A business is a business, no matter where it’s located. From a corporate building to a small retail spot, the presentation is key. This is especially true when you’re operating a business from your home. Inviting clients into your personal space means they’ll get a slice of your personality. To maintain a professional storefront and show off your personal style, here are a few ways you can spruce up the outside of your home business.
Windows are the eyes of the home and should be treated as a focal point in both the interior and exterior. Adding a new pair of shutters is a great way to update your space and freshen your business’s exterior. This well-loved window treatment style adds dimension to a home looking for an extra style boost, or a polished appearance to one that needs a finishing touch. Available in a variety of materials, colors, and styles, shutters are the perfect solution to boring, bland or outdated windows.
While you may be focused on preserving water and using the “less is more” approach to landscaping, it’s still very important to make sure the greenery in the front of your home is well-manicured and pleasing. Nothing distracts more from a storefront or home business than an unkempt lawn, overgrown shrubs or out-of-date decor. To ensure your clients are ready to hire you on, welcome them to your home “storefront” with a landscape that matches your home’s exterior style, like traditional hedges for a classically designed space, or minimal decor and sleek lines for a modern home.
Paint and Pretty Decor
Last but not least, make sure your trim is chip-free, well-painted and free from dirt, debris, cobwebs and other distractions. Consider adding a fresh coat of paint to any railing, porch accents, and doors, as these are often the first areas of your exterior that are noticed. After the paint has dried, fix any broken pottery or planters, dust off beloved decor and sprinkle in updated accessories like a new doorbell or door knocker, additional lighting and seating.
No matter the type of business you’re running, keeping a professional exterior is the best way to ensure clients will feel welcomed during meetings or appointments—and will return again!
About the Author:
AS an interior designer and business owner of Kerrie Kelly Design Lab, Kerrie Kelly writes for The Home Depot. Kerrie creates awe-inspiring spaces for her clients and passes on her knowledge about subjects like adding shutters to give your home more business appeal and creating stylish storage solutions for your home office. Click here to see the shutter options that Kerrie talks about in the article.