The saying “first impression last,” does not only applies to a person but to your house as well. The entryway is the part of the house we are referring to. Why is it so? Because it is the first thing your guests will see when they enter your home. And, this is the last thing they will pass through when they go out. Thus, it is the part of the house they will remember.
Homeowners are concerned with their entryway, especially if they are regularly having guests in their house. Defining your style and choosing the pieces that will complement your style without over decorating the space is the best way to create a welcoming entryway. The three things you need to keep in mind when designing your entryway are to welcome, express yourself in style, and provide a temporary storage. These things will help you achieve an attractive entryway.
Here’s how to achieve a lovely entryway:
Proper Lighting Setting the mood in the entryway is one way of displaying a powerful style statement. Adjust the lighting depending on the mood you prefer. It will help if you are bold when deciding on the fixture. Choosing one that hangs from the ceiling, so it will not take up a lot of space.
Make it Clutter-Free Open or empty surfaces attract clutter. To avoid this, it is best if you place on a small table a container for each type of item like a bowl for keys, a change bowl and a mail tray. This will help organize things and help keep your entryway clean.
Add Mirror Mirrors can add a special effect to your entryway. It makes an impact both functionally and aesthetically. If you are rushing out the door and need to take a peek at how you look, a mirror in the entryway can be very helpful. According to expert interior designers, mirrors reflect light which enlarges the area. Shop around for the right mirror that will fit your space perfectly and goes with your style.
Coat Rack or Hooks If you cannot afford to add a coat closet in your entryway, a coat rack or hooks are good alternatives to keep your guest’s coats organized. Choose hooks with unique design and shapes, something that will reflect your style and complement your interior.
Bench and Storage Solutions One of the biggest challenges is to make a small area appear de-cluttered. You can add a multi-purpose bench which can be a place to sit and at the same time a storage area underneath. This bench invites and welcomes, displays your style, and plays an important function. When the guest visit, the bench can also serve as a place to put extra items such as purses, briefcases, or packages. Add an umbrella stand and an attractive small rug at the door for wiping wet feet.
There are lots of things you can do to liven up your entryway. And, of course, you need to keep it clean as well as organized. After setting up your entryway, the regular dusting of surfaces and cleaning the floor will continually make the first and last impressions of your home something to remember.