Ideas for Front Steps

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Ideas for Front Steps
You can apply various design concepts to your front steps to increase your home's curb appeal. (Front steps of a house with yellow lilies in bloom. image by dvest from

Decorating your front steps is an excellent way to create a useful entry point as well as enhance your home's curb appeal. Building steps using stone or wood materials not only provides textural intrigue but also adds colour. Topping your front steps with decorative elements such as foliage and handrails completes your home entry project.

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Stone Materials

Flagstone and brick are ideal materials for front steps because they have rectangular shapes with long, mostly flat sides. You can hold them together with cement or mortar; therefore, creating stone steps is perfect for a do-it-yourself project. Although flagstone typically has one shade, which is a beige colour, you can find brick in a variety of shades. You can choose to mix a few brick colours to form a consistent pattern or use one colour to complement your outer home decor.

Wood Planks

Using wood planks for front steps creates an untraditional but warm home entrance. The benefit of using wood is that you easily can create the size, shape, and colour steps you want. Building wood front steps is an even easier DIY project because it only requires a saw, hammer and nails.

Decorative Details

Adding decorative details to your front steps finalises your home's entryway. Add potted flowers or plants directly on top of the steps, or create a potting area next to the steps enclosed in the same materials you used to build the steps. If you create a series of long, deep steps, line each with plants and flowers from the stair entry point to the front door. Incorporating lighting features within the flower beds along the steps also creates a warm ambience while providing lighting onto each step. Lighting helps keep steps safe when the sun goes down.

Handrails are both decorative and functional and complement to front steps that are not deep when they either mimic the same material as the steps or contrast in colour. For instance, wood steps look appropriate with wood railings where as stone steps look nice with metal handrails.

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