If you are worried about damaging your home’s exterior, but still want to have outdoor decorations, there are some great options available for you. Whether you are looking to add festive fall decor to the front of your stucco home, or decorate your deck for a luau party, the tips and tricks below will help you add personality to your home without doing any damage. While adding permanent hooks and fasteners is always an option, temporary or non-invasive hooks always pose less of a damage risk.
Depending on your home’s exterior, the type of hooks you hang can range from simple stick-on varieties to over-the-door holders. For some exteriors, especially those made of acrylic base material designed to look like stucco, drilling hooks into the surface is a recipe for mold and water damage disaster. These types of exteriors may also not work well with hooks that simply stick to the wall, as they are highly textured. In cases such as this, consider hanging your outdoor decor on over-the-door wreath hooks, or mounting screws on porch posts or deck rails instead of on the home’s exterior. While these options may be more temporary in nature, they offer a good, safe alternative to drilling into brick, stone, siding and other exterior surfaces.
There is nothing that says that all outdoor decor must be of the hanging variety. Instead of investing in large, heavy pieces of wall art, choose large planters with mums for the fall or a colorful wreath for the door. Cornstalks are a great example of an outdoor decor item that would be perfect to prop against the wall instead of hanging. Other decor items that would work as non-hanging decorations may include, long planters to line the edge of the patio, table lantern decorations that match the theme of the space and small flags that can be placed in planters. Try to think beyond just the wall space when designing your outdoor decor.
Big, potted palms and ferns make excellent outdoor decor. They provide greenery and visual interest without doing any damage to the home’s exterior. If topiary or dwarf evergreens are more in line with the decor of your home, use them instead and plant either side of the front door or plant them in elevated planters or urns. Do not overlook the beauty of adding a variety of small pots with colorful daisies or delicate violets to tables and windowsills.
Consider stringing small lights around the porch rails or in the small decorative pine trees that are next to the front door. They will add a great deal of personality to the space, provide excellent ambiance and will do nothing to harm the home’s exterior. A few well-placed spotlights would also work well to accent the home at night. In addition to being visually appealing, the added lighting also has safety benefits that could help to protect the home.
Outdoor decor does not need to be based solely on hanging decorations. Think about other options for using the space wisely and do not be afraid to try something new. With some creative thinking and some interesting decorations, you can make your home’s exterior take on new life and appeal.