There's nothing like a first impression, and a polished entryway will give off a great one when guests step foot in your home. Luckily, you can change the look of your entryway more often than other rooms, because all it takes are a few changes and additions to complete a makeover. Now is the perfect time to do so, thanks to the festive season and the visitors who come with it. We've gathered some photos and products that we think are perfect for a fabulous Fall entryway, and we hope you'll be just as inspired as we are!
This is one of those rooms that seemed to take forever to finally finish — that is, if I ever really thought any of my rooms were actually finished!
We moved into our new home a few years ago, and I knew one of the first projects I wanted to tackle was my laundry room. Other than a utility sink that was falling apart, the room was empty.
Here's a little corner of the room. Notice the two-toned paint treatment that didn't match the walls.
Here's the corner now . . .
Keep reading for another reveal from this renovation project
Update a lackluster entrance by adorning your door with an eye-catching door knocker and a fresh coat of paint. Like jewelry for your home, door knockers are a simple way to dress up an entrance. And since it's the first thing guests will see before entering your home, experiment with bolder options that give a taste of your personality and decorating style.
Entryways tend to be smaller, but that doesn't make them any less important — after all, the foyer is a guest's first impression of your home. For that reason, it's worth your time to design an entryway that nicely reflects your style. Not sure where to start? Follow these quick tips to create a foyer that's both functional and well-decorated year-round:
- Go with a statement piece. The easiest way to have a major impact is to choose a unique focal point that visitors will notice right away. A gorgeous mirror is a practical pick, since it allows you to have one last look-over before walking out the door. Other ideas include a large work of art, a striking armoire, or a colorful chair.
- Consider your storage options. Are you regularly grabbing keys, hats, or gloves as you leave? Choose a piece of furniture that suits your habits, whether that's a tall chest of drawers or a tiny table to hold your essentials. If you live in a climate with four seasons, think about your Winter storage needs before making any purchases.
- Don't forget seating. A chair of some kind is crucial for practical reasons — putting on shoes, waiting guests — but don't choose just any chair: pick one that embodies your personal style. Since there's little else to coordinate with, this is a great place to indulge your creativity and buy a chair that perfectly represents your taste.
- Set the mood with lighting. A chandelier strikes a much different note than, say, a table lamp. Since you're dealing with a smaller space, every piece of furniture matters, so pick one that says something. For a fun, eclectic look, try a stark contrast, like a gold, contemporary floor lamp with a rustic wooden table.
- Leave space for extras. Don't crowd your foyer with unnecessary knickknacks because you'll need that space for all those random items that you end up tossing aside as soon as you walk in. Prevent a mess before it starts by leaving ample room for everyday accessories.
- Make simple seasonal swaps. As the months change, so does your decor. The easiest, neatest way to transition your entryway? Rather than adding to the space, trade pieces — one in, one out. Some examples: a Winter boot tray, a Spring umbrella rack, or a Summer picnic basket. That way you don't have to add extra clutter, just exchange your pieces for other, more seasonally appropriate items.
Do you have any tips for decorating a foyer? Share them in the comments!
Last year I showed off my foyer to CasaSugar. In case you forgot here's what it looked like. I liked how it turned out but I've been obsessed with black doors and trim for awhile. Well, painting all the doors and trim in my house would be a major project — I thought perhaps I'd just paint my front door in the foyer.
This is how it turned out!
I really liked how it turned out, the drapery and rug really seem to pop a bit more! If you'd like to see how I added some winter items to the space, please feel free to stop by House To Your Home!
It has taken a little while (as in a year and half after we moved in) to decorate my entry foyer. First impressions and all had me kind of nervous. I wanted to give guests a glimpse of my family's personality. I also wanted our entry to rise up and greet us when we arrive home. I wanted something fun that would make us smile as we're walking through the front door. With all of those ideas swirling around in my head, this is what I did.
A little magnetic primer and chalkboard paint was all I needed. A vintage chair was given the gold treatment with the help of a some spray paint. This makes my family smile and sets the tone with our guests. It's the number-one rule at our house! For all the specifics head over to my blog — Our Fifth House!
Have you been doing any decorating lately? Be sure to share photos with the Su Casa group!
A floor mat isn't just a practical necessity. It's the very first impression someone gets of your home, so why not make a stylish statement? Maybe you're lucky enough to have a home with a long and winding entry, or maybe your front door floor mat is the only detail of your space's exterior you're able to individualize as you see fit. Either way, a design-inspired floor mat is a welcoming addition to any space. I always notice when someone has something that stands apart from the standard, tired-looking mat at their door.
I love the majestic monarch rug on Butterfly Orange Rug ($57) from Liora Manne. The detail is exquisite and the shape is anything but traditional. And there's nothing more warm or welcoming than that beautiful butterfly's burnt orange hue. I also love the bright colored symmetrical circles of the Step Lively Polka Dots Doormat ($45). It's a modern and fun option I'd love to see at someone's door before I ring their bell. But my favorite has got to be that whimsy Hippo Door Mat ($34) by Droog. Talk about a quirky and welcoming surprise.
While there are a plethora of options for the material used to create a gorgeous indoor rug for your front door, you'll need a mat that will stand up to the dirty shoes crossing over your threshold. I've pulled some sweet options for every budget!
I revamped the entryway to our house in order to make it more welcoming for guests. I also wanted to create a more modern look. The doormat tiles are from Ikea and the planters are made from concrete blocks, planted with succulents.
Our foyer was seriously lacking in charm and welcoming warmth. I love the table, but there needs to be something above it. Enter thrift store frames and DIY art. Also, we tore out some built-ins to open up the foyer.