6 Ways to Upgrade Your Entryway

It’s funny how one of the most important spaces in your home can often be the most overlooked. The entryway tends to be a place where you just hang your coat, toss your keys into a bowl and take off your shoes – yet this is the first thing your guests see when they enter your home. Doesn’t sound very welcoming, does it?

It may be small and it may be humble, but your entryway is crucial when it comes to making a good first impression. Here are a few easy ways to transform your entryway into something unforgettable.

1. Front Door Fix

Don’t neglect your front door. Even the nicest home on the block can look a little “blah” with a subpar front door. A stand out shape, unique color or interesting finish can make a door the focal point of your exterior and transform the entire look of your home. For example, if your house is painted in a basic beige, grey or white, choose a brightly colored door to complement the subdued exterior.

 

Have a small, dark entryway? Choose a door with a big window or multiple panes of glass to let more natural light in. This will help the space appear bigger and offer a brighter first impression to your guests.

2. Change up Your Hardware

Looking for a quick change? Update the hardware! By switching out handles, locks and door knockers, you can easily change the look of a simple door from traditional to modern or from boring to eclectic.

 

Sure, they are a little old fashioned, but I love the drama of a big, heavy door knocker. Historically, door knockers have symbolized everything from the faith to the business or trade of the people in the home. This piece of hardware doesn’t carry as much meaning these days, but it is a great way to show off your personality and the things you love. Keep it simple, keep it classy, but definitely go big or go home.

3. Turn up the Heat

 

Although radiant heat flooring is most often seen in bathrooms, we’re starting to see these systems used in other spaces. For tile, stone and hardwood entryways, this is a fabulous upgrade that will make your family and guests love you, especially if you live in a cold climate or in the mountains like I do. Radiant heated floors are also a bonus if you prefer to go shoe-free. I guarantee that no one will be complaining once their feet hit that warm floor! Talk about a good first impression.

4. Make Way for Color

 

I always say that a bright coat of paint is the best way to update any space. It’s budget friendly, reversible and nothing will transform your mood faster than a new color. I love the idea of a bold, painted entryway that makes your mouth drop open. This is an opportunity to make an impact. If you don’t want to go with a bright purple, yellow, orange, red or green, think about your entry as the beginning of a progression of color. Here, you can set the tone and build up to bolder color choices. Or, you could try the gradual approach with a darker entry that gives way to lighter colors to make the space seem bigger.

5. Mood Lighting

 

Adding a dramatic light fixture or lamp is like that final piece of jewelry on a perfect outfit. Light fixtures pull double duty. They serve to create a more inviting space and set the mood for the rest of your home. You already know about the dramatic chandelier approach, but don’t feel obligated to go the traditional route. If a chandelier seems too formal, pick a conversation piece. Choose something modern, witty, colorful or edgy. If you don’t have space for a big fixture, a really cool accent lamp, or even some clever wall sconces, will do the trick.

6. Accessorize

Accessorizing is the most fun part of updating your entryway. Whether you’re working with a completely bare space or you’re adding a few new items, this is your chance to let your personality shine through. Add a mirror, a unique work of art, a narrow console table or a vase with fresh flowers. If you have enough space, you can even add a few pieces of furniture to create a small seating area.

 

I love incorporating closet-style organizational elements to eliminate the clutter craziness. Hooks, shoe storage and even that little bowl of keys can all easily be contained. Get creative here with storage boxes, bookshelves, cubes, cubbies and lockers.

You spend so much time designing and decorating your home – don’t let the entryway be an afterthought! This is your chance to give your guests a little sneak preview into your style. Try a few of these simple upgrades and your entryway will be looking phenomenal in no time.

 

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About thenoelteam

As a Broker with RE/MAX Alliance, I work energetically for my clients whether they are a buyer or seller. I help you achieve your goal of owning a home or getting the best price for your home in the shortest time possible. After graduating from UCLA with a degree in communications and finance, I was licensed in 1977 and since then I have sold over 3600 properties amounting to over $1 billion in sales. I currently rank in the top 10 in home sales for Colorado. I offer the same quality of service and superior communication to all clients, ranging from starter homes to multi-million dollar estates, commercial and income properties, relocations and foreclosures My goal is to provide you with the best representation possible whether you are buying or selling. Over the years, one of the things that I've discovered is that there is a difference in the way individual Realtors do business. For me, I have always felt that honesty and personal integrity are the foundations upon which a successful business and career are built and sustained. I have an extensive background and knowledge base in real estate, including financing, which has enabled me to provide outstanding, quality advice and service not found with many agents today. My commitment to communication creates a positive relationship between my client and myself that results in a successful property sale or purchase. My passion for real estate, commitment to my clients and personal integrity has helped me to achieve success placing me in the top 1% of all brokers in nationwide. In my career, I have earned a number of awards and received considerable recognition for my success but the most significant recognition comes from the fact that over 75% of my business comes from past clients. My success is a true measure of my client satisfaction.
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