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Skip the Kitchen Hardware Refresh and Do This Instead

A house's front porch with furniture and hanging flower baskets.
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Switching out the hardware in your kitchen and bathroom is an oft-cited easy upgrade that can have a major impact. According to one designer, though, there’s an area we’ve all been missing.

It’s easy to understand why many homeowners put new knobs and handles on their cabinets and drawers when redecorating or looking to sell. However, according to Rachel Taylor, host of HGTV’s new Curb Appeal Xtreme, elevating your outdoor hardware is a better investment of time and money.

This small change can have a big impact on your porch or patio. Taylor describes it as a way to add “jewelry” to your outdoor space.

Just like inside your home, you can dress up your outdoor area with new doorknobs, knockers, light fixtures, and house numbers. Instead of simply updating outdated pieces, Taylor recommends getting creative with finishes and texture.

“Instead of going for a crisp brass,” Taylor said, “do a champagne brass or a nickel-plate finish.”

Vintage pieces are another option. Local thrift stores and antique shops are great places to find knockers, numbers, and even lighting for your porch or patio. Plus, they’ll likely be one-of-a-kind.

This isn’t the only easy way to jazz up your outdoor space, though. While neutrals remain popular for interiors, pops of color in your outdoor space provide massive curb appeal, according to Ricardo Mello, co-founder and managing partner of Manhattan Miami Real Estate.

Mello recommends planting perennial flowers to add more color to your outdoor space. A simple hanging basket or a few potted plants on your porch or front steps can work wonders.

Whether you’re looking to sell your home, or you just want to do a few upgrades, it might be a good idea to add replacing the doorknobs to your list.

[Via Apartment Therapy]

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Shea Simmons is an Atlanta-based writer who has written about everything from whether Crisco is a good moisturizer to how to KonMari your space. Her work has appeared in Bustle, My First Apartment, and Make It Grateful. Read Full Bio »

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