How To Make Your Entryway More Welcoming for Guests

The entryway is an often-overlooked part of home design and décor. If you want to make your entryway more welcoming for guests, we’ve got some helpful tips that will help give your home a great introduction.

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Layer the Lighting

Lighting is crucial as it’s the first thing guests will notice when they enter your home. If the lighting is too bright, it can feel like stepping into a spotlight, but if it’s too dark, it can feel like stepping into a cave. The best way to find the right balance is by layering the lighting.

Layering the lighting means combining functional, decorative, and natural lighting in the entryway. Since most entrances don’t have natural light, you’ll likely have to focus on practical and decorative lighting. Consider mixing and matching decorative wall sconces and lamps with ambient overhead light to create the comfortable illumination.

Lay Down Rugs & Doormats

Adding a few doormats and rugs is an excellent way to turn a cold and sterile entryway into a soft and inviting entrance to the rest of your home. If your entryway has a long passageway from the door to the rest of the house, a long and wide runner with an interesting pattern is an excellent introduction to your home.

Like with the lighting, it’s wise to balance the functional and decorative with your rugs and doormats, especially if the entryway is the direct entrance from the outside. Consider a rough and tough doormat outside the door, followed by a more decorative rug with an intricate pattern and softer textiles.

Add a Fragrance

When guests enter your home, the entryway is the first thing their senses will experience, including smell. But many entrances can have less-than-refreshing aromas since they’re where many things like footwear and jackets get stored.

That’s why the entryway is one of the places in your home that needs air fresheners! Instead of smelling household shoes and coats, you can make your entryway more welcoming for guests by introducing them to some lovely fragrances.

Install Organization

If your entryway is on the small side, you probably understand how hard it can be to make it feel organized, especially if you’ve got a lot of people in your household. With footwear, coats, and other belongings scattered about, it can create a cluttered space for guests to enter.

Adding some organization to the entryway through a row of hooks, shelves, and hanging baskets is an excellent way to declutter your entryway and maximize space. It’ll be convenient for your household and prevent guests from tripping over your things when they enter!

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