Is your entryway as welcoming and functional as it could be? This is the first impression visitors have of your home, and it's a room you will pass through on a daily basis. So how can you make yours better and more enjoyable? Here are a few do's and don'ts.
Do Make It Spacious
The last thing you want is to feel cramped as soon as you step into the house. So if you have a small space to work with, be sure the walking path is as wide as possible and avoid closing in the entryway. Use the vertical spaces on walls for practical elements, such as by hanging hooks rather than adding a coat rack. Mirrors and good lighting will also help it feel larger.
Don't Forget the Storage
Whether your entryway is large or small, it should include some storage. Think of this area as a landing and takeoff spot for family and friends. What might you want to take off when you arrive? Keys, phone, mail, coats, scarves, boots, purses, or more? Create storage — both long-term and short-term — for all the little details people use coming and going.
Do Give It a Pop
Even though this area is small and must serve a functional purpose, give it something to distinguish it and make it come alive for visitors. Look for a single focal point element that expresses your personality and style and which fits with the size of the available entryway space. It could be anything from an accent wall to a fluffy rug to a hanging pendant lamp.
Don't Go Overboard
The best entry area is almost always the simplest one. Start with a clear space, then consider each element you want to introduce. Each item should contribute to the entryway in both functional and aesthetic ways. A large, eclectic mirror, for example, can serve triple duty — as a focal point, a practical way to check your appearance when you leave, and a way to increase natural lighting.
Do Transition Into the Home
The entryway is a bridge from the outside world into your home. So it should feel connected and cohesive with the rest of your interior design. This often includes using a shared color palette, repeating motifs or patterns, and using the same period or style of furnishings as surrounding rooms.
Where to Start
Not sure how to apply these do's and don'ts into your own entryway? Start by meeting with an interior design company in your area. With their experience, you'll find the perfect way to craft an introduction to your home that will wow visitors and family alike.