Does your entry say “Welcome!”?

Your entryway makes a statement that can define the look of the rest of your home. It’s the first impression your guests get and it sets the tone for the look and feeling exuded by your living room, kitchen, bedrooms and other gathering spaces around your house.

Because it can make such a major impact, decorating the entryway is a task that shouldn’t fall under the radar — in fact, it’s one that should be on the top of your priority list. While you should be selective to avoid cluttering the space, you should embrace the opportunity to make a personal statement.

Here are a few of our favorite tips for decorating an entryway:

Design an entryway that flows with the rest of the house.

1. Choose a color scheme that complements — or matches — the rest of your home

While this place in your home is the opportune area to make a statement, that doesn’t mean it should stick out like a sore thumb in comparison to the rest of your house. The entryway tends to flow seamlessly into another room, so choosing a similar color scheme is a critical step to connecting the dots. Remember, this doesn’t mean that it has to follow the same pattern, colors and textures, rather, it should be complementary to the rest of your living space (or at least the first floor.)

2. Play around with patterns and textures
Making that initial unforgettable impression can be easily achievable if you incorporate patterns and textures into a space that could be otherwise dull and forgettable. Something as simple as replacing hardwood floor with something more thrilling and attention-grabbing like sleek and modern tile can make the statement you’re looking for. Attractive stair runners invite you in and welcome you to stay a while. Attractive wallcovering can be just the thing to add dimension and warmth

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A textured wall can make a major statement in the entryway.

3. Have fun with a statement piece
We all know that the easiest way to make a statement is with a piece of artwork, furniture or other accessories that does all of the talking for the room. We suggest taking the risk with a gorgeous chandelier, an attractive centerpiece table, a console table or a stunning chest. Of course, finding the best statement piece for your entryway will rely heavily on the amount of space you have to begin with. The prior suggestions may work best for someone with a large entryway over anyone who has a more narrow space to work with.

A homeowner with a smaller entryway may consider a different route for a statement piece. For example, an exquisite lamp or set of sconces, gorgeous artwork or a large decorative mirror can make a bold statement with little effort.

 

Embellish the space with artwork to give a personal touch.

Decorating this transitional space can be intimidating, especially if you have various ideas that you think you need to cut back on. If you’re in a state of limbo but you’re anxious to start the process of refreshing your entry, I’d be happy to offer some inspiration!

 

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