And it is important that you try to make this space as welcoming as possible.
Think of it as a Book Cover - when you see a book, sometimes, you buy it just because the cover looks interesting right? Same thing with your home, the entry sort of pre-empts the anticipation of what's in store further inside. It gives your guests a glimpse of WHO lives there, WHAT they may be like and of course, tells them HOW welcome they are.
Here are a few examples of how you can create your own welcoming entry.
|Pictures tell their story|
|For small spaces - via Martha Stewart Living|
2) The one above is a perfect example of how to make a small entry in a small space or very narrow hallway. Kevin Sharkey made this so simple - a hanging shelf + 4 mirrors + some interesting objects + A small seat underneath + basket for scarves, jackets, bag, etc. = Simple & practical glam
|My personal favorite|
|Solution for no overhead light|
4) If you don't have any overhead lighting entry - this is the perfect example of how you can evoke warmth to your small space. Smart use of floor lamps here, and again, the flowers, plus the picture with some decorative objects & lucite stool, creates a lovely perch to anyone who comes in.
|Entry with interesting walls|
|Family-friendly entry via Wisteria|
|Gorgeous entry by Lauren Liess|
9) The one above is from one of my favorite bloggers Lauren Liess. This is her actual home and I love how she made it feel cozy despite the huge tall walls. The gold frames just evokes classic romance with it's pop of orange on the door gives you a good jolt of energy and vibrance. You also see the mirror with a small shelf and the narrow bench in the corner, practical, simple and does not try to catch attention away from the wall art. I also love that she used natural fiber rug in this entry - so practical if you have pets or kids, or a very, very busy entry!
|Eclectic and glammed-up|
10) If your a classic fashionista, this entry is for you. The black and white geometric floors coupled with the striped wall clearly evokes someone who is bold and daring but knows exactly when to put on the breaks. Again, a mirror, interesting objects and a chair, still brings about funtionality into its glamorous design.
|A desk in the entry? Why not!|
|Centered table in an entry - classic|
Lastly, I cannot finish this article without mentioning our own entry.
|Our eclectic entry|
I need to let you know that making an entry does not entail spending a lot of money (Our table was from Walmart, on clearance for less than $50). The mirror has a sentimental value to me. It was given by my mother, not expensive really, but just the thought of her buying it for our first home, is enough for me to place it on that important spot.
Up top, I placed an orchid, a green box (for keys, rubber bands, etc) & typography art that I recently got from TJ Maxx for $2.99, 2 brass dears from a Yard sale ($5 for the pair), a brass antique urn from Salvation Army for $3 (Yes, I made sure it was empty :-)) and clearance grey candle from TARGET for $5). The Owl ceramic umbrella stand is from TJ Maxx for $24.
|up close and personal|
Underneath I had an old shelf placed on its side where a book resides atop. I usually change this up every couple of months - I put a small lamp, pictures, otherbooks, etc.
So be playful, experiment and find out which look goes well for you and your family. I hope you are somehow inspired with these suggestions.