How to Create a Welcoming Entry

by Karianne WoodApril 13, 2017

The front entry is where it all starts. It is the first thing your guests see. It’s the first impression you create when welcoming friends and family into your home. Don’t overlook the potential right inside your front door. Here are some easy tips and ideas to create a welcoming entry.

Help your house put its best foot forward.

Begin with your front door

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Many times, we enter the house through the back door or garage and forget about the impression the front door makes. Don’t. Take a few minutes to ensure your front door is ready for unexpected guests. Make sure to dust off the front door and surrounding moldings on a regular basis. Nothing says unwelcome more than layers of spider webs. Add a wreath, house numbers, and proper lighting to the front entrance to add instant front door appeal.

Set the space apart with a wall treatment

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You want to set the front entry apart from other rooms. One simple way to accomplish this is with a different shade of paint on the walls or a coordinating wall treatment. Here, the stripes on this entry wall give the space personality, setting it apart from the dining and living room. You can also create a similar look with a wall stencil. In addition, removable wallpaper is a great option.

Add furnishings

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Furnish the front entry for guests. Add creative wall art and an oversized chalkboard to write welcome messages to your guests. A small rug, a whimsical chandelier, and a small table all help to create the impression of a welcoming space for visitors. Tuck a small side chair in the corner of the room as a place to sit and remove shoes or store purses.

Organize the space

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Create a simple wood organizer like this one right inside the front door. To make this project, you’ll need a 10” pine board and wire baskets. Simply attach the baskets securely to the wood and then hang the organizer on the wall. Make sure the baskets are spaced apart to allow ample room for storage. Then, add a small notepad for delivery instructions, a small container for pencils and a place for keys. You can also add a basket as a catch-all for last-minute errand items.

The key to creating a warm and welcoming entry is to organize it, furnish it and add a little personality to the front door. With these easy steps, your guests will feel welcome from the very first step.


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About The Author
Karianne Wood
KariAnne writes the lifestyle blog, Thistlewood Farm, from the back porch of her turn-of-the-century farmhouse in the beautiful rolling hills of Kentucky. Thistlewood Farm was awarded Country Living Decorating blog of the year as well as named one of the top 10 decorating blogs by Better Homes and Gardens. KariAnne loves to paint mismatched chairs, listen to the crickets singing in the back pasture, walk hand-in-hand with her knight-in-shining armor as the sun sets over the river and drink sweet tea with lime during a thunderstorm. And she has never met a decorating project she didn't like.

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