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It’s very common to have a straight path leading from the street to the front door and then down the hallway, creating a runway effect and eroding privacy, as passersby can sometimes peer all the way from the street to the backyard! A popular solution to employ is to offset the gate from the front door, building a sense of journey and allowing guests to enjoy the garden as they move through it. Setting the gate in a bit from the fence line is also an effective technique, creating a buffer between the public street and the private garden.

As a guest walks through from the gate to the door, the front garden should unfold with a sense of excitement and drama. As with any garden space, consider all the senses, tantalising with texture, colour, and scent. Add interest with pots, sculpture or eye-catching plantings, while remembering to maintain a sense of scale and balance and keeping the rest of the palette simple and sympathetic to the architecture. Clever lighting can combine practicality with drama, using shadows to turn simple plantings into something sculptural.

Tiny finishing touches can also have a transformative effect. Little things like door hardware, street numbers or a striking letterbox can really set your home apart.

House numbers provide a crucial finishing touch to the overall look of your home. Visibility is key to keep in mind when buying and installing house numbers.

Consider the distance between the street and the home for the size of the numbers. Colour choice is important; contrasting colours help to improve visibility, as does consideration of the mounting surface. What font style suits your home and is easy to read? Ensure once you have installed your beautiful new house numbers that nothing is blocking their visibility from the street, and they are lit at night.

Check out Hibernate's new numbers and letters range. Designed by us, hand made in Australia, and looking so beautiful! Available in corten steel, stainless steel, powder coated white, and black.