Make an Entrance: why first impressions matter!
Think about the last time you were greeted by someone as you entered their home. Maybe they offered you a drink or showed you to the living room. Whatever the case, their front entrance was undoubtedly important in setting the tone for the rest of their space. The same is true for your own home - your entrance is one of the first things people see and can make a big impression. Here are some tips on how to make your home's entrance look its best!
Clear the clutter!
Your home is your sanctuary; a place where you can relax and feel at ease. But what if your home is cluttered and feels anything but peaceful? A cluttered home can be overwhelming and make it difficult to find items when you need them. More importantly, a cluttered home makes a bad first impression on visitors. If you want your home to feel inviting and organised from the outset, it's important to keep the entry clutter-free. Organise your foyer or entry space so that it is fresh and clean, with no unnecessary items hanging about. This will give guests to your home the impression that you are organised and take pride in your space. In addition, decluttering will make your home feel more spacious and welcoming, plus reduce your anxiety when the doorbell rings unannounced.
It’s not all about guests!
The tone of your home is important not just for guests, but also for you and your family. The right tone can make you feel relaxed, safe and joyous. It can also help to set the mood for entertaining and create an inviting space for friends and family. When considering the tone of your home, think about the overall feel you want to create and start from the front door! Do you want a relaxed vibe or a more formal atmosphere? Are you looking to create a cozy retreat or a spacious oasis? What’s important to you? Once you've determined the tone you want to set, take a look at your furnishings and décor and make sure they are reflected in the entrance to your home. Do they reflect the mood you're going for? If not, it may be time to make some changes. With a little effort, you can easily create the perfect tone for your home.
Add your personal signature!
Brigette Romanek, an interior designer based in Los Angeles, says that your entrance should reflect your personality and be a reflection of your style. "Your entryway is a preview of what's to come inside your home," she says. "Make sure it speaks to your personal aesthetic." Romanek recommends adding a rug or runner to help define the area and consider a mirror to help reflect light and make the space feel larger. She also suggests adding some plants or flowers to help bring life into your home. Whatever you do, make sure your entrance is a space that you enjoy coming home to, that is a clear reflection of who YOU ARE and what you love.
That moment when you open the front door is important. It sets the tone for what guests can expect when they enter and it's also the first space you see when you come home. Whether you want to create a calm and relaxing environment or an energetic and fun space, be sure to infuse your personality into every room in your house, starting with the entryway. By following these tips, you can elevate your everyday by creating a welcoming and stylish entrance to your home.