Refreshing Tips to Level Up Your Home’s Entryway
An entryway welcomes any visitor to a house, so it should make a good first impression. And it doesn’t only welcome guests; it also receives you after a long day at work. You won’t understand the importance of sprucing it up until you come home to a gloomy, cluttered entryway after a bad day.
Here are refreshing ideas for a bright, happy entryway to please the family and the guests.
Tips to Spruce Up Your Home’s Entryway
We can imagine some Filipinos homes having toolboxes, broken umbrellas, old side mirrors, dried-up or infested plants, a spare tire, barrels for rainwater, old unused slippers, and filthy rugs outside the front door. Too relatable? Guide guests from the street or driveway to your front door with a clearly marked and well-maintained path that’s around 3 to 4 feet wide, enough for two people to walk in the house side by side. Free the path of unsightly clutter! Give the doormat a shake after the holiday season, or consider finding a new one to welcome your guests.
If your entryway feels like a black hole even during the day, adding a supersize mirror will amplify natural light and give the illusion of space. Use a focal point and angle your mirrors toward it to give the illusion of depth. Mirrors also reflect both outdoor and artificial lighting to brighten up the entryway during the day and night and bounce light deep into the room where the lights are off, making it appear larger. Paint the mirror’s frame with a clean, crisp white for added brightness.
A runner draws guests into your home the way a red carpet does. Keep it clear of furniture and clutter so the space has a feeling of openness. However, don’t let it extend the entire length of the hallway. You want to be sure that the front door can open freely. A clever trick you might love if you’d rather skip washing and cleaning a dirty runner is faking a runner by painting one on the floor! Pick a soft hue that matches the walls.
Brighter wall colors
You might want to make a huge change to the look of your home’s entryway by painting a new color to your walls. Choose a color that offers a warm welcome to your guests the second they walk through the door. Real Simple magazine suggested a bold shade of red. For a subtle approach, you can also consider taupe or lemon.
The small space may not allow much standing décor, so you have to take advantage of your walls. Even a single piece of art can give an entryway the punch it needs if it’s the right one. Unused wallpapers can also be framed eclectically and displayed in different sizes side by side. For a personalized touch, fill shadow boxes with vacation memorabilia, photos, and postcards.
If the space allows it, tuck in a matching table and chair for a much cozier feel. A bench for your guests to sit and remove their shoes also makes an inviting touch. But you can still provide a small stool if your space is cramped, according to Apartment Therapy. Your personal interior decorator can help you strategically place it so that it doesn’t take up too much room.
Say goodbye to your old, dim 1990s light fixture and welcome much more modern lighting that can offer a powerful visual effect. For overhead lighting, you may suspend a pendant or modern chandelier in such a height that does not interfere with your walking space. A minimalist table lamp can be added for an inviting glow.
The key is to keep the entryway bright and free of mess and space-consuming furniture. Organize muddy shoes outside and immediately clean them once they’re dry.
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