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Homeowners put in a huge effort in making their interiors look gorgeous and welcoming, but forget all about the outer walls in the process. Ironically, the outer walls of your home are seen by every passerby, regardless of whether they come in or not. Now, wouldn’t you like to make a fantastic first impression?
You will be surprised to know that you can exercise a lot more creativity and versatility when it comes to decorating the outer side of the house. Here are some easy-to-do ideas to help you get started.
Outer Wall Decor in Sarasota, Florida, USA – Photo Courtesy: Clyde Robinson
Turn an old wooden shutter into a piece of wall art. Nail it onto the wall and use it as a plant holder. Deck it up further with vines for a country-style look.
Teapots in wall at Pilies Street corner in the Old Town of Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. Photo Courtesy: Guillaume Speurt
Random household objects like broken teapots or ceramic vessels can be suspended from the walls to make for a cozy nesting place for local birds. Now, who doesn’t like a chirpy little garden?
Pretty Veranda in Henley Beach, Adelaide, Australia – Photo Courtesy: Michael Coghlan
If you have a large wall, consider installing shadow boxes of different sizes and fill them up with small potted plants. This is a classic favorite!
Fake windows with real flowers below them in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England – Photo Courtesy: Alex Liivet
The monotony of a solid wall facing a street can be broken by creating a fake window, complete with window panes, grills and drapes. You can then add flower boxes below it or on the sides to add to the esthetics.
Solbad Hall in Tirol, Tyrol, Austria – Photo Courtesy: Bossi
Whether it is your backyard or your front porch, antique lamps and lanterns help add a mystic touch to your outdoor décor, while serving a functional purpose.
A wall and plants in Burgaw, North Carolina, USA – Photo Courtesy: Teresa Phillips
Drill in some hooks onto an idle wall and use them to hang all your garden tools and equipment. You will be surprised how beautiful these can look against a wooden or bare brick wall. Place some plants and other garden equipment around it to complete the theme.
Photo Courtesy: Gail Frederick
A simple wooden ladder can be used as a shelf for potted plants or other knick knacks. You can even use a single ladder or a series of them as a trellis.
Wall Sculpture – Photo Courtesy: Neosnaps
Have an old mantle gathering dust somewhere? Pull it out of the storage and install it on your outer wall to make for an interesting décor piece. Adorn it with a few eye-catching sculpture pieces or turn it into a faux fireplace.
Vertical Gardens! – Photo Courtesy: Miriam Lueck Avery
With a little professional expertise, you can transform a barren wall into a full-blown vertical garden. Use a colorful tapestry of plants to create interesting patterns and combinations.
If you are not in the mood for anything elaborate, punctuate your wall with metal rings and plunk some pretty potted flowers into them.
Ivy wall of a home in Domaine de Barthe Gites, located in the Languedoc Roussillon province of the South of France. Photo Courtesy: Vicki Burton
Covering an entire wall with poison ivy is one of the easiest and oldest tricks in the book to beautify an outer wall. And the best part is that it hardly costs anything! Try using different varieties of ivy and let them intertwine to add more depth and texture to the façade.
Wall Mural on a house wall in Belfast, Ireland – Photo Courtesy: Andrew Hurley
If you have any artistic inclinations, you may use an entire wall as a canvas for a beautiful themed painting or a mural. Plaster of Paris can also be used to create three-dimensional artwork.
Jenny Wadlow enjoys sharing information related to home décor through her articles. She writes blog posts for Outer Art Co., a web based firm that designs and manufactures garden walls. You can follow her on Twitter @JennyWadlow.