Creating a Welcoming Entryway
Whether you call it your entryway, vestibule or foyer – the place you land when you enter your home should be welcoming to visitors and provide a comforting “Welcome Home” message to your family when you arrive back home at your doorstep.
The First Impression
The entryway to your home is certainly your chance to make a good first impression. It sets the tone and should reflect your style and personality, as well as making visitors feel welcome. A statement light fixture hanging from the ceiling can be dramatic, along with a small rug to add texture.
Consider the Size
Modern entryways are often small. If that is the case in your home, you can hang a mirror to create the illusion of more space. You might want a narrow and long side table on which you can place essentials like keys in a bowl. A picture above the sideboard and a lamp can warm the space right up. A light can also be left on so your feel welcome when returning to your own home in the evening. Essentials like a coat rack (if there is no hall closet) or umbrella stand should be streamlined versus clunky.
If the space is on the smaller size, be mindful of the color of paint you choose, especially if there is no window to let natural light into the space. Visitors certainly won’t feel welcome if they enter into a small and dark space. Bringing a bit of nature in from outside, such as a plant or fresh flowers, can provide a nice transition from outdoors to indoors, and also add a level of comfort.
If there is space, you can include a place to sit for sorting mail or removing shoes. A single chair or a bench with a built-in mirror or even a trunk with a cushion can suffice.
If, on the other hand, you have a grand foyer – this is an opportunity to appoint it with larger statement pieces, a large mirror offset with light sconces and a larger carpet to scale. If you have a grand clock, this is the perfect spot for it.
Small entries are wonderful for adding just the right mix of personal and quirky style. An eclectic vintage table, a fabric from a favorite culture and unique storage can create curiosity and show your sense of personal style in a fun way. Just don’t forget the mirror! Whatever the size of your entry, it’s the last chance to check yourself before entering the world!
A Family Entrance
If your family enters your home from a side or rear door, reserving the more formal front entry for visitors, you can certainly create a more informal and comfortable entrance, like a New England mud room, at the side or rear entrance. You can set out trays for winter boots and comfy slippers to change into, pegs for coats and cubbies for the kid’s backpacks.
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