The first thing a visitor to your home will see is the entryway. You want the entry way to be the welcome center for your home; it should be warm and inviting and is your chance to make a good first impression. The greatest tool you have in creating a welcoming atmosphere is the décor you choose for the entryway.Before decorating your entryway, consider what mood you are trying to achieve; tranquil, folksy/charming/lived in or formal and grand. Everything you use to decorate the entryway will have an effect on the atmosphere of the room.
Whether your entry way is small or large you can make use of all the space to welcome your guests. Even the smallest entry way will have room for a wonderful wicker or cast iron coat and hat stand. If you have a larger entryway, a hall tree storage bench made of rich hardwood is a great place for the family to hang their coat, sit down and take off their muddy over boots. On the way out they can easily lift the storage bench lid to find dry gloves.
For a warm, tranquil setting to greet guests as well as those who pass through the doors on a daily basis, an indoor fountain is an excellent furnishing accessory. The sound of trickling water is soothing and pleasant, sure to calm all those who come through your doors. For any art lover the entryway is the first opportunity to show off your collection and state your taste to your guests.
Even though oft ignored, lighting has a very important role in the décor of your entryway. If you desire a soothing, warm atmosphere for your entryway, employ lighting that complements the look rather than detracting from it. For a calm mood, indirect soft lighting works wonders. Displaying artwork requires lighting appropriate to showing it off, perhaps wall sconces or mini-sconce lights. If the entryway is large with a high ceiling, a chandelier would be in order. You may combine ceiling and wall lighting to achieve any mood; don’t feel you are restricted to one lighting style.
From the smallest entryway to the grandest, décor sets the mood for those entering the home. Some of the most beautiful entryways are highlighted by natural stone floors of marble, onyx and sometimes granite. Because natural stone varies and none are ever identical, each entry floor is unique when made of natural stone.
The last item is one of the most critical to defining the atmosphere of any room, rugs. No matter if your style is traditional, ultra modern or quaint; nothing does more to complete the look than your selection of rugs. Rugs serve two purposes, functional and aesthetic. Rugs protect the flooring while adding warmth, richness and beauty. Entryway rugs should be durable since they lie in high traffic areas generally. One way to save your entryway rug is to provide a good doormat outside the door for wiping feet. For a long, narrow entryway runners are the optimal solution. In rooms that are irregular shaped, use many small rugs. Use small rugs underneath entryway furniture to accentuate each piece.
First impressions are made at the entryway; make them good with area rugs, lighting and décor to suite your personality.