The welcoming process begins before you step foot inside, so pay attention to the front of your house first. This does not have to entail spending a lot of money, as it's often the small touches that make the most difference. Go outside and take a few moments to consider the front of your home, imagining that you are visiting for the first time. What strikes you? What changes would you like to make?Style notes: Giving your front door or porch ceiling a coat of blue paint is a great way to increase curb appeal. Always try to have something fresh and green near your door as well — even if it is simply a few branches plunked in a pretty bucket.