Never underestimate the importance of first impressions. Your entryway is the first thing a guest sees when they step into your home, so it should shout “Welcome!” Think of your entryway or foyer as the space that sets the tone for the rest of your home.

But what if your entryway isn’t up to snuff? Instead of welcoming your guests, it may be sending off a completely different vibe. Change that!

Add some charm to this space with a few simple adjustments.

1. Clear Away Clutter

If your entryway is tight and full of clutter, it can feel overwhelming. Keep this area feeling spacious and clean by eliminating clutter and properly storing coats and shoes by your front door or in a closet. This is especially important if you don’t have a mudroom.

2. Switch to Light Curtains

If you have windows in your foyer, fit them with lighter-fabric curtains that will let in some natural sunlight. If natural lighting isn’t possible, consider adding wall lighting for a warm, soft glow. Tip: Overhead lighting can feel harsh, so avoid it unless the lighting fixture has a decorative touch such as pendant lighting or chandeliers.

3. Add Mirrors

Hanging a large mirror on the wall or above a piece of furniture is an easy way to make small entryways feel larger than they actually are. This will also make the space brighter, because mirrors will reflect light and help it bounce from wall to wall.

4. Display Treasured Items in a Tablescape

A tablescape is a tabletop display of your most cherished items arranged in an organized fashion. To make your own, push a small chest or table against the wall. Then, decorate the top of the table! The items you choose should be an extension of your personality and past experiences. Design Tip: A tablescape looks best if the accessories are different heights and shapes. We also recommend you follow the 60-30-10 rule for a color palette.

5. Infuse Inviting Aromas

There’s a reason why realtors always want the home they’re selling to smell like fresh-baked cookies! Baking scents such as vanilla and cinnamon are inviting and comforting, so they’ll make your guests feel at home. Consider keeping candles, air fresheners or reed diffusers near your entryway.

6. Bring the Outdoors In

If your front door opens directly into a living room or kitchen, large floor plants can help create the illusion of an entryway. Their presence wiill help define the space between the front door and the rest of the living area. Tip: If you have a small foyer, add small potted plants or succulents on a table or shelf.

7. Don’t Forget the Floors

If you have hardwood or tile flooring in your entryway, add some texture by laying down a floor runner or rug. This can completely transform the vibe your entryway gives off to your guests. Tip: Oriental or patterned rugs are a great choice because they tend to hide dirt and wear well.

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