When it comes to your home, the prime "first impression zone" is your entryway or foyer. If you honestly look at your home's entryway and don't have pleasant, welcoming thoughts, assume guests coming into your living space won't either – even if they don't say so out loud. However, if you make an effort to give your entryway more of a "wow" factor you'll absolutely be making the right kind of first impression when company comes knocking. Here are five tips to help you get started.
1. Brighten Things Up
What's the point of sprucing up an entryway if there's not enough illumination to really make it eye-catching? If you have a foyer that's dark, a quick and affordable way to liven it up is with creative lighting. Chandeliers or pendant lights, for example, provide a touch of elegance. Lantern-style pendant lights are especially pleasing if you want to create an instant focal point within your home's main entrance point.
2. Provide a Place to Park It
Make your entryway more inviting by strategically placing some seating options within this space. There are plenty of small chairs or padded bench-style seats that could fit perfectly in a foyer. Go a bit further and match your seating pieces with the furniture that's in your living room. The coordination will create a more even flow from your home's entrance to the rest of its interior features.
3. Add Some Pizzazz to Your Walls
There's only so much space to work with in a typical entryway, so turn your attention to the walls! If you are really limited on space and light, mirrors can create the illusion of a larger entrance area while also reflecting natural light from nearby windows. Entryway walls also become less boring with wallpaper or contrasting colors if you prefer paint instead. Another option is to use one of your foyer's walls as an accent wall. Possibilities include a single huge painting or mural and unique textures like stone or wood.
4. Transform Your Entryway into a Mudroom
Create an entryway that's functional and visually appealing at the same time by turning it into a mudroom. This is a great option if you live in an area with a lot of rain or snow. Plus, your guests will appreciate having a neat, orderly place to put their coats, boats, umbrellas, shoes, and other outdoor accessories when they enter your home. And you'll appreciate not having mud, dirt, and other icky stuff tracked into the nicer parts of your home!
5. Don't Forget Your Exteriors
No matter how much your spruced up entryway rocks it's not going to have that full "wow" factor if the area immediately outside isn't all that impressive. So, consider investing in some landscape updates, especially if there are obvious issues you've been meaning to get around to. Even being more mindful of lawn weed control and routine yard maintenance can make a big difference. Speaking of adjacent areas, don't forget your patio or porch either!
What's great about entryway updates like the ones discussed here is the ability to make either minor or major spruces based on what's right for your budget and immediate needs or preferences. You can even spread your updates out over time if you want to go at a more casual pace.