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Driveway Ideas With Great Curb Appeal

Samantha Bryant6-Minute Read
May 02, 2022

Do you have home improvements you wish you could make? Maybe student loans you’d love to pay off? We all have debts and expenses that we’d like to take care of if we had an extra $20,000 laying around. Unfortunately, it can be hard to save that kind of money on top of paying bills, buying groceries, taking care of your mortgage payment, saving for retirement … you get the gist. It’s not always easy.

The good news is, if you own a home, you may actually have $20,000 “lying around,” so to speak. If you’ve built equity in your mortgage, it may be possible for you to refinance and access some of your accumulated home value in the form of usable cash.

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Driveway Design Ideas: A Complete Guide

When it comes to a driveway makeover, there are many options for sprucing up this space. At the same time, it adds value to your property, especially when you go to sell your home in the future. Home buyers prefer well-built and eye-catching driveways. It’s an often-overlooked way to add curb appeal to any home. All driveways have different characteristics and there’s a way to boost appeal for each one.

Driveway Gate Ideas

Wooden Driveway Entrance

If your driveway has a gate, this provides a wonderful opportunity for a lasting first impression and a way to add some change. Think about your design aesthetic, incorporating colors from your home exterior, and much more. 

Keep It Modern

Modern homes consist of clean lines and feature horizontal design elements and large windows. You can incorporate windows into your garage gate or door with laminated glass and bold lines. You can also place windows vertically on a garage door for even more modern elements. 

Modern designs can also provide a perfect blend of natural and industrial. Add wood elements to your garage gate and door with horizontal wood accents. A slatted metal gate will also offer an industrial, modern vibe.

Consider Color

Modern designs are mostly associated with black and white, but adding a pop of color gives a fun element of surprise. Play around with a variety of paint samples and then make your choice. This is an easy and affordable way to give your driveway gate a refresh.

Pull out your paint roller, painting tray, and your painting clothes and do it yourself. 

Match Your Fence

You have the driveway gate all spruced up, now what about your fence? Use the same elements of design for the fence surrounding your home. Whether they be materials, paint or various elements, if you go for a more cohesive look, you will earn that eye-catching curb appeal. 

For a budget-friendly option, stick with the same paint and color highlights throughout for an easy fix. 

Driveway Landscaping Ideas

Cobbled Circle Driveway.

We know that landscaping is key when it comes to curb appeal, and typically we think of lining the front porch with shrubs and flowers. Don’t forget the driveway. There are plenty of ways to incorporate landscaping into your driveway. Here are some landscaping ideas to incorporate into your driveway.

Add Planting Pockets

Planting pockets allow the opportunity to spruce up a space in often-overlooked places (hence a driveway). These pockets can add unexpected pops of color with a variety of textures. This is a very fun way to get creative with underutilized spaces. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to let your personality shine through with the colors and types of plants you add to this space. 

Keep It Formal And Fancy

If formal and fancy speaks to you, you can take that route as well. Channel your inner royal member and add perfectly trimmed boxwood hedges with a statue that represents your home in front. You can also add ornamental rocks for some extra fancy pizazz. Topiary shrubs are another way to create a formal driveway vibe. You may even want to change the shape of your driveway depending on space to create a Europe-worthy circular driveway. 

Make A Pathway

Don’t stop at the driveway when it comes to decor, continue the look by adding a pathway from the driveway to your home. There are several pathway approaches you can use for this, depending on your design style. You can create a pathway of mulch or gravel surrounded by your favorite flowers and a border of brick pavers. You can also add steppingstones with flagstone to blend into your lawn or among ground cover.  

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Driveway Paving Ideas

Large Country Style Home

In addition to a variety of pathway ideas, there are also a plethora of ways to pave your driveway. You can go the traditional route or stand apart from the crowd with unique options included below. 

Long Brick Driveway

How often do you see long brick driveways? It depends on where you live, but it’s certainly a unique driveway paving option. Bricks are unique and built to last with minimal upkeep. You can use reclaimed bricks to add a touch of charm and history to your home. Add brick pavers to line the driveway for a complete and chic look. 

Fancy Concrete Driveway

Go beyond the typical concrete driveway by selecting a fancy concrete pattern. This adds an element of surprise and most concrete companies have a variety of patterns to choose from when updating your driveway. Some options could include a European fan design, a slatted concrete paver, large slabs, polished concrete, geometric stamped lines or block concrete with grass in between the cracks for a modern look. In addition to several design styles, concrete driveways are practical and low maintenance. 

Mixed Stone Tile Driveway

A mixed stone tile driveway is sure to set you apart from the crowd. The plus side of mixed stone is that you can select from a variety of shapes, sizes, colors, textures, patterns and styles in a natural stone material. Sandstone has a rustic and natural aesthetic, flagstone is an inexpensive way to add the natural element, use contrasting brownstones. Limestone is the ideal stone to create designs and patterns. 

Driveway Lighting Ideas

Modern Villa

Incorporating driveway lighting is a great way to greet both yourself and your guests at night. It helps illuminate the outside of your home, provides nighttime curb appeal, and adds a layer of security to your property. Here are a few different types of driveway lighting ideas you can consider.

LED Lighting

When installing outside lighting around your driveway, LED is going to be your best option. LED lights can last anywhere from 50,000 to 100,000 operating hours. That’s up to 40 times longer than old school incandescent bulbs used to last. Plus, LED lights are extremely  energy-efficient, helping to reduce your electric bills. 

Post Lighting

Post lighting can be a great way to add character to the outside of your home. You could add a pair of post lights at the end of a driveway. Or you can take it a step further and add a series of pole lights from the street to your garage. 

Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone when adding exterior lighting. There are many types of post lights that can help give your home an extra pop. While most will choose to add electric lights, some people are opting to use gas post lights for a little extra ambiance.   

Guided Lighting

If you don’t have room to install post lighting up the driveway, consider smaller guided lights. These are a fantastic way to still highlight your driveway, but take up only a fraction of the space on your property. 

Driveway Ideas On A Budget

Concrete Driveway With Grass

Sprucing up your driveway doesn’t need to be an expensive project. There are several things you can do without breaking your budget. Here are just a few to consider:

Install A Ribbon Driveway

While it may have never crossed your mind before, you could add a ribbon driveway. This type of driveway became popular in the early 1900s and consists of two paved parallel strips that lead from the street to your house. Not only are ribbon driveways cheaper to install, they can also be more resistant to damage from harsh winter weather.

Make A DIY Garden

Add a little color to your driveway by installing a garden lining one or both sides. Mix things up by installing both small shrubs and flowers. This will add a huge pop to your curb appeal and won’t make too big of a dent to your wallet.

Paint The Garage Door

According to Remodeling Magazine a brand-new garage door has a 93.8% ROI. But who says you need to completely replace your garage door? By adding a new coat of paint, you can highlight the work you’ve done around your driveway at a much lower cost.

The Bottom Line

Your driveway is the first section of your home that greets guests and entices passersby to take a second look. You make a wonderful impression by showing off a well-kept driveway that’s both functional and aesthetically appealing. Invest time, money and effort in your driveway because its renovation ultimately adds value to your property. When investing in your driveway, you don’t have to break the bank. There are plenty of budget-friendly ideas that you can easily do yourself. Check out Rocket HomesSM Homeowner Guide for more tips and ideas when it comes to giving your home an all-around refresh.

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Samantha Bryant

Samantha Bryant is a freelance writer covering all topics related to lifestyle and homes. Samantha attended the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication. In her spare time, she loves to travel and globetrot the world with her family.