Consider your entryway as your home’s first impression. It gives you the perfect opportunity to set the tone for the rest of your home, whether you are wowing your guests or creating a vibe that you and your family want to rush home to every night. Create an elegant, dramatic or warm ambiance in a space that’s not always high on the design to-do priority list by following our tips below.
This one is a no-brainer but don’t treat your entryway as the “junk drawer” of your home. Clean up and find a new home for the clutter, decide which items must remain by the door, and invest in semi-hidden furniture to store these items.
Pull your home’s color scheme into the entryway and paint the walls a color that flows nicely with your primary décor colors. Create a dramatic look by using one of my favorites, Benjamin Moore’s Gentleman’s Gray.
If you don’t have natural light in your entryway, definitely do consider adding a beautiful light fixture. Add a chandelier for a more dramatic effect or keep it simple with a pendant or sconces.
No empty walls
Add a statement mirror, a bold large painting with a pinspot lighting over the artwork, or a gallery wall showcasing your family or photos you love but you don’t necessarily want to style in the main rooms of your home.
Add a rug in a shape that matches the shape of your entry. Because this is a high traffic area, be sure to choose durable and easy to clean materials such as wool. Synthetic fiber rugs are also a good choice as they are stain resistant and affordable, making them easier to replace.
Take a seat
Define your space with furniture. If you don’t have enough room for a centered table, add a chic chair against a wall instead. Stylish and functional!
Even if you have a small entryway, adding even just one or two of the elements above can enhance your home’s first and last impression.
It is only at the first encounter that a face makes its full impression on us. –Arthur Schopenhauer
What are some of your favorite entryway styling elements?