Although an entryway can seem like one of the least important rooms in a home, the entry point of any living area is extremely important. Not only is it the first space that the eye of a visitor beholds, but it reveals the character of the decorating that is to follow. First impressions are important; when a person enters a home they judge it within the first few seconds! Although the entrance, foyer, vestibule, or mudroom may seem like a small and insignificant space, it carries a huge responsibility.
Fortunately, entry decorating can be broken down into a few simple components: wall color, floor covering, furniture, wall decor, and lighting. Although entryways are usually restricted in size; this limitation actually works to the decorator’s advantage. The process of elimination will reduce the number of possibilities and make choices easier! For instance, some entries obviously have no space for furniture. In these situations, the style must be created entirely through the wall color, floor covering, and wall decor. No need to hunt for the perfect table lamp if there’s no room for a table!
Although it’s easy to assume that a welcoming entry should be founded on a light, neutral paint color, a dark entry can be a glamorous and dramatic choice, setting the mood for spectacular decorating! Either way, it is wise to consider the light sources into the entryway before choosing a color scheme. If natural light is sparse or non-existent, it can be difficult to use a dark wall color successfully. In these situations, artificial lighting will need to play a leading role.
Area rugs are one of the most important features of any entryway. There’s room for an area rug in even in the most limited and basic spaces. A rug has the ability to quietly support the decorating in an entry or to act as the main decorating feature. A custom area rug combined with a runner can join a foyer with a hall or staircase-linking the features, creating an inviting space, and helping to enhance the flow of movement through the area.
Finally, when decorating an entryway, consider the elements used in any finished rooms of the house. The paint colors, wall decorations, and floor coverings should all harmonize with any adjoining rooms. An entryway is the introduction to a residence. It should set the tone for what is to follow. If the design components of the entryway reflect the choices in other rooms, they’ll create a sense of continuity-unifying the areas and turning a collection of rooms into a home.