Exterior updates for your home

Brilliant buys to spruce up outdoor areas.

Get those exterior updates done to your home before the nights start to draw in and it will be set for the darker seasons ahead.

First impressions

Much more than a must-have for finding your keys at night, door-side lighting can also help bag a wow moment before guests have even stepped foot in the house. Interesting shapes and intricate surfaces are key; we’re big fans of the paper-like folds of Vibia’s origami outdoor wall lights.

Origami LED lights, from £347 each, Ramón Esteve for Vibia at clippings.com.

Street smart

Knock knock, who’s there? Find out even when you’re away with Arlo’s Audio Doorbell. once pushed, it’ll call your mobile, letting you respond remotely via two-way audio, an optional wire-free camera or pre-recorded messages. Those amazon deliveries will never go missing again…

Audio doorbell, £79, arlo.com.

Check out our edit of 9 of the Best Door Numbers. 

HELLO FLOWER

Balcony boxes are the urban dweller’s best friend. From Ferm Living and Herman Studio, the Bau series is all steel surfaces, fluted lines and classic shades. Mount en masse for an instant oasis.

Bau balcony box, £74.70, finnishdesignshop.com.

Clug in

If only everything was as simple and easy to use as Hornit’s Clug bike rack. Just nail to a wall or floor and slot tires in between to enjoy a small yet efficient two-wheel storage system.

Clug bike rack, £14.99 (thehornit.com)

HIT THE DECK

Inspired by the beauty of nature but built to ‘outperform it’ is the motto at Millboard. Its wood-look external surfaces comprise layers of mineral resin moulded onto antique timber, promising not to split, rot or host unsightly algae. See them at the brand’s new hub on Clerkenwell’s Goswell Road.

Embered weathered oak (on walls), from £98sq m, millboard.co.uk.

Find expert advice on creating elegant entrances with Little Greene’s David Mottershead here.

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