9 Entryway Ideas to Make a Great First Impression

By Tikva Morrow, Hometalk

First impressions are made by your entryway. When a guest enters your home, your entryway will be the first taste they get of who you are and what makes you tick. Big or small (or nonexistent!), an entryway can be infused with personality, color and warmth. To build one that will perfectly embody you, choose a theme or idea and design your entryway around it. For inspiration, see what entryway ideas some other creative minds have come up with.

1. Country style

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Adding Country Style to Your Entryway via Hometalker Town and Country Living

Create a cute cottage atmosphere by whitewashing and distressing outdoor furniture, and bringing it into your entryway. Make sure to bring in plenty of colorful bunches of flowers from your garden.

2. Family-focused

Personal Entryway via Hometalker Jennifer Watkins-Jones

Personal Entryway via Hometalker Jennifer Watkins-Jones

Your entryway isn’t just an introduction to your home, it’s an introduction to the people who live there. Let guests get to know your family right away by bringing cleanly framed photos of vacations, special moments, and important experiences into your design. Because this only takes a wall, this is a great idea for creating an entryway where one doesn’t exist.

3. Sophisticated

A great way to give your entryway a larger, more impressive air is to add a mirror. Especially if you have a smaller area, a mirror will create the illusion of space. Also, try painting picture frames with gold or silver to add elegance and class.

4. Modern

Bubble Chandelier via Hometalker Heatherednest

Bubble Chandelier via Hometalker Heatherednest

Update your entryway and make it feel more contemporary with interesting details, like this funky fresh light fixture. It gives the entry modern brilliance and lights up the corners, making it feel more spacious.

5. Inviting

 

Inviting Entryway via Hometalker Bright Nest

Inviting Entryway via Hometalker Bright Nest

Wouldn’t it be great if your guests felt immediately at home in your house? To make guests feel instantly comfortable and welcome, make your entryway more inviting, using these tips, like displaying household treasures and infusing your room with outdoor aromas.

6. Striking

Entryway Styling via Hometalker A Home Full of Color

Entryway Styling via Hometalker A Home Full of Color

If you want to make an impression, here’s a bold way to do it! Use bright details and vivid wall colors to catch the eye. You only get one chance for a first impression; make sure it counts!

7. Bright

Entryway Before and After via Hometalker No. 29 Design

Entryway Before and After via Hometalker No. 29 Design

Because an entryway can be a very small space, keep it bright and airy by painting the walls a light color and using delicate window treatments to soften sunlight. To keep walls from looking too bland, try this Hometalker’s idea, and add a neutral colored stencil to get some variety and depth.

8. Practical

Entryway Redo on a Budget via Hometalker Jami N

Entryway Redo on a Budget via Hometalker Jami N

Your entryway isn’t just for your guests — it gets a great deal of use from your beloved family as well. To keep coats, hats and bags off the floor, add some storage to your entryway by putting in affordable batten walls with practical hooks. This way, you can keep your belongings displayed neatly on the wall, and your entryway clear and accessible.

9. One piece

Hall Bench for Entryway via Hometalker Shanty 2 Chic

Hall Bench for Entryway via Hometalker Shanty 2 Chic

Sometimes, all it takes to make a dramatic change is one piece of furniture. There’s no need to repaint or fix your flooring. Instead, find that one substantial piece, and center your design around it, enhancing it with details in the same style. For example, this bench is arranged with a throw pillow, some storage baskets and a wild display of flowery branches.

Whether you have an entryway or not, you don’t have to skimp on that first impression or the joy of walking into your lovely home. Choose your style and try an idea above, or see the Foyer topic on Hometalk for some more inspiration.

About Tikva Morrow and Hometalk
Tikva Morrow is the editor for Hometalk, the largest home and garden social network on the web. Millions of homeowners and professionals use Hometalk to share their knowledge and find credible information and sources of inspiration.

Note: This is a guest post; the views and opinions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or position of Redfin.

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