What does your front entrance say about you?
Wed August 02, 2017
Do you think you have to have your home decorated to perfection? In the lounge, the gallery wall is situated just right and the throw pillows match the curtains. In the kitchen you have every detail down to the flower arrangement looking like it belongs in a magazine. But what about your front entrance? Your entryway might not get the most time spent in it, but it's still an important part of your home and shouldn't be overlooked. No pressure, but your home's entryway is your guests' first impression of not just your home, but you as well!
Today, we analyse a couple of signature entryways and what they say to your guests when they enter your home (and what it says about you).
A barren front entrance
This entryway doesn't have a lot going on, maybe there's a welcome mat, maybe there isn't, but either way it's a simple place. Having a barren hallway might seem clean, but in reality it comes across as unfinished and unwelcoming to your guests.
A shoe infested front entrance
There's no better feeling in the world than getting home and kicking your shoes off, we get it. But you might want to reconsider leaving them there. Shoes lining the walls can shrink the entryway and make you and your guests feel like the room is closing in on them. If you want to keep your shoes by the front door, consider finding a storage chest to keep them concealed from your guests.
A kids playroom font entrance
When kids come in from playing outside, or get home from school, the front entryway is usually where they end up dumping their belongings. Whether that be their backpacks or sporting equipment, this has the same effect as a pile of shoes. It's a total clutter zone that makes the space feel smaller and even a little dirty. Find an alternative place for kids equipment so it doesn't sully guests' impression of your home.
Let's help you design a welcoming layout.
How to make a welcoming front entrance
Now that you see how important it is to put some effort into your entryway, let's help you design a welcoming layout.
First, you have to consider the colour as this has a subconscious influence on the way we perceive things. In general, you want to avoid (or at least use in moderation) darker colours in your hallway, as these can come across uninviting. Lighter colours are the way to go if you want to enhance the feeling of welcome guests get when they walk in.
If you want to avoid a barren looking entrance to your home, you have to get to decorating. An entryway should always have a welcome mat or runner to help contain dirt as well as make the room feel warmer. Like we alluded to earlier, you want to keep the space as clutter free as possible. Consider finding a unique storage space to help contain the chaos at the front door. And don't forget to accessorise accordingly. The front entrance is a great place to show your style and flaunt your family. Create a gallery wall of family pictures and stylish art.
If you can get some plants in there, that's a great way to style as well - just be sure to water the plant as a dead one could have the opposite effect.
Here at Laing+Simmons, we want to help you find the perfect home with the perfect front entrance to welcome your guests. Just contact our team today!