The entryway or foyer of your new custom home conveys an important first impression to your guests. For homeowners bent on making it a great first impression, designers at ElleDecor.com suggest seven easy ways to make an entryway look larger, brighter, and more welcoming:
A well placed mirror can instantly open up a space and add a luxurious feel. Splurge on a good one, framed or not as you wish, to grace your entryway for the long haul.
We've often heard it said that every room of your house should be home to a live plant, and the foyer is no exception. Nothing freshens up a room quite like a vase full of fresh flowers. Not only are they beautiful, but your entryway will smell beautiful, making a lovely first impression for any visitors. If live flowers or a plant seem like a lot to keep up with, silk flowers can do the trick. You'll just want to make sure you use the real thing when you're expecting company.
Don't be timid about playing with patterns and colors – Your entryway should reflect your personal style. Add a jolt of color, especially in a light, bright foyer, or bring in an unexpected wallpaper pattern to turn the space into something special.
PUNCH UP THE LIGHTING
Make sure the fixture you choose for your entry is something you really love. The right overhead chandelier or well-detailed wall sconces can add drama and grace to any entry.
GET A GOOD FOCAL POINT
A good statement piece can go a long way in changing the vibe of any room. It may be a patterned rug, a tufted bench, a console table or a pair of smaller tables. There should be some element in your entryway that serves as a centerpiece and sets the tone for the rest of your home.
Art brings a level of elegance to a room. A well placed piece of art, or a gallery wall of smaller pieces, can be the perfect finishing touch for an entryway that reflects your taste and style.
If you're blessed with an entryway big enough for several pieces of furniture, by all means, go for it. But if the area is on the small side, skip the console table because the area will look better with just a few small pieces. A plant stand and a mirror may be all that is needed to dress up a small entry.