12 Easy Ideas for Sprucing Up Your Entryway
You know what they say about first impressions: You never get a second chance to make them. What do your guests see when they first step into your home? Is it presented in the best light? Is it a practical space? Is it showstopping? If you’ve answered no to any of these questions, scroll on for our best entryway makeover tips.
Entryways are known to be on the small and narrow side, making it difficult to create ambiance with furniture or objects. Instead, start by looking at the bare bones of the space. If you can install a bold patterned floor, do it. If not, look at patterned runners to cover less than exciting floors.
Is your home bright and happy or dark and dramatic? Set the tone of the house in the entrance by using colors and materials that will be found again throughout your home. A signature scent is also a nice touch.
The bigger the family, the bigger the clutter. Assign a basket to every member of your household, and make everyone responsible for clearing away their own clutter that accumulates in the entryway. Pretty woven baskets can easily be tucked under a bench, and they look great while also being super practical.
Don’t want to paint all the walls? Consider making a big impact with a staircase or door. All you need is to do is pick the perfect shade that will pack a punch.
If your entryway is on the grand side, you’ll need some kind of visual cue that will draw the eye up and fill up any large, blank walls. A slick surfboard is a great way to add color and height to a room without spending tons on art. Flyone Boardshop understood this and created surfboards that are made to be hung as art.
If your entryway is long, create visual impact by embracing the power of repetition. Whether it’s with ceiling lights, sconces, or even a pattern on a runner, repetition will always make a space look twice (or three times) as elegant.
If your front door opens up to a long hallway, make sure that the vista at the end is enticing. Whether it’s a window, a piece of art, or a statement wallpaper, pay close attention to what will draw the eye at the end of the hallway. It’s a great opportunity to create a pretty vignette.
Bring the outside in by using tones and colors found in nature in your entrance hall. In this bohemian entryway, the front door was painted a glossy dark green while the colors and textures inside were kept to neutrals with pops of blue and green in the pillows.
While it might be tempting to use your greatest art in a living room or dining room, chances are it will make a much bigger statement in a smaller entrance hall. Take the opportunity to dazzle your guests right at the door.
A bench is the most practical piece of furniture you can put in an entryway. Unlike console tables, you can use it to drop your bag, keys, and things on, but also to sit down and tie your shoes, or to store bulky items like shoes and baskets underneath. If you only have space for one piece of furniture, always make it a bench.
While ceiling lighting is great to create a big impact, sconces and table lamps keep the mood cozy and the light flattering. Not only will you instantly set the mood before your guests arrive, but you will also look your best when you answer the door. Win-win.
Not everyone has the luxury of having ample closet space right in their entrance. Find a cute coat rack and use it to hang jackets, hats, bags, and more. Or simply use it as a pretty display!
What tricks did you use when you decorated your entryway? Share them with us in the comments below.