As the old saying goes, “you only have one chance to create a first impression”, and your front entry really is the first impression your visitors have of your home. In fact, it is the first, and the last thing you see when you pass through the front door, so it pays to set the right mood and tone.
If you’re looking to spice up your space, here are some house entrance ideas that will make this important space feel welcoming and perfectly organized, inside and out.
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Switching up your street appeal doesn’t have to be complicated. It could be as simple as including a few attention-grabbing elements, such as stylish outdoor
lighting, an eye-catching front door colour, seating or lush plantings.
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Bushes, blooms and succulents near the main entrance are an easy way to add vibrant colour. Pot them in movable planters or on rolling caddies so they
are easy to maintain and rearrange. Varying the size and shape of the containers will add interest.
You can also add a touch of sophistication to your house design by coordinating your exterior elements. Simply choose the same colour or finishes for your
doorknobs and knockers, house numbers, mailboxes, and porch lights.
There is nothing more welcoming than a beautiful, bright front door. Add a pop of personality with a bold colour that contrasts with your cladding and
trim. Gloss or semigloss paints are the most durable; their sheen holds up better against chips and scratches, and they tend to show off bolder colours
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Or why not personalise your front door hardware to add some character? This DIY project shows how to use a piece of driftwood for the door handle, perfectly suited for a home with coastal vibes.
And don’t forget to roll out the welcome mat. A great doormat can help set the tone for your front entrance. It can lift the spirits and make visitors feel instantly at home. Are you practical or creative? Why not switch up the traditional welcome message for a cool graphic. There are so many fun options you’re sure to find one that expresses your style. In addition, you could find a chic outdoor rug to layer under your coir mat. The right shape and colour can establish a visual flow from the exterior through to the interior of your home.
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Generous amounts of glass around your entry door can open up your main entrance and add architectural character. Glass signals that your house is an open, friendly place.
Installing a window like glass door creates a seamless transition from outdoors to inside. If you’d prefer more privacy, install frosted or etched glass.
Wideline fixed aluminium windows come in a wide range of frame widths and styles to suit a variety of house designs. For traditional homes, choose windows with colonial bars or double-hung windows. Modern homes look best with large glazed areas or horizontal windows.
A Wideline consultant can help you choose a window design that underscores your home's architectural style.
Create a grand entrance with glass panels on top, as well as the sides of the door.
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Remember, entry doors and windows have two faces, an exterior and an interior. It’s important to consider how the size, placement, and number of windows look from both sides.
The secret to creating a sense of orderliness and welcome is to meld function with style. No one wants to come home after a hard day’s work to a dingy space filled with clutter. Light grey or plain white walls will make your entrance feel light, airy and spacious. They also offer an excellent neutral backdrop to make your wall décor pop.
To create continuity, repeat materials found elsewhere in your home. Use the same colour on your hallway and foyer walls, and paint interior window and door frames to complement the rest of your decor.
Don’t go overboard with the decorating, choose pieces that serve a purpose and have an impact. A row of coat hooks and a high shallow shelf on one wall can keep everything from hats to handbags in their place.
A comfortable entryway bench can also be a great place to store shoes. A thoughtfully placed mirror can bounce light back into the foyer and provide a spot to check yourself out.
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Punctuating your hallway with themed prints can link your entry to the rest of you home, while one or two meaningful objects that you’ve made or found will add an extra dose of personality.
When the world outside is stressful, there is nothing more satisfying than coming home.
Whether it is to greet you and your guests, or stir the imaginations of passers-by, a great front entrance can help set a perfect tone for your home.
Talk to a Wideline consultant today. With expert window design advice and some clever organization, you’ll be well on your way to creating a memorable first impression and ensure everyone receives a warm welcome.