First impressions are very important. When guests come to your home for the first time, give them favorable first impressions about your house by welcoming them to a beautiful entryway.

Likewise when you get to your home every day after a long exhausting work day, welcome yourself to a serene house from the very first moment.

Here are a few tips to design an entryway that not only creates a warm welcome to your guests, but also gives you a nice welcome back every day.

Clear the clutter

Clear the clutter

No cluttered space ever looks welcoming!

So your first step to decorating a nice welcoming entryway is to clear all clutter.

Even if you choose minimal decoration, your entryway will look more spacious and more appealing just by leaving it clear of clutter.

Get a rug

Get a rug

Leaving the floor bare makes the space look colder; a nice colorful rug adds brightness, softness and warmth.

One more benefit to rugs is that they help define the space.

However, when choosing a rug for an entryway, make sure to get something fairly flat so that the door can easily open and close over it.

And consider cost versus durability. For instance, if you choose an old antique rug you get excellent quality that can probably handle a lot of wear and tear, but this quality comes with a high price tag.

On the other hand, if you choose something cheaper, it might not be nearly as durable but it will not be nearly as expensive. You can easily replace a cheap rug when it starts to wear down.

Add a mirror on the wall

Add a mirror on the wall

A mirror makes the space look more spacious and it adds more light as well.

Moreover, a mirror gives you a chance to check your appearance before you go out and it also gives your guests a chance to do so before they go in if they want.

Create a drop zone

Create a drop zone

Having a dedicated, organized and stylish drop zone for all of your daily needs will keep the space looking neat at all times.

A spot to drop your keys, hang your coat and keep everything you will need for the next day right where you left it is invaluable.

Even if you do not have enough space for a closet in your entryway you can still find solutions to keep the place orderly.

Try a narrow console table for tight hallways as a place to drop your keys or leave your outgoing mail, and hang some hooks on the wall for coats and bags.

A docking station to charge all your electronics can also be very useful here.

Have a seat

Have a seat

Add form and function by adding a place to sit wherein you and your family can sit down to take off your shoes before you enter the house, or put your boats before you go out.

There are interesting seating arrangements you can look at and find something that suits both your needs and the available space.

Let your walls tell a story

Let your walls tell a story

Create an interesting story by decorating the walls of your entryway with family photos, they always make guests feel at home and get conversations started.

There is something incredible about real framed photos in the age of digital ones; they bring back memories and evoke a sense of time and place in a way digital pictures just cannot.

Hanging an intriguing piece of art can accomplish the same goal as well. Whether you choose a big painting or a series of small ones, art always creates an interesting focal point.

Light it up

Light it up

Entryways rarely ever get natural light, if yours is blessed with some then be thankful for that, and celebrate it by letting the curtains open and letting the light in.

But if not, no problem, just make sure to choose a nice lighting fixture to make it more open and inviting.

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