Friday, September 28, 2012

Tips to Revamp Your Entryway

It's the first room and the last impression guests have of your home.  It's the area that welcomes you after a long day at work.  It's more than just the door into your home but rather the transition from the outside world into your private sanctuary. It should be warm, welcoming and an environment that makes you love coming home.

While the structure of your home will define the area, style and personalization make it inviting.  Here are a few ideas for creating an entryway with a lasting impression.

A runner from the door that extends into your sanctuary is like laying down the red carpet for you and your guests.  It adds warmth to the tile or flooring while adding color and a layer of protection for your floors.  Be sure to make sure that the rug allows the door to open and close freely without bunching or creating a tripping hazard.

Artful Decoration
Customize the foyer wall with flashes of color, groupings of mirrors or creative artwork. This is where you can set the style and personality for your home.  It could be anything from framed wallpaper scraps to pictures of old signs from your last roadtrip. Not sure where to start? Try this DIY entryway art idea from Little Green Bow using free online software. Click here for tips on how to hang art.

Create a Nook
If you have the space in your entryway, add a table, a bookcase or plush chair to add comfort and style to the entrance of your home.  Get creative and find innovative uses for vintage or older furniture such as an old nightstand that can be painted a bright color or reclaimed wood that can be used for a bench.

Add Color
As with any room of the house, a little big of color can have a big impact on a room. Whether you go with a neutral palette or bold colors, paint will add style and a bit of drama to your foyer.  Get DIY painting tips or advice on how to choose paint (including dark colors).

Light It Up
Add ambience and an inviting glow to your foyer with a stylish chandelier or unique table lamp. Selecting which one to go with will depend largely on the amount of floor space you have and existing decor.  For those with a slightly smaller area, such as a hallway, an overhead pendant or chandelier type lighting would maximize the light effect while minimizing the floor usage.  It may also be feasible to use both to create a welcoming glow for your guests.

Organize With Style
It is easy for the entryway to the home to become the dumping ground for backpacks, keys, shoes and other daily necessities.  To help keep this space functional and orderly, it is easy to accessorize with some stylish solutions. Put a shoe rack or shelf near the door to keep your floors free of dirt, mud or other outdoor elements.  A vintage or homemade memo board for shopping lists, important papers or keepsakes such as the DIY Memo Board from Shanty 2 Chic.  Also, consider a variety of hooks, racks or bins for reducing the amount of clutter and belongings that seems to crowd the entryway.

This can be a fun project to work on but will go a long way towards adding to the comfort of your home.  There is no wrong way when it comes to stylizing the entryway.  Be creative. Be bold. But mostly, make it something you love coming home to at the end of the day.

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posted by Jennifer Adams Design Group Blog @ 11:21 AM 


Anonymous jill said...

Interestingly I have a deep passion about looking glass so I'm very happy to see the classic glass with the white cool frame. It's placed wonderfully on the red-white wall. Thanks for putting a nice post.
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September 29, 2012 at 3:56 AM  

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