Mailboxes may seem like a boring, but necessary, residential feature, but they can actually play a major role in how much curb appeal your house has. An old, rundown mailbox won’t do your home any favors, while a mailbox that has clearly been carefully selected will do wonders for the appearance of your home. As you read this guide, you’ll see ten ideas you can use to make your mailbox stand out from the crowd.
- Make it bright – Choosing a bold color that plays off of your home’s exterior is a great way to make sure your mailbox gets noticed. If, for example, you have a tan house, a teal or bright red mailbox would certainly draw all the right kinds of attention.
- Matchy matchy – If you would like your mailbox to coordinate with the exterior finishes on your home, it’s a great idea to pick one feature you especially love and carry it over. Maybe, for instance, you chose to use horizontal wood paneling on a portion of your house. Using this again on your mailbox would be the ideal way to make it visually appealing without setting it apart from your overall aesthetic.
- Go traditional – A clean, simple envelope style mailbox undeniably has a traditional look that will never go out of style. To modernize this type of box, try adding a great hanging porch light above it and accent it with a sleek house number set.
Include it in a bed – If you need to position your mailbox near the street, but you don’t want it to look awkward, consider placing it in a bed of tall, flowing grass. Weber’s agave is a great choice that will help your box blend seamlessly into the landscape surrounding it.
- Choose a Cor-Ten steel style – Cor-Ten steel, which features an industrial-style patina, has a gritty, modern look that is ideal for contemporary homes. If you’re hoping to add a little edge to your mailbox, consider a style crafted from this durable material.
- Class it up – If you’re not a big fan of highly visible mailboxes and you’d prefer a subtle, sophisticated style, ask your builder to simply cut a box into a column or wall that is already part of your home. The box won’t be visible to passersby, but it will still serve its intended purpose for the postman.
- A mail slot – Mail slots, which were once quite popular, are enjoying a bit of a resurgence, especially among homeowners who live in mid-century style abodes. If you choose this option, make sure you abide by USPS regulations and ensure that your slot is a minimum of 30 inches from the floor and is at least 7 inches wide and 1.5 inches tall. Contact your local post office if you have questions.
- A hole in the wall – This option is very similar to a mail slot, but is larger, allowing for bigger items, such as padded mailers, to be easily delivered. Instead of just having a small slit in your wall, consider having a larger opening, with a standard mailbox door, added by your front door.
- Don’t be afraid to have fun – Colorful mailboxes that resemble small houses themselves have a playful, jaunty appearance. These are an especially great option for multi-unit residences, as they look fantastic clustered together. You can also have some fun by choosing a box that showcases a sports team’s logo or features another motif you love.
- Use found objects – Just because something wasn’t originally intended to be a mailbox doesn’t mean you can’t turn it into one. Old toolboxes, curved pieces of sheet metal, and even vintage coffee cans can all be turned into mailboxes. You are really only limited by your imagination.
If you are thinking about making any exterior renovations to your North Carolina or South Carolina home, the Hatch Homes team would love to work with you. Simply call our office to schedule a consultation so we can discuss the ideas you have for the outside of your house. We look forward to hearing from you!