First Impressions: Tips for a Welcoming Entry

You know how Mom always told you to stand up straight and smile because you never get a second chance to make a first impression? Well, that’s yet another thing that Mom was right about. (Hey, you’re a mature adult now. Time to face the facts.) That particular adage is not only applicable to you on job interviews and dates, but to decorating your home as well.

The entry provides visitors with their first glimpse of your home. If it’s unkempt, ugly, or uninspired, no matter how lovely the rest of your house is, it gives guests an unshakable feeling about your decorating choices and housekeeping skills. Keep it neat and inviting – This is especially important (and difficult) if you don’t have a separate mudroom – and the rest of the house will follow suit.

Here’s how.

Have a place for everything and everything in its place. (Thanks, Mom – you were right about that one too!) Mudrooms and entries tend to become dumping grounds; if you have designated spots for all of your stuff, it won’t get out of hand.
An entry table provides a place to put small things like purses, phones, and keys. Plus, the right table can add that touch of flair to your entry.
Arteriors Caleigh Wood/Iron Clad Table
Arteriors Caleigh Wood/Iron Clad Table
Arteriors Pascal Iron/Glass Entry Table
Arteriors Pascal Iron/Glass Entry Table
Arteriors Butler Iron/Mirror Accent Table
Arteriors Butler Iron/Mirror Accent Table

Hang a gorgeous mirror over the table so that you can check yourself over before going out (and when coming back in).

Native Trails Tuscany Beveled Glass/Hammered Copper Mirror
Native Trails Tuscany Beveled Glass/Hammered Copper Mirror

A great bench gives residents and visitors alike somewhere to rest their weary feet and take off their shoes (especially handy if you live in a place where you wear boots for a good portion of the year).

Tuck a stylish shoe tray underneath it to complete the functionality of that bench.
Or, if you’d prefer to let the shoe rack make a statement, get one that can be the focal point of the space.
Nameeks Sarmog Floor Standing Shoe Rack
Nameeks Sarmog Floor Standing Shoe Rack
Nameeks Sarmog Floor Standing Shoe Rack
Nameeks Sarmog Floor Standing Shoe Rack

Don’t forget the coats and hats! A coat rack and some hooks let you hang all-season gear as well as bags while looking pretty and neat.

If you can, delineate your foyer as much as possible for a dramatic entrance.
Double doors keep the cold, heat, and elements contained.
A tiled section of the floor creates a defined space in an otherwise open floor plan. No rug cleaning necessary!
And if you really want to keep the mess contained, move it outside.
What steps do you take to make the right first impression?

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