Does your entry speak to who you are? Does it make the best first impression?

 

The entry is the first place most of us see when we arrive home and it is typically how guests are introduced to your home. Sadly, it is often neglected as we put most of our time and energy into designing our main living spaces. If you want to make a great first impression, it is important to design holistically and think about how the entry sets the tone for your whole home.

 

1- Make a Statement

 

In any space, it is important to create a visual conversation by making a design statement. In an entry, this can take the form of bold wallpaper, an interesting light fixture, or fantastic art. Don’t be afraid to go BOLD if you truly love a piece, a fabric or are inspired by an amazing tile or wallpaper pattern!

 

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Elegant Foyer in Dumfries, Virginia

Design by Lotus + Lilac Design Studio 

 

2- Keep it Organized!

 

Having a place to contain your clutter makes for a very organized and welcoming entry. Baskets for shoes, drawers for wallets, hooks for keys, etc.

 

I know what you are thinking… organization doesn’t sound very exciting. How does that add to the overall ambiance in a space?

 

Believe me, your foyer’s design could be drop dead gorgeous! However, if you don’t have a place to put your keys, wallet, shoes, bag, etc. it is going to end up looking like an utter mess. Having place for all of your stuff leaves the space clean and inviting, which ultimately makes your daily life easier!

 

We had limited space to work with in this Lake House entry. We needed a spot for keys, shoes and possibly bags. It was important for this area to define the space as an entry, but also to coordinate with the rest of the open concept living area. We added baskets for flip flops, a rack for keys and a console table that had drawers for additional hidden storage. It also features a capiz stool for removing shoes… which I will get to later in this post!

 

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Relaxing Lake Living in Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia

E-design project by Lotus and Lilac Design

 

3- Add Interesting Lighting

 

Sconces, chandeliers, and table lamps add ambiance and create artistic interest in an entry. Lighting is essential in any space, but it is often an overlooked opportunity to for the space to truly embody your style. Be BOLD- make a statement with your lighting! I love to think of lighting as jewelry for the space!

 

This succession of cubes creates such a statement. It is a large fixture which is appropriate for the high ceiling, but it still feels light and open due to the nature of the fixture. The gold tone is perfect against the clean white back drop. I bet it shimmers when the sunlight shines through that window- gorgeous!

 

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Large geometric chandelier in entry

Design by Brooke Wagner Design

 

4- Seating

 

Incorporating seating in the entry is a welcoming addition to the space. It cultivates a warm and inviting vibe and of course is also functional for removing your shoes.

 

The natural woven material on the bench below adds an organic vibe to the elegant foyer. The texture adds a layer to the space, but keeps the focus on the beautiful chandelier and ceiling. Let’s be honest, that ceiling is the real star here. The rest of the pieces are supporting cast members.

 

Berwick Project

Design by Studio Lifestyle

 

5- Add a Personal Touch!

 

Most importantly, make sure the space really feels like home. Adding a cherished heirloom or an artifact from traveling can make the space feel unique and truly reflect your personality!

 

We love the use of the juju hats in this space for added texture and interest all while keeping the space light!

 

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Design by House Seven Design

 

We hope you enjoyed this post on creating a welcoming entry! If you are struggling with finding a way for your space to function and embody your style, don’t hesitate to reach out hello@lotusandlilacdesign.com. We would love to help you create a functional and beautiful entry!

 

Happy Designing!

 

 

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