I can’t believe I am saying this, but the holidays are here! And as you start welcoming guests into your home through the holiday season, you may start to take a good hard look at the entryway of your home. Is it welcoming? Is it a great first impression for the rest of your home?
I know you probably can’t remodel or redecorate it now and be ready in time for guests this holiday season, but you can start to think about how you would like to freshen it up so it will be “party ready” going forward into the new year.
I like to think of an entry like a fabulous invitation to a great party – it sets the tone for what’s to come. And you know when you get the most fantastic invitation ever in the mail? If you’re like me, you sure don’t want to miss that soiree, now do you? In the same way, a gorgeous entryway is a great opportunity to showcase drama, whimsy, or a sophisticated viewpoint in your home, starting right at the front door and then by drawing people in.
What can you do in your entry to really wow your guests? Think about it as another great place to showcase color and pattern, to make a bold statement. Entryways are the perfect place for dramatic wallpapers. And if there are stairs, a chic runner in a bold geometric or floral (or animal) print can be a great way to pump up the WOW factor.
But don’t forget that the entry way is attached to other spaces in your home, so it needs to be cohesive with the design of those rooms, too. The entry needs to seamlessly flow into the adjoining spaces. The goal is to enhance the design of other rooms and not fight with them.
And even if your goal is a beautiful and dramatic space, you can still offer plenty of function (you know function is one of MY main goals). So do this with tables, seating, closets and storage in your entryway if space allows.
And if you are still thinking that these are great ideas for an “after-holiday renovation,” but you want to make your guests feel excited about your entryway today, then be sure to use fresh flowers, gourds, or holiday greenery to make your entry festive and beautiful. There’s nothing I like more than gorgeous hydrangeas or tulips mixed with fresh pine and cedar. And for Thanksgiving, mixing in seasonal gourds and berries look so pretty. These natural elements bring a pop of color and smell oh-so good!
So what do you think? Have I given you any ideas on how to make a great first impression in your home? Let me know what you think in the comments below!
And I wish you and yours a fantastic holiday with your family and friends!