Your entry is the gateway to your home. Sure, the front door made the first impression, but the entry is where it’s cemented. The entry sets the tone, creates the atmosphere, and quickly tells guests what to expect inside the rest of your home. Want yours to say “welcome”?
- Keep it casual
Create an informal space that makes it easy for guests to come in—give them a place to hang a hat or sweater, or a spot to sit to take off shoes.
- Keep it simple
Your entry doesn’t need to be fussy, or overly engineered. A few simple accents keep it looking pretty, but uncluttered.
- Keep it defined
If you don’t have a defined entry and the space is open to a large room, use bookcases, plants, screens, or even area rugs to visually define the entry space.
- Keep it interesting
Your entry is the perfect space to go bold with color. Take colors from the rest of your home and bump them up to their boldest, brightest hues to make your entry pop.
- Keep it practical
Create a landing space at the entry you use every day. You and your guests will appreciate things like a charging station and places to easily stash keys and other things.
- Keep it smart
Invest in good lighting for your entry, and hang a mirror near the door—necessary for the last-minute check before you walk out, or to smooth hair after coming in out of the wind.
- Keep it pretty
Add something pretty just for looks—it can be fresh flowers in a nice vase, a collection of favorite pottery pieces, or a petite vignette on your entry table.
- Keep it tidy
Welcome mats aren’t just for outside the front door. A welcome mat, or small area rug inside your front door helps trap dust and dirt so it’s not tracked into your home.