Hi friends! We all know first impressions are important, but have you thought about the impression your home conveys the first time a guest steps through your front door? Creating a an inviting entryway that makes your guests feel welcome isn’t hard to do, it just involves paying attention to a few simple details.
First of all, an entryway should be welcoming, well-lit, and facilitate the flow of people. This space, more than any other in the house, needs to be clutter-free, not only for a positive first impression, but so visitors aren’t tripping over things as they come in!
Mirrors are a wonderful addition to an entryway. Not only do they enhance light, they make it easy for you to check your face and hair on the way out–and your guests can do the same when they come in!
If space permits, a floral arrangement (fresh or faux) or a favorite work of art can add beauty and set the tone for the personality and style of your home.
One thing I try to do before we entertain is make sure there’s room in the coat closet for people to hang their coats. We also have a coat rack attached to the wall in our entryway, and I try to always keep a few hooks open for guests to hang their purses and scarves (and hats–for my mom).
I don’t know about you, but our entryway tends to get very dirty, especially when it rains or snows. If you have wood or tile flooring, a throw rug or two can help pick up the dirt that’s tracked in. I like to use rugs that can be thrown in the washing machine when they get dirty.
As far as keeping clutter to a minimum, try to think of everything you want to store in the entryway and then decide what kind of storage options you’ll need. Some things you might need to store include hats, boots, umbrellas, purses, gloves, keys, and backpacks.
If you have a large entryway, armoires, sideboards, and console tables offer surfaces to lay mail and keys and provide hidden storage. A decorative bedroom dresser can also be a beautiful addition to a foyer.
Since space is limited in our entryway, I use a nightstand for added storage. Its three drawers allow me to store lint rollers, umbrellas, gloves, dog leashes, and miscellaneous stuff I want to keep out of sight.
One other thing I love in a foyer is some type of seating so guests can comfortably remove their shoes or boots. A storage ottoman or two, similar to the ones above, provide both a place to sit and added storage space inside. Perfect!
The entry is such an important space in the house, so I hope you’ll try out a few of these ideas. And remember–the best way to make your guests feel welcome is by greeting them with a smile (and a friendly pup)!
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