You never get a second chance to make a good first impression. Regardless of your home’s style, when people come to – and go through — your front door, you want to wow them. Fortunately, that’s not as hard as you might think. Following these entryway tips can help you create that “wow” effect every time someone visits your home.
It starts with the door
Creating a grand entrance starts with the door, according to Mark Clement, a carpenter, contractor and DIY podcaster at
If you don’t want to purchase a new door, you should at least
Black is a classic color for the door. However, DiClerico says that your region of the country may determine the best color for you. For instance, you may choose hunter green for mountainous regions, or terra-cotta for desert landscapes. And if you’re handy with a paintbrush, you can do this project yourself for less than $50 in materials.
The front door is the first stop, but not the last, so you also need to consider what’s behind it. Again, paint is an important consideration. “Since the entry to a home can be a busy area, an eggshell finish is a great choice,” says Andrea Magno, a
Regarding actual colors, she says that you need to consider how your entryway color will blend with the adjacent rooms. “The color choice should coordinate with each room, making neutrals very popular for this type of space.”
However, neutral doesn’t mean that it has to be boring. “Some great choices that fall into the neutral category (but are far from boring!) are Revere Pewter, Edgecomb Gray, Balboa Mist or Manchester Tan,” she explains. “Also, don’t rule out using White Opulence or Simply White in the entry, as it will create a bright and fresh look that can be enhanced with accents through furniture, area rugs, accessories or fabrics.”
Light it up
Another tip is to layer in more lighting. “Exterior light fixtures are a chance to burnish your home’s architecture while also making the front entryway safer and more inviting,” says DiClerico. “Take advantage of existing wiring so you’re not paying an electrician to run new lines.” That should allow you to have wall- or ceiling-mounted fixtures installed for as little as $100, according to
Floor your guests
Your choice of flooring material can either add to or subtract from your goal of creating a grand entrance. “You can create beautiful and classic spaces with porcelain tiles that emulate marble and other stones,” explains
How will you use these tips to spruce up your entryway? We’d love to hear about it below.