Your home’s entryway is the first thing people will see when visiting your home. It’s also the first thing you see when arriving home. And whether it’s after a long day of work or running errands, we want to feel welcomed when entering our own home.
A welcoming entryway is a must whether you have visitors often or not. And you might be surprised to know that creating a welcoming entryway can actually be a whole lot of fun. Ready to see the transformation?
Keep reading for 7 key tips for creating an entryway you’ll love for years to come!
1. Replace Tired Front Doors
First, you’ll need to start on the outside. The outside of your front door is the very first thing you and others will see when approaching your home. If it’s tired and worn down, consider replacing your front door.
Sometimes, older doors just need a bit of love here and there to bring it back to life. However, if your front door has seen it’s last days, then it’s time to say goodbye. Adding a new front door to your home is a sure way to start the creation process.
Think about what kind of theme or look you’re going for. Do you want a farmhouse look? Or, are you going for something more modern?
Your front door is what’ll start your design out. Once you choose your door, go from there with completing your design.
2. Adds Wreaths and Doormats
Your new front door looks amazing! But now it needs a touch of your personality. Add a wreath and a doormat to the outside of your entryway. Wreaths are a great way to give your front door that personality you’re looking for.
And, wreaths come in many designs for every season! You can switch them up for different times of the year, making it, even more, inviting for each season. Doormats help to ward off any loose dirt and debris from the bottoms of your shoes and your guests’ shoes.
They help keep the inside of your entryway clean, and they also add to the personality factor. Find something that matches the style of your door and possibly something that’s neutral for each season. That way, you won’t have to worry about switching out the mat each time the seasons change.
3. Organize and Declutter
Finally, it’s time to move inside. Begin to organize and declutter everything. This is the first step in creating the welcoming entryway that you desire. Because most entryways are small spaces, you don’t want to leave any items there that aren’t a necessity.
Remove all items that aren’t used regularly. Then, you want to organize the items that you do need to keep by the door so that you don’t make the space look smaller than it is. Consider buying organizers to help you keep everything in its place.
If your entryway doesn’t have a closet, then you can purchase a chest, a coat hanger, or storage bins to keep things clean and tidy.
4. Consider an Accent Lamp
You’ll want to keep your entryway nice and bright. This helps when needing to find the right pair of shoes to slip into. And, the brighter a space is, the larger it looks and feels.
Consider placing an accent lamp near your entryway. It gives the area character, and it brightens it. Place it on your entryway table and be sure to keep it lit at night as well.
When you and your guests arrive at your home during the evening, the entry lamp will provide enough light to see where you’re going. You can purchase lamps with timers set on them to turn on and off during specific times. This is ideal for placing your lamp in its new home and not having to worry about it afterward.
5. Use Fun Decor Items
Just because your entryway is a small area that you probably don’t spend much time in, doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with it. Use fun decor items to show that you’ve given your entryway much thought. This is the perfect place to show off your fun and quirky furniture items.
If you have enough space for it, place a side table here. Hang a creative mirror over the side table. Mirrors give the illusion that a room is bigger than it actually is. And, you can check your hair before you leave the house!
Just remember to keep things at a minimum. You want the area to remain uncluttered, so don’t add too many decor items as the space will soon begin to shrink.
6. Put Together a Seating Area
If you have enough room in your entryway for a seating area, it’s highly recommended. The entryway is normally the place where we either take off or put on our shoes. Having a piece of furniture to sit on while doing so makes the process much easier.
You and your guests alike will appreciate a quaint entry bench. Seating also creates a warm and homey feeling for everyone. If you don’t have room for a bench, you can purchase a stool that fits under your entryway table!
7. Go Bold with Paint
Go bold with paint if you dare! Paint is cheap and can go a long way if done right. The first thing you’ll want to consider is your entryway’s design or style.
Then, choose a paint color or design that matches. For example, you can paint the back of your front door to match that fun and creative mirror that you hung. You can also use paint to create different patterns such as stripes on the walls surrounding the entryway only.
This separates the entryway from the rest of the house making it its own unique area.
Creating a Welcoming Entryway Is Easy!
Don’t feel overwhelmed by the idea of giving your entryway a makeover. Creating a welcoming entryway is simple when you follow these 7 helpful tips above! Have fun with it and get to creating!
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