Your Entrance, Dear
You wouldn't forget to check your lipstick, perhaps add gloss, be sure your tie was straightened and shirt tucked in. First impressions.
Your entryway might not be foremost in your mind when decorating your space, but ignoring it is like leaving the house in robe and slippers. Come on! Let your home properly and cheerfully greet and say hello to the world!
It's the first place people see when they walk in your home. If our home is our theatre stage, the director would be telling us, "Don't just arrive, make an entrance!"
Even if your entryway is just a small space, it is the place for a style statement; it sets the tone for the rest of your home. Experiment here, add drama overtones, think of your entryway as the poster for a Broadway play, it's the lead that provokes thought and wonder.
In the first photograph, see above, welcome this smallest of entryways. A 3' or so scan of wall and a bit of floor space, it is perhaps not an official entryway.
Hanging a gilded mirror and a sliver of a shelf, this entryway now has a double finger snap of fresh style.
Looking at the next photograph, can you imagine the unforgivability if this entryway/hallway were merely treated as a pass through, treated merely as a hallway? No, no no no no!
It is crying out, "let me have a chance to entertain!" This type of entryway may be considered an extension, but it also is its own little haven, punch it up.
And, the last photo..... Can't you just feel the energy of this homeowner? This home I expect has new discoveries at each turn. Again, entryways aren't places where people sit for long periods of time, it's so okay to 'over-glam' it. In this photo, in this view of the room, I feel calmness from the horizontal lines of the small artwork and of the one furniture piece, the chaise lounge. I sense this distinct piece of furniture is calling out to me, to come in and rest my toes from the harsh world.
Here are a few entryway decorating ideas.~ Mirrors are great for entryways, they add dimension (and you can check your makeup as you head out the door).
~ Assure that your entryway style connects or ties in with the rest of the house
~ Think bold
~ Tables are fun, as well as a place to sit, to put on and remove shoes
~ You might want to add a place designated for daily mail or a place to place keys
~ Sometimes entryways are also mudrooms, you may need to provide for storage, or hanging of coats, etc. Keep in mind it is properly an entryway, so efficient organization is key
~ If you have the luxury of a small lamp to place on a table, when lit it is quite welcoming.
~ A vase of flowers will give a smile to both family and visitors.
Ladies and gentlemen, have fun staging your entrys.