Every home’s entryway provides the perfect opportunity for a grand entrance, no matter if the space is grandiose, compact, or even practically non-existent.  A well-designed entryway is a carefully constructed blend of form and function, offering family and friends a warm welcome, while also providing must-haves that help you make good first impressions. Here are some of our favorite finds to provide a proper welcome to one and all.

LIGHT IT UP

Never underestimate the power of a carefully chosen light fixture or two. Start with a stylish overhead light, like a dramatic pendantOpens in a new window, to bathe the area in a warm glow. Then, provided there’s room for a table, add a lamp to provide another layer of light.

 

SPICE UP THE WALL

What’s an entryway without a wall mirrorOpens in a new window? Not only are they pretty, but they’re practical in a couple of different ways. First, they offer an opportunity for that last-minute glance before dashing out the door; and second, they open up your entryway, reflecting light and space for a more inviting feel. If you prefer canvas over glass, opt for artwork you love – it’s the first thing you and guests see when entering your home, so it should reflect your taste and sense of style.

HAVE A SEAT

Every entrywayOpens in a new window could do with a place where you can unpack your day. Whether it’s a seat to remove shoes, a table to harbor everyday essentials, or both, let the size of your entry determine your choices. A small bench is perfect for compact foyers, offering a seat as well as hidden storage space to keep things tidy.

HAT CHECK

If organization is a problem, consider a coat rack. These are especially useful if you’re not blessed with a coat closet. Choosing a coat rack that fits neatly in a corner keeps coats and bags out of the way so you can keep your entryway neat and guest-ready.

COLOR DOWN UNDER

Placing a rugOpens in a new windowon the floor is a terrific way to add color and texture, but choose carefully. You need a rug that can withstand foot traffic as well as whatever your family and guests drag in, from rain and mud to slush and snow. When choosing your rug, consider the vertical clearance space between the bottom of your door and the floor. You don’t want your door to rub on the rug every time it opens and closes. And don’t be afraid of color. It’s the perfect way to add a dash of warmth, making every homecoming a happy one.