First impressions have a big impact, especially when it comes to real estate. In fact, studies have shown that people tend to make up their minds about new people and places within mere seconds. As a result, many people focus on making their home stand out from the crowd, inside and out.
Beyond a property’s exterior curb appeal, a visitor’s first steps inside can make or break their opinion of the space. Whether you’re getting your home ready to sell or starting to prepare for the first dinner party at your new place, you may want to focus some time and attention on your home’s entryway.
Whether your front door leads to a small hallway, a grand foyer, a mudroom, or a living area, there are lots of ways you can leverage this important space to make a great impression on guests. Here are six simple ideas for creating a home entryway that positively pops:
1.) Add a Place to Sit
Have you ever entered a home and immediately found yourself struggling to take off your shoes or hang your coat? It’s an all-too-common experience. To make things easier on your guests — and add a functional, beautiful flourish to your entrance space — look for ways to incorporate simple seating, such as a small bench; an elegant chair or stool; or even a built-in wall seat. Embrace materials that go with your space, and decorate to your liking with chic throw pillows, simple cushions, or accent artwork. In addition to being welcoming and convenient, adding seating can help subdivide open concept spaces into more clearly established zones.
2.) Keep Things Clean and Organized
Remember what we were saying about first impressions? Make sure that dust, dirt, and disorganization aren’t the first things visitors see when they set foot in your home. Your foyer or front hallway is one of the most important places to clean when company is coming over. Be on the lookout for footprints on carpets, floors, and rugs, and keep surfaces clean and free of dust. Polish mirrors and windows, and make sure that there’s space to store coats, shoes, toys, and other everyday items that may naturally end up living by the front door.
3.) Make a Bold Statement
If you have a foyer or an entrance hall, this welcoming space can be a great canvas for all of your biggest and boldest design ideas. If you’re decorating your new home, the entranceway can be a great place to show off what makes you unique. You could create a gallery wall with your favorite artwork, lay down your most eye-catching rug, or showcase your favorite vintage pieces and antiques. Experiment with different colors and patterns, and find what makes you feel at home — and what will best give your visitors a preview of the personality to come in the rest of the house.
4.) Create a Focal Point
What’s the first thing you notice when you walk through your front door? Odds are, your guests are finding their attention drawn to the exact same place. The eye needs somewhere to go. Help guide your visitors’ focus by creating a clear focal point for the entryway. You could add an attention-grabbing statement color or wallpaper pattern to a front wall; set up a gorgeous tablescape on a front desk with lamps, flowers, and plants; install an appealing light fixture; or hang up a large piece of artwork or a mirror — which has the added bonus of helping make small spaces feel larger.
5.) Define the Space
If your home does not come with a clearly defined entryway, you may want to take some simple steps to create a more distinct, unified area. This can help break up your floor plan, while helping the space feel more welcoming and inviting to guests. To help your entrance area stand apart, consider adding a visual element that defines the space, such as a brightly colored door, or a runner that helps draw visitors in. A hanging light fixture, such as a chandelier or pendant light, can also help create a more distinctive reception area. Lightly colored ceilings and walls can help make an entryway feel larger, while experimenting with a different texture or pattern of flooring can create a clear division of spaces while looking chic, to boot.
6.) Storage, Storage, Storage
Storage is an important element to consider for your foyer or entryway. A lot of household items tend to clutter up by the front door, and guests need somewhere to stash their coats and shoes. No coat closet? Consider adding a storage piece that can add visual flair with a healthy dose of functionality — such as a large chest or storage console. You can also create lots of storage with small elements, such as shoe holders, wicker baskets, or small crates. Or, you could add extra functionality by using your blank walls and mounting coat hooks, hanging baskets, or floating shelves in strategic spots.
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