Your home’s entryway is the first impression guests will get of your home. They should be welcoming, inviting and functional. Of course, it’s always a plus if you can create a space that is impressive too!
So, how do you turn a bland and uninspiring entryway into a space that will “wow” your guests?
These tips will show you how to make your create a features to make your entryway look bigger, cozier, functional and bold. By following these steps, you’ll be able to create an entry that is the envy of all your friends and a welcome retreat from the outdoors.
Size Doesn’t Matter
At least not if you use a few of my top secret tips to make your entryway look a lot larger than it is!
Entryways come in a variety of shapes and sizes but, the most common issue most people face is that they don’t have enough room, causing the space to look tiny and cluttered.
One way to create the illusion of space in your entryway is to use mirrors. Try placing a mirror opposite the door so that it looks like your entryway extends further than it does.
If your entryway is part of an adjoining room, try bringing some of those elements in, such as paint color, finishes or fabric. This helps it feel more like part of the larger room instead of a tiny room of its own.
Create a Focal Point
Some people might have the opposite issue – their entryway is huge with a central feature such as stairs. These can make a great focal point if you know how to draw attention to them.
Placing potted plants at the foot of the stairs is a good way to help “frame” them and draw attention. You can also try drawing the eye upward with a nice piece of wall art located at the top of the stairs.
If you don’t have a natural focal point, then you must create one. You can do this with a piece of furniture like a side table, decorative chair or stool, a small dresser or wall art placed along a wall.
One of my best tips for making a room more intimate and inviting is to ditch the overhead lighting and use a table lamp instead. If you don’t have a small table in your entry, a standing table lamp that diffuses a soft light can also do the trick.
Larger entryways do well with overhead lighting such as a chandelier, but don’t forget to add table lamps as accents for added warmth.
You Can’t Have Form without Function
Great entryways aren’t just impressive and welcoming, they are also functional. No one wants to step into the house and have nowhere to put shoes, coats or keys.
Use a coat rack to free up floor space or if you don’t have a closet. Baskets work well for umbrellas. A bowl or dish on a side table helps to keep keys or change where you can find them.
An impressive and functional entryway can go a long way towards making you and your guests feel welcome. Try some of these tips and let us know your results in the comments below.