Make a Lasting Impression with Your Entryway

They say you never get a second chance to make a first impression.  The entrance into your home is no exception to that statement.  Whether you are hosting a dinner party or you are surprised by an unexpected guest, here are a few tips to help you impress your guests upon their arrival.

entry foyer examples

Tip #1: Don’t forget the exterior

Before ever stepping foot into your entryway, guests will see the exterior of your home first.  Whether or not you have extravagant landscaping or a cozy front porch, you can make your home feel welcoming from the outside.  Adding a touch of greenery with a live plant or a small bench by the front door can give your home the touch of hospitality you are looking for and make guests comfortable before they ring the doorbell.  Having sufficient lighting on the walkway up to your door is another way to make your visitors feel safe and relaxed.

entry landscaping and porch

Tip #2: Have a seat

If you have room, adding a place to sit can be a welcoming feature to both guests and your immediate family.  It is nice to have a place to sit and take your shoes off as you come in the door, or put them on when you leave.  Benches with storage underneath may be ideal, as you can use that space to store shoes.  This not only gives you a cozy feeling, but may save your floors from weathering the messes those shoes track in, as well!

home entryway with bench and storage

Tip #3: Get organized

Having storage for more than shoes can clean up the common clutter of your entryway.  Coat storage can be easily accomplished with hooks as opposed to a bulky coat rack and save space.  Umbrellas, purses, and other miscellaneous items may hang from those hooks, as well.  Consider a table, cabinet, or landing strip for the storage of smaller items, such as keys, wallets, and mobile devices.  Store hats, scarves, and other items in drawers or cloth boxes.

organized entry design

Use these quick and easy tips to help your entryway work for you.  Not only will you be able to organize some of the front door clutter, but you and your guests will feel the warmth in style upon entering your door.  Welcome home!

This post was written by Leanne.

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  1. Anonymous2:33 PM

    The entryway bench and shelf look like the Samantha Entryway Collection at Pottery Barn. I haven't seen that cabinet. Could you share where you got the photo and where we could find that set?

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