Your entryway is the place that welcomes you home each day and makes the first impression on your guests. Whether your home has an immense foyer or not much of an entry space at all, the designers at Gary Riggs Home have a few ideas to help you create a welcoming entryway.

Define the Area.

How you decorate your home’s entryway depends largely on its size and visual perspective. Foyers that are well defined by walls, a hallway, doorways or flooring changes make it easier to determine how much area you have to work with. But even if the front door opens to the living area with little to no real “entryway,” there are ways to make the space more distinct by arranging a hall tree, folding screen, library table, sofa or floating cabinet to define the area. If you want to keep the space open, try hanging a mirror or wall-mounted shelves near the door.

Add Some Color

Color can effectively convey the ambiance of your home to those who enter. A bold color like red exudes a warm welcome, while a soft color like mint creates a serene feel. Remember, pale, cool colors help make a small room feel larger, while dark, more intense colors give a sense of coziness to a large room. Also, if you use color on the walls, make sure it transitions well to adjacent rooms.

Consider Functional Accessories

Adding functional items to a foyer doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice beauty. Place a wide brightly colored bowl or small decoratively hinged chest on a table, dresser or shelves to store keys, sunglasses and other items needed for trips outside. A tall brass or porcelain vase on the floor can hold umbrellas, and a large wicker basket under a console table allows for out-of-sight storage of mittens, hats, dog leashes and other necessities.

On the Wall

For some, a mirror is the most important element in a foyer. Mirrors not only provide a decorative touch, but also help make an area feel bigger and more open. In addition, mirrors give you the opportunity to check your appearance before heading out the front door. If you decide against a mirror or have some extra wall space, hang a piece of artwork that welcomes visitors and embodies the spirit of the rest of the house. Avoid placing family photos in the entryway—something so personal is best reserved for more private spaces.

Light It Up

Lighting in the entryway is important for safety, but it can also enhance your décor and create visual drama. A chandelier or pendant ceiling light brightens the walking space, while a slim table lamp or contemporary floor lamp casts an inviting glow. Decorate with metallic accessories to reflect the light and movement in the room. 

Don’t Forget the Floor

Floors should be silent when you walk into a house. Putting down a rug at the entrance quiets things down and warms up space. Depending on your entryway, you can use a large area rug, a small throw rug, or a long runner to lead guests into the home. Ensure the rug has a non-skid bottom to prevent anyone from falling.

The entryway should reflect your home’s character while providing a welcoming environment for family and guests. The Gary Riggs Home design staff will help you create a beautiful entryway you’ll be proud of.