Alice Mongkongllite / BuzzFeed Whether you’re looking to sell, or just want to upgrade your place, curb appeal makes a world of difference. creative-architect.com / Via houzz.com What is this dark magic?! creative-architect.com / Via houzz.com What is this dark magic?! ← Slide → creative-architect.com / Via houzz.com What is this dark magic?! 1. Because this "before" photo looks blah, but the "after" is a total fairytale: hgtv.com Choosing the right paint color can completely transform your house. Learn how to pick the right hue here. 2. And who wouldn't want to host a party in this Mad Men-inspired makeover? hgtv.com Play up the genre of your place to add instant character. Do you have a '60s vibe, ranch-style home? Look into retro accent colors and mod exterior fixtures. 3. Or get cozy in this lurking-to-lovely transformation? hgtv.com Tall trees and shrubs can make a small house look smaller. Look for lush ground cover plants and add a few pops of color to build more dimension to your walkway. 4. This metamorphosis went from dull to dollhouse. hgtv.com Add exterior architectural details to your home—like attractive trim and a stone walkway—to turn a standard structure into a period piece. Learn more about exterior outfitting here. 5. And check out this evolution from demon house to dream house: hgtv.com Patterned tile accents to your walkway can add color and personality to a neutral-toned house. 6. This home went from kind of creepy to totally classy. hgtv.com Change the trajectory and length of your walkway to make for a grander entrance on a short lot. 7. And this door can now show its face in the neighborhood. hgtv.com A brightly colored door is a great way to draw attention to your house and make it feel inviting. Check out this guide to pick the perfect color. 8. This grim nightmare became a walk in the park. hgtv.com The contrast between a lighter walkway and darker mulch creates an illusion of length to a smaller entrance. 9. And this house was totally basic until it got some makeup. angieslist.com Use a light trim color to highlight the architectural lines of the house. This will add more shape and dimension to your home's overall appearance. 10. Some houses need a fully-loaded front lawn to seal the deal. hgtv.com Adding a few steps to your walkway and framing a small garden with a fence adds more interest to a smaller front yard. 11. While others can benefit from a few window boxes. windowboxcontest.com That was easy. You can buy them here. 12. Faux shutters turned this weird bank into a respectable home: sensationalcolor.com Get the boards cut at the hardware store and you won’t even need a saw. Get the instructions at House Logic. 13. And this brown paradise got some interesting contrast: hometalk.com Also, contrasting colors draw more attention to the windows. 14. This home got a pergola and shed its granny vibe. amandarappdesign.com Remove any wrought iron gates that can dwarf an already small entrance. 15. While this one got instantly cozier with a front door overhang. tphblog.com Add an awning or overhang to add dimension and substance to simpler ranch-style house. And for more easy curb appeal ideas, go here.