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Tips to make a stunning first impression in your home

  • by harmati home

It's been said that first impressions matter. If you want to make a good first impression in your home, your entryway is the place to start. Whether it's a grand house or a tiny apartment with a nook by the door, your home's entry is the first thing visitors see and the sight that welcomes you home every day. 

Entryway design trends have changed dramatically in recent years. We're seeing a lot more emphasis on practical and informal decor that’s both clean and functional. The purpose and aesthetics of a home's entryway, whether it's a modest entryway or a sophisticated foyer, must be in sync. Nowadays,  in new house design, entryways are getting a lot more attention, and people are spending more money to make their entryway space functional yet attractive. 

What if you could breathe new life into your entryway with a few simple, easy, and most importantly, budget-friendly updates? These ideas will help you create a whole new vibe and give your entryway a fresh and sophisticated look, along with making your space actually utilized. Let’s get started. 

Try new colors 

The color scheme of your home’s entryway has a huge impact on the overall  feel of the home. The color of your front door, the walls, the doormat and the furniture pieces are mainly responsible for the aesthetics of your entryway. So if you want to get a fresh look, start off with changing the colors of this space. There are different ways to decide on a color scheme and we have included a few of them here so you can choose the one that works best for your space.

  • Match your living room palette. your color palette should include one or two colors from your living room to tie it all together but it is fine to incorporate additional colors, for example, in decor pieces. If you do stick with living room colors, go a shade or two lighter or darker to get a more customized look. 
  • Experiment with wallpaper. Your entryway may not have an obvious focal point, but the right wallpaper can help you create one. In recent years, peel and stick wallpaper has progressed significantly and are available in every popular style. This type of wallpaper is best for experimenting without a long-term commitment, especially in a rental home.
  • You can never go wrong with neutrals. A neutral color scheme is timeless and will evolve with your style. We have seen neutrals continue to be a huge trend this year, especially grey tones. And if you don’t want to do a completely neutral space, you can always go with a neutral palette, and add pops of color with accent pieces. 
  • Let your rug do the talking. Adding a large rug in your entryway will make the space feel like it is designed and intended to welcome guests. You can use this rug as a statement piece and to introduce the style and colors that will be used throughout the home.
  • Use the 60-30-10 rule. This color rule breaks down the colors of the space and help you achieve a cohesive color scheme easily. Usually, the 60% or dominant color is used for walls. The 30%, also called the secondary color, is used for upholstery. The final 10%, the accent color, is used for accessories and decor. 
  • When in doubt, get to know the color wheel. To find colors that complement your chosen fabrics, finishes, and furniture, use a color wheel. The expression “opposites attract” is as true in color as it is in relationships: Hues opposite each other on the color wheel are complementary. 

Use Accessories to your advantage

Accessories are the key to adding that extra oomph to any space and your entryway is no exception. Since the entryway is the first impression friends and family will have of your home, fill this space with accessories that you love. Wall art, mirrors, your favorite plants and other small details can make a difference and help personalize the space. 

When planning what accessories to add to your foyer, think about style, functionality, color, and the mood you want to create.  Here are a few examples of accessories that are both functional and can double as a decor piece:

  • An umbrella stand is a great idea if you have space and they can add a nice decorative element. Umbrella stands are available in every color, style and material imaginable, so use your interior design style as your guide when choosing the perfect stand.
  • Outfit your entryway with a stylish tray or dish that can double as a designated spot for keys. 
  • Fresh flowers make an instant impact and add warmth and color to any space. Flowers are a lovely thing to see as soon as you walk in the door. They are also incredibly versatile in that they come in a range of colors, textures and sizes. 
  • Storage baskets are always a good investment. Handwoven jute baskets are not only trendy but also bring organic texture, warmth and opaque storage to your foyer. 

Create a Photo/gallery wall

A photo wall can personalize a space and can be an easy way to transform your entryway. Over the last few years, gallery walls or photo walls have grown increasingly popular as a simple method to update your interiors, convert plain walls, create a focal point in your house, and add some character and individuality to your space. This is a great option if you’re renting, or if you don’t want to paint your space. 

If establishing a gallery wall in your house has been on your to-do list for a while, now is the time to accomplish it. Making a gallery wall doesn't have to be difficult or time-consuming. It's all about putting your favorite pieces together in a way that reflects your taste. Experiment with a variety of wall art styles and types, such as a mix of striking block color prints, colorful patterns, typography graphics, or your favorite family pictures.

Some tips for creating the perfect gallery wall are:

  1. Hang photographs or pictures in varying shapes and sizes in a grid that is pleasing to the eye. 
  2.  Plan the layout of your frames before hanging, either with Kraft paper on the wall or by arranging them on the floor. 
  3. Place your frames at eye level, usually five feet from the floor. You can go a bit higher if your entryway has high ceilings. 

Make your entryway look spacious

If you have a small or narrow area in your entryway and you want to make it appear wider or spacious, we invite you to try these hacks. 

  • Hang or install mirrors. Mirrors will make the space appear bigger and more spacious. To create the appearance of depth, choose a focal point and tilt your mirrors toward it. Mirrors also reflect artificial and natural light, making your entryway appear brighter at all times of day and night. Our Eula Round Mirror will make your space look sophisticated and spacious at the same time while adding a modern touch with the brass hook accent. Placing a mirror near a window to reflect what's outside is a great idea and standing mirrors are an easy way to do this. Our Viv full-length mirror is a versatile piece that can be used as a wall-mounted mirror in smaller foyers or as a free-standing mirror in larger entryways in need of an eye-catching piece.
  • Keep all clutter off the floor. The more floor space you can see, the larger it will appear. So avoid leaving bags, shoes and umbrellas on the floor and cluttering up the area. Using simple storage solutions like baskets and styling them on a shelf or tucked and tidy beneath your console table will help make the space feel spacious and organized. 
  • Keep furniture to a minimum. When you're short on space, choose a functional piece of furniture like a console table or a storage bench.  Alternatively, if the space is too small for this, add some wall mounted furniture like shelves and hooks to hang coats and jackets.
  • Paint walls in a light shade. For smaller entryways, we recommend  using white or light neutral colored walls. This lighter color scheme will make your foyer feel bigger by reflecting the light.

Add Texture

If you are looking to refresh your entryway and want to make it look sophisticated and modern, one thing you must take into account is the texture.  To put it simply, adding texture means creating visual interest and you can do that in a number of ways. 

  • Roll out a rug. Choosing the right rug will add tactility on the floor, transforming the feeling of your entryway.
  •  Add Layers. Layers give a space dimension so if you are saying yes to rugs,  why not experiment with layering multiple rugs?
  • Mixing in natural materials and elements. There is something about natural, raw materials that instantly adds depth to a space. Think solid wood, rattan, stone and leather as they key materials to add a subtle richness to your foyer.
  • Add texture by displaying objects strategically. For instance, a collection of varying types of pottery displayed on a shelf or console tab;e will give your foyer more ‘texture’ or ‘visual interest’ than a single framed photo displayed in the same spot. 


Your entryway design sets the tone for the rest of your home, so you better make it count. When looking for a fresh, new look of your entryway, be experimental and bold and try stepping out of your comfort zone. Let us know if you try any of our tips, we love seeing our customers before and after home transformations.


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