The entry is a place to drop everything from keys to coats, but it’s also the first impression your guests get when they come into your home. Staying organized while also making this area warm and welcoming can feel difficult to accomplish.
Make your entry functional and inviting by trying out 8 easy tips.
1. Storage: If you don’t have a coat closet in your entry, implement storage solutions in other creative ways. Shelves, coat hooks, baskets, and/or a small table can all help you stay organized. (Pictured property: 4189 Valley Ridge Road, Dallas)
2. Door Mats: A simple door mat on either side of your entry door is an easy and effective way to keep dirt out of our home. Plus, they come in a variety of sizes, colors, and seasonal themes that add a touch of warmth for your guests. Make sure to change them out or hose them off when they get too worn or dirty.
3. Declutter: Make a routine out of decluttering. Coats and boots can pile up, especially during colder months, so it’s best to clean up every few days. If your entry is small, remove any excess furniture that may make the area feel cramped. (Pictured property: 3831 Turtle Creek Blvd. 12E, Dallas)
4. Light: If you don’t have abundant natural light, consider adding a mirror to make your entry feel larger and brighter. If you have the space, add a few table lamps and/or a ceiling light. (Pictured property: 6933 Vista Willow, Dallas)
5. Door: A fresh coat of paint on your entry door can work wonders. A crisp white or a pop of color is an easy way to change it up and achieve a cleaner look both inside and outside.
6. Outdoor Lighting: Illuminating the exterior of your entry instantly makes your home warm and inviting. A sconce or two by the door or a pendent light on the front porch make a huge difference. You can also find a variety of solar powered options for an easy fix that brightens your walkway or any other uncovered space. (Pictured property: 7563 FM 1567, Lone Oak)
7. Numbers: Go online or to your local hardware store and pick out new address numbers for the front of your home. If you have numbers you already love, try adding a spotlight to highlight them. Allowing guests to find your home easily is the first step in making them feel welcome.
8. Front Porch: If you have front porch space, adding a potted plant, a small bench, or seasonal decor gives it personality. A touch of decor also makes the area feel finished. (Pictured property: 6153 Ellsworth, Dallas)