Much like an important job interview or that critical first date, making a good first impression when guests enter your home sets the standard for what they’ll expect to see throughout the rest of your space. It’s important that the feeling created just inside your front door is inviting, but also offers guests a glimpse into your individual style, extending a sense of personal welcome. These simple entryway ideas can help invite visitors in and create a lasting first impression.
Add A Fabulous Fixture
Swapping out your entryway light fixture with something eye-catching that announces your style is a fairly simple change. Even in a small foyer with low ceilings, introducing a fabulous flush mount fixture can add that special touch. Additional lighting can be provided with table lamps and wall sconces, so don’t limit yourself to only overhead fixtures. Think about the number and type of bulbs needed to insure the entryway is well lit and welcoming.
Include A Stylish Place For Stash
A clutter-free foyer is essential, so add a stylish piece that helps to keep everything neat. In addition to a convenient place to set down mail and keys, it can also hold winter gear like hats and gloves, or extra linens for a nearby powder room. Use this piece to display your favorite decorative objects, introducing your style and personality to visitors as they enter. During the holiday season, it doubles as the perfect staging ground for seasonal displays.
A Mirror Is A Must
I believe that mirrors are the most versatile accessory for accenting any home. With all the varied shapes, sizes, and finishes, it’s easy to find one that fits any space and ‘reflects’ your style. Placed properly in a narrow or dimly lit foyer, a mirror helps to brighten and expand the space. On the practical side, it offers guests a way to check themselves out when they arrive, and you to ensure you’re ready for the day as you head out the door!
Accent With An Area Rug
Area rugs not only instantly inject color and texture into a room, but their shape helps to define a space and distinguish it from adjacent areas. In a foyer where you might not have ample wall space for decorative prints , use an area rug to bring in pattern and color. The shape and position of the rug can visually draw visitors into your home, inviting them to enter. If you don’t love your entryway flooring but aren’t ready to replace it, an area rug can serve as the perfect camouflage.
Don’t Overlook The Door
Most of us think about painting the outside of the front door to accent our home’s exterior. What about painting the interior of the door to achieve the same effect? You might try a bold color to add contrast to a neutral space, or maybe something more subdued to complement your existing color scheme. Either way, it’s a simple change that adds interest and gives your entryway the presence it deserves.