“An entry is like a great party invitation: it sets the tone for what’s to come.”
– Tobi Fairley, Be Your Own Decorator
The entryway is an often overlooked space in one’s home. This should not be the case as it sets a first impression, or an image, of what you and your home are like.
The homeowner gets used to using the garage entrance and often does not give a second thought to creating a welcoming atmosphere for their guests. In reality, the entry space is a great opportunity for creativity and style. Often it is a small space, so your budget will be significantly smaller than furnishing a room. In addition, you don’t have to live in this space everyday, so you can use this area to experiment and go with something less neutral.
Here are some inspiring spaces for making a creative entryway:
In these first few photos, the homeowners have invested (a significant amount I would say) into adding architectural character to their entryways with the use of millwork, but little in the way of furnishings and accents.
And don’t think you have to invest beaucoup dollars to make an impact, here is a simple update one blogger showcased to improve the look of a dated entry hall:
If you don’t want to invest that much money, or permanence, into your entryway, a second idea would be to use an interesting wallpaper as a way to add character:
And finally, if you aren’t planning on staying in your home for very long, you can still make a stylish impact with the use of a console, art or mirror and some great lamps. Here are a few examples of cost effective ways to punch up your entryway, and you can take every bit of it with you if you move:
I love this last entry and honestly it is a very affordable, yet stylish solution. Don’t overlook your entry way as a space to make a welcoming impression for your guests.