Congratulations! The planning and preparations are coming together for your wedding day. You have chosen and registered items that represent the both of you for the perfect wedding. Blending your styles together in your home is also an important step to take with your new spouse. The first impression anyone sees should represent both of your styles. Now when you cross the threshold of your home together, how will the entry to your new home represent the style for both of you?
We all know the importance of making a great first impression, and the old saying doesn’t just hold true for job interviews. You really don’t want the first thing people see in your home to be a messy, misused thoughtless spot. It is important that your entryway seems planned, organized and deliberate. There is a vital combination of practicality and personality. The entry is a taste of what you’re going to get in the rest of the home.
Whether you’ve got a giant entryway with plenty of room to spare, or a door that leads directly into a tiny studio apartment, even the tiniest of foyers can become an appealing area for guests to pause and prepare to further delve into your dwelling. Walk into a well-appointed foyer and you’ll know you’ve arrived. Here are a few creative ideas to make your entrance great and grand.
Play with color. If you are able to paint it is the single least expensive way to add character. The tendency is to paint the entry a neutral color to appeal to the majority and open up the area as much as possible. However, if you are not quite brave enough to use a strong color in other spaces in your home, this is the perfect place to add that wow color. It won’t overpower as this is a space you simply pass through rather than linger. After all, this is an area that should reflect the personality of you, your spouse and family. Why not put a smile on people’s faces as they arrive?
To make a simple entry more grand, start off with some sort of surface where you can toss your keys, the mail, loose change or whatever else you pick up and drop off as you enter or exit your home. You can start with something as simple as a console table; even one that’s on the small side will give you a landing strip for your belongings. If the table has a drawer for storage even better, but if not think of baskets or bins that can easily slide underneath the table and help conceal everything from shoes to umbrellas. A table or chest is a great idea if you have the space but if you don’t, try installing a shelf or wall bracket. You’ll still get a surface area without sacrificing space.
Many foyers will have a chandelier or overhead fixture which is great, but it’s always nice to also have another light source such as a table lamp. If you come in when it’s dark it’s nice to be able to turn a soft light on right away without overwhelming your eyes with too much light. They can also create a soft and welcoming atmosphere that’s really lovely when guests come over.
If you’re lucky enough to live somewhere hot, consider installing AC over the front door so that you get a nice cool breeze as you walk in from outside. It’ll be a welcome relief every time you arrive home after being out all day, and your guests are sure to notice and appreciate it too!
A runner or rug of some kind is welcoming thanks to its softness, texture and color. Since this is a high-traffic area, choose a rug that can take the beating. A rug will also help define the space. Generally speaking the bigger the rug the bigger the space feels. If you choose a dinky rug, it will make the space feel dinky. Remember not to get something so thick the door can’t open and close over it.
On the wall, you can’t go wrong with a mirror. Most of us like to take one last look at ourselves before leaving the house. A full length mirror is great if it makes sense in your space, but otherwise hanging one over your table or shelf is perfect. Mirrors are also great because they open up the space and reflect light. In a small entryway a mirror can make a world of difference.
Create a gallery of your favorite photos. It gives a visitor an idea of the family, friends, pets, children and places that you both love and enjoy.
If there’s no closet be sure to add a coat rack or some wall hooks for hanging coats and bags.
A vase of flowers is a magnificent touch. It’s a lovely thing for you to see as soon as you walk in the door.
A bench, stool or chair is great for sitting down and slipping on or off your shoes. Even if you don’t use it, it’s a nice thing to have when guests come to visit.
An umbrella stand is a great idea if you’ve got the space. There are a lot of really nice ones available on the market and they can be an interesting decorative element. It’ll also make sure you never lose your umbrella.
If you live in a condo or apartment, you may not be able to do much to the exterior of your entryway. If you can, make the most of the first introduction people get to your home. Even something as simple as sweeping your front walkway goes a very long way toward creating a welcoming feeling. If you’re in a situation where you can paint your front door, it’s an easy way to give your façade a facelift. A high-gloss exterior paint is very dramatic. Go classic with navy or charcoal grey or really make your entry pop by selecting a color like yellow. Do something clever and interesting that screams welcome but yet talks to your own personality. Remember you’re setting the stage and helping everyone outside see a little of your personality. Give them a reason to come knocking on your door. Accessories like plants, doormats and house numbers can complete the look.
The entryway sets the scene for your home, so when decorating a foyer be sure to include things that represent both of you. Put as much thought into it as you would any other room in your home. Think about style, color, and what kind of tone and mood you want to create.
Remember the most important part of any entryway is the person’s hand that you hold while crossing the threshold.
Now it will be even easier to surround yourself in beautiful home décor.
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About the Author: Todd Russell is a professional Interior Designer with over 20 years
experience in helping couples create unique living spaces.
He can be found on his Facebook page Blue Dot Interiors.