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Make an Entrance: 5 Designer Tips for an Inviting Entryway

While often overlooked, your entryway is the first thing guests see when they enter your home, so it's essential to make a good impression. But what should you do to make your entryway look its best? Here are some design tips to help you get started:

1. Define the Space

Defining a front entryway can be tricky, especially if you live in an open-concept home. You can let visitors know where the entry ends, and the home begins through color and furniture. A well-placed cabinet or table gives you a place to set keys and clearly delineates your entry from the rest of your home. Entryway too small for furniture? Use a bold accent wall or wallpaper to bring attention to the entry without taking up any space.

2. Define Your Style

Your entryway presents the perfect opportunity to define your style. While it might be a smaller area, you can take advantage of wall and ceiling space to bring in some drama. A statement chandelier, for example, can set the tone for your home while adding a "wow" factor. A favorite painting or photo display can add some interest to the walls while giving visitors an idea of what's important to you.

3. Cut the Clutter

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Because an entryway is a landing place for kids, guests, and pets, it's really easy for piles to stack up. Be sure to think about how you use the space daily: if you tend to take off your coat and shoes when you walk in the door, make sure they have a place to go, especially if you don't have a coat closet nearby. A couple of hooks in the entry would be handy to hang jackets and bags, while a stylish bin can be the place to stash shoes out of the way and out of sight.

4. Take a Seat

One of the most important things your entryway needs is a place to sit to give you and your guests a convenient location to slip on shoes. Pro tip: a storage bench can double as a solution for shoes to help cut the clutter.

5. Mirror, mirror

Entryways can often be pretty tight in homes and suffer from a lack of light. The solution? Place a mirror in the space to bounce some brightness by angling a mirror directly across the nearest light source. Even if you don't have a nearby light source, a mirror will still make your entry feel larger and airier.

So, what are you waiting for? Start designing your dream entryway today! It's the perfect way to make a great first impression on guests and set the tone for the rest of your home. If you need help getting started, connect with Spaces by Juliana today for expert advice on the ideal entryway space for your home!


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