An entrance hall can rapidly fill up with all the signs of a busy family, from piles of shoes to car keys, jackets and mail. They’re all useful and necessary things, but not so visually appealing. Creating a welcoming, pretty entrance will not only clear up your clutter but entice you to keep it clean for guests. After all, the entryway sets the tone for the rest of your home.
Start with peel and stick wallpaper and a few basics to easily make your entryway more welcoming.
Make an Impression
Changing the look of your foyer’s walls, or creating an accent wall, is a quick job that leaves a big first impression. Not sure how to turn a blank wall into a work of art? Whether you go for an all-neutral palette or something with a kick, RoomMates peel and stick wallpaper is a quick and easy way to makeover your entryway.
Featured: Birch Trees Peel and Stick Wallpaper
From birch trees to stacked stone, brick or distressed wood, you can easily get the latest look wallpaper without worrying about removal. RoomMates Peel and Stick Wallpaper is easy to apply; simply remove the paper backing and then stick the wallpaper to your wall. No paste is needed; just peel and stick to install. It’s so easy to use that you can even peel it off the wall in seconds.
Step It Up With a Few Additional Tips
Nothing says “welcome” like a warm, inviting rug. While indoor door mats do collect debris, a larger area rug makes a bigger statement and does the same job. Since rug sizes and shapes vary from long, skinny runners to round, square or rectangle, you can find a rug to fit any entrance shape. An indoor-outdoor rug is a good choice near the door, as it is easily cleaned.
The pattern and color you choose go a long way to setting the mood for your foyer. Move from fun to traditional with a simple change of flooring. Don’t forget the first impression starts outside the door, so add a good doormat, too. It’s not only pretty, but it helps keep dirt outside so your home stays cleaner.
Hide the Stuff
Adding a small piece of furniture—from a painted old dresser to a brand-new storage bench is a great way to create attractive storage. Tuck shoes in cubbies or drawers. Add a piece of pottery to collect keys, wallets and sunglasses. If you don’t have a lot of room for a piece of furniture, try adding floating shelves which are narrower.
Use decorative coat hooks to corral coats, hats and umbrellas. What was once clutter now becomes part of an organized scene.
Let There Be Light
Many front doors are tucked under porches or overhangs. These keep the rain off visitors, but they also diminish the amount of natural light coming in from sidelights or glass door panels, so entryways tend to be dark.
Brighten up your newly decorated foyer with a floor lamp by a piece of furniture or tucked in the corner. Add a lamp on your table top, or use uplighting behind a potted plant. Find a way to bring in more natural light, like adding a mirror to reflect off your windows.
Using a timer to turn on your lamp at dusk each night means neither you nor guest will come into a dark room. It helps to keep your home welcoming without any effort on your part.
Finally, remember to personalize your space. Add personality with family photos, a decor piece you love or a treasure from your travels. Like other rooms in your home, your foyer should tell your story.
Lea Schneider is a professional organizer who writes for The Home Depot about home organization and decor. Lea gives lots of great tips for creating a welcoming entryway, from making sure there’s plenty of light to choosing unique wall decor to make the space stand out.