3 Tips for a More Inviting Entryway

Country Milk Jug Welcome Metal Wall Sculpture

Country Milk Jug Welcome Metal Wall Sculpture

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. When someone walks into your home, what is the first thing they see? In some homes it’s a pile of shoes or backpacks haphazardly tossed aside when the kids get home from school. Other homes have entryways that second as mudrooms. There are coat racks, galoshes and umbrellas gathered for convenience. While these entry areas may be practical, they do nothing for the Feng Shui of the home.

The entrance of your home sets the tone for your home, the atmosphere and mood. It can make visitors feel welcome, or it can make them feel as though they should come back at a more convenient time. Here are some tips for creating a more welcoming entryway.

Simplify

With rare exception, interior designers will tell you that less is more. Less clutter, fewer knick-knacks and furniture not arranged in such a way as to create an obstacle course that must be navigated. That applies to every room, but especially to the entrance. Your guests should not stumble over shoes or be bombarded visually as they enter your home. Have just one focal point that draws them in.

Draw guests in

When you open the door to receive guests, the goal should be for guests to hug your neck or shake your hand, and as they look over your shoulder into the residence, their eyes should be drawn to the focal point with intrigue or curiosity. For that reason, the focal point, if possible, should be facing the door without blocking the walkway to the rest of the house.

Edinburgh Monogrammed Personalized Metal Door Topper

Edinburgh Monogrammed Personalized Metal Door Topper

Hang welcome signs, metal art décor or a beautiful chandelier in the foyer. Or place a small, unusual furniture piece, like a decorative table, against the wall with a vase, small sculpture or flower arrangement on top. A rug that leads into the home can be the focal point in smaller entryways, provided it’s not just a tool for cleaning off your shoes.

Bejeweled Pottery Metal Wall Sculpture

Bejeweled Pottery Metal Wall Sculpture

Peace versus chaos

As guests enter your home, they should feel like they’re entering a safe portal and arriving at a place of refuge. If, instead, they enter into a cluttered obstacle course of confusion, there is more likely to be a sense of chaos, even if all around them is quiet. They can be overwhelmed by noise, by visual stimuli or by having to squeeze by furniture or coats to get to the living area of the home. Proper Feng Shui is as simple as imagining you are standing at your front door with a large pail of water. If you were to dump the water, would it have a clear path through your home, or would it have to flow around corners, over shoes and baskets and under the sofa?

Vineyard Blessings Scrolled Handcrafted Metal Wall Wine Rack

Vineyard Blessings Scrolled Handcrafted Metal Wall Wine Rack

Home décor is not complicated when you remember that less is more and create a simple focal point in your entry. Consider rustic metal wall art ideas, antique frames or contemporary lighting as your entry focal points.

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