Every home should be well marked with its street address. It lets the fire and police departments quickly find your house in case of emergency – not to mention help your daughter’s prom date find the right front door.

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But house numbers are not only about functionality. They can also enhance your home’s good looks. Changing the numbers is easy and relatively inexpensive, and a thoughtful selection can make a big positive impact on your home’s curb appeal.

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When looking at the many options available, remember to consider the style of your home – painted tile numbers would suit a colonial Spanish home, for example, and Art Deco numbers look great on a Craftsmen bungalow.

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Install your numbers in a spot that is visible from the street. Good locations include over, beside or on the front door, on the top riser of the porch steps, on a fence post or on your mailbox (if you have a curb-side mailbox). Select a spot where the number can be easily read even at night or consider installing a low-voltage light to illuminate the numbers. Today you can even buy solar-powered house numbers that light up at night.

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Here are some more of our favorite house number styles.

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