Tips to Creating a Welcoming Entryway

Layer in light. In this relatively small space, a beautiful lantern, table lamp and / or sconce create different lighting options for different moods. The lamp and mirror each add a unique style to the space in addition to the glow. In this space, the amount of windows also helps bring light in during the daytime hours.
Provide an artful story.   Provide an artful story. Even if an entry space is small, it doesn’t mean you can’t make a big statement. Some homes are bold and chic right from the entryway. 

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Get the scale right.  A grand foyer with one tiny table is a sad state of affairs. In this beautiful entryway, a large console table, a bench, a mirror and sconces stand up to the large space and architectural elements such as the columns. In addition, accents like the antique crock, bin of flowers, umbrella stand and throw pillows add personality..

You have only one chance to make a first impression. So it’s important that the entry to your house is welcoming to guests, reflects your personal style and makes you feel happy and comfortable as soon as you walk through the door. This space sets the tone for the rest of your home.

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Foreshadow your home's style.  In this photo, the interior designer used wood, iron and other rustic textures throughout this relaxed retreat. Using this mix at the entry sets the tone and lets visitors know exactly what they are walking into.

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Go bold.  Primary colors provide an exciting entrance. While a the oars nod to nautical style, the geometric rug and bright colors are unexpected and playful.
Add a rug. Sometimes the dimensions of an entry seem tricky for a rug. But the floor is a great place to add pattern, color and softness. Because an entry is a high-traffic area, pick a rug that’s durable enough to stand up to heavy use.”

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Provide a place for stuff to land. A dresser, chest or console table with drawers will help you keep the entry from becoming cluttered whether you need to ditch mail, keys or gloves.nal styles.
Go bold.  Dazzle with wallpaper. This entryway to a circa-1900 house in Providence, Rhode Island, needed to respect the architecture but also to suit the homeowners’ chic personal styles.

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Provide a transition. In this entry, a stone floor, furniture and rich wood provide an easy transitional zone between indoors and out.

excerpt from Becky Harris, Houzz contributor

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