When it comes to your home, your entryway is your chance to make a good first impression. Here are a few tips from interior design experts on how to best welcome your guests.
First of all, clear the cobwebs from around the front door, and if your door mat is worn, replace it, says professional home stager Jamie DeBartolomeis, of Centennial, Colo. Homeowners often enter their home through the garage, and dont see what guests see.
The front door makes a statement about your home, and doors without sidelights or windows arent inviting, DeBartolomeis says. They can feel like a barrier between you and your guests, she adds. If you cant change the door, add welcoming accessories such as flowers or a bench. And seasonal touches, such as pumpkins and mums for the fall, add interest to the front of your home.
Once guests step inside, they should be greeted, underfoot, by an area rug, says Kate Byer, a designer in Portland, Ore. This defines the space and helps keep dirt from traveling into the home, she says.
Byer also recommends adding a mirror and a bench or chair in the foyer or near the door. The mirror is decorative and functional, giving you and your guest an opportunity for a quick check. And I like to offer a clear indication of where to set a purse, bag or coat. A bench or single chair accommodates this need.
Design aside, Byer says displaying good old-fashioned manners is the best way to make guests feel at home. Be sure to take a moment to welcome them, she says. Hospitality is never out of style.