How to Decorate Your Foyer (Quick tips!)
- Express yourself and your unique style
- Use a console or accent table to draw the eye
- Brighten the space with lighting or mirrors
- Accessorize the space with a little personality
Our friend and fellow blogger Sand & Sisal is back to share a few a undersea treasures and decorating tricks from our latest wave in the Coastal Cottage Collection! Keep reading to learn how this decorating insider uses a few of her favorite coastal finds to pull together an entryway that expresses her signature look.
Did you know that most people make their first impressions of a home within 3.5 seconds of walking into a home? You might be thinking… what is your home’s first impression? Or how do you even create the appearance of a warm and welcome space in such a short period of time? Don’t let your style be shy because decorating an entryway is easier than you think! Here are four simple ways to create a welcoming entryway for a fabulous first impression.
Step 1| Express Yourself and Your Style
The entryway of your home should reflect your personal decorating style. Is your style farmhouse, mid-century modern, traditional, or coastal? Mine is “coastal chic” as I like to call it. When friends walk into our entryway, they will immediately know that they are walking into a coastal-inspired home. My love for coastal decor is expressed in a mix of weathered driftwood tones, a blend of natural textures, a color palette of ocean blues, crisp sailcloth whites, and nautical accessories.
Step 2| Create a Balanced Focal Point
To give a foyer or entrywary balance and visual direction, choose a console or accent table that is proportional to the space and naturally draws the eye. For example, a round side table would look lost in my home’s soaring two-story foyer, but it might look absolutely adorable in a smaller entryway. I’ve discovered what works best for my space is this two-tiered driftwood and black iron console table that not only fits the floor plan, but allows for a substantial display of accessories and additional storage if desired.
Step 3| Brighten the Space
The easiest way to brighten an entryway and welcome guests into your home is with a spectacular, decorative mirror. Mirrors not only give the illusion of enlarging the space but they also reflect the beauty of the outdoors and magnify the light during both the day and at night. Choose a mirror the way you would choose a piece of art. It should be bold, beautiful, and unique. (Not to mention you can check your appearance before heading out!) 🙂
If you choose a piece of art or wall hanging in lieu of a decorative mirror, then consider adding two small table lamps to illuminate the space. You can also use additional lighting sources, like candles, to set the ambiance for a warm and welcoming entryway!
Step 4| Accessorize Your Space with Personality
Now comes the fun part! Time to accessorize your entryway and show off your personality! Avoid the desire to clutter the area with all your favorite nick-knacks. When decorating an entryway, keep in mind less is more. Choose a small collection of accessories that work well with each other. Limit your decorative display to only two or three colors and two neutrals hues for balance. Don’t forget to mix textures like glass, wood, natural woven materials and ceramics. It’s the cohesive color scheme and multiplying that is essential to creating the overall design.
Just remember, the key to making your entryway welcoming is like making a fabulous first impression with friends. It’s about not taking yourself (and your home) too seriously. So make everybody smile and add a bit of whimsy! This little driftwood whale adds just the right amount of character to my coastal chic space.
For the finishing touch, every space needs something LIVING! This is best achieved with plants. Ok, so you might be the total brown thumb and wither every plant you touch. Don’t worry! Faux and preserved plants can be just as beautiful with no watering required.
Sand and Sisal’s Coastal Cottage picks:Ivory Coral Statue, Boxwood Topiary Arrangement, White Ceramic Sea Horse Planter,White Conch Shell Figurine (similar here) , Blue Anchor Orb, Coastal Blue Bottle Vases, and Distressed White Wood Whale
Is your home feeling warmer and more welcoming yet? Now that your know the four simple steps to creating an entryway, it’s time to invite some guests over and share your style!