so that it’s clearly visible, both on the front wall, and painted on the outside of the driveway so people can find you easily.


Brightening up your home doesn’t have to be expensive. It can be quite fun, too. Why not have a go with some of our suggestions? Or, what creative ideas did these tips spark in your mind?

Heather Jones
Heather Jones
Hello! I'm Heather Jones, a dedicated writer and expert in the fields of DIY projects, home improvement, and emergency preparedness. With over 15 years of hands-on experience, I'm committed to sharing practical tips and tricks to help you make the most out of your home and life.

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