7 Tips To Create An Inviting Entryway

Curb appeal is the first thing a guest notices, quickly followed by your entryway, so when guests start filing in for holiday parties you want it to look and function as best as it can.  

Front Door

Take some time to think about how your front door is working for your entry. This may sound silly, but the front door in our home was a solid black, metal door. From a far the curb appeal looked great, but we have a small entryway with very little light so having a door that blocked all natural light wasn’t doing us any favors. I noticed when we first looked at the house that everyone went in the side door and quickly passed through the small, dark entryway. We recently installed a wooden front door with a half-height window, so the light filters in and visually expands the space. Whether you do a black, wood, or colorful front door make sure it goes with the style of your house, attracts the visitor to come in, and lends itself to the look of your entryway.

 

Seating

I am not a clean freak by any means, so I never make anyone remove their shoes, however, I have noticed that most guests feel like they should (especially in winter, with snow).  A small chair, stool, or bench is all that is necessary. Depending on the amount of space you have you can do a long, beautiful bench or even have an adjacent area where guests can go to sit.

 

A Place For Belongings

This can range from a place to set keys, to coat and purse hooks, to a basket for bags, to a coat closet nearby. Giving a guest a place to set their things make them feel like their belongings won’t always be in the way.

 

Rug

A rug is a great way to make a statement and add warmth to the typically hard entryway floor. You can use a round rug, runner, or large rectangular rug depending on the size and shape of your entry.

 

Plants

There’s just something about greenery and colorful flowers that say “welcome”. Not only that, but in the colder months, having greenery around your house boosts your mood.

 

Show your personality

Whether you do colorful art and prints, natural textures, or sleek candles and mirrors your entryway will begin to tell your home’s story. Also, speaking of mirrors, they are a great place for guests to quickly take a glance in or out the door, and will create the illusion of a larger space so they are great for small entryways.

 

Lighting

No matter what height your ceiling is or your budget, you can still have some fun with your entry lighting. Again, show your home’s style and make sure the light is mounted high enough to not get in the way of the door.

To find more entry inspiration, you can follow me on pinterest. Have a great Thanksgiving everyone!

Nikki

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