There is a saying that you only get one chance to make the first impression. The same applies for your home’s entryway. It is what visitors and prospective home buyers get their first sense of your home upon entry. Designing an entrance foyer is an inexpensive home improvement project and you won’t believe the change it’ll make in defining your living space.
When it comes to design and style, foyers and entryways are often ignored which is a mistake. Here are some ways you can make the welcome into your home great.
Enhance With A Mirror
You don’t necessarily need much for your entryway to look great, and hanging a mirror as the focal point is an effective way to keep it minimal. Mirrors can bring about an elegant, roomy feel to any space. Since they all come in many different finishes, select the finish that reflects your home’s aesthetic. When it comes to shape, consider both the size of the space and the feel of the room. A round mirror will soften an entryway while a rectangular mirror will highlight the tall ceilings.
The Right Rug
A rug can help set the tone for an entire space. This is why it’s a good idea to choose one that’s the right shape and size. Let your curved staircase shine with a round rug, especially if you’re placing a round accent table in the center. Go for a unique shape like an octagonal rug if you want a fresh look. In a home that sticks to tradition, an oriental or Persian rug should be your go-to.
Not every entryway has enough room for a stool, chair or bench. But if yours does, a bench can be a great spot for people to sit and put on or remove shoes or hold purses or other objects. A storage bench, or a bench with a shelf, will add extra organization to the entryway.
Inspire It With Nature
The entry is one place where flowers will never go unseen. Fresh flowers or potted plants lend a gracious air to any entry space. It’s a lovely thing for your guests to see as soon as they walk in the door. It can be as simple as cuttings from your garden or a beautiful orchid in the winter. Whatever you choose, it’s an elegant introduction to your home. To top it all plants have the additional benefits of making the air around clean, fresh and easier to breathe.
More than just a beacon leading to the front door, exterior lighting helps define the look of a house. They can provide the ambient lighting that you need to greet guests and to assure safe passage into other areas of your home. Large chandeliers are most appropriate for taller ceilings and over stairways while surface-mounted and close-to-ceiling fixtures can be used in foyers with lower ceilings and in hallways.
Organize It With A Table
Easily find everything you need, and have a place for every item with an organized entry table. It can provide just enough space to house the things you’re ready to put down when you walk in the door. For added storage, find a console table with drawers or built-in shelves.
Coming into a home is like getting a hug. If you’ve been itching to upgrade your home, start with where your guests get a first impression—the foyer!