How to Create a Grand Entrance in Your Home

Photo Credit:Amy Kalikow

There’s nothing like the warm and welcoming feeling you get when you walk through your front door. After all, your entryway is the gateway to your home and should set the tone for the entire space. And regardless of whether your space is on a large—or intimate—scale, designing a grand entryway is the perfect way to say “welcome” while creating a “wow” factor of a first impression. Get ready to be inspired as our design specialists offer some “grand” ways to reimagine your entryway.

It’s all about the rug and runner

When it comes to elevating an entryway, a spectacular stair runner can transform your space into a grand and romantic setting. Stair runners come in a variety of styles, colors, textures, and patterns, so whether you choose a subtle traditional look or unleash your wild side with an animal pattern, your staircase is the perfect place to show your style.

Designer tip: An entryway area rug that fits seamlessly with your stair runner makes a huge statement. Try adding an area rug with a custom shape. It can be subtle or dramatic and either way will add elevated style to your entryway. It’s truly a touch of design that will stop guests in their tracks.

Photo Credit: Blake and Emily Interiors
Photo Credit: Blake and Emily Interiors

 Inviting entryway tables

One of the first things you see—and use—when you enter a home is an entryway table. Whether it’s used as a place to show off cool collectibles or drop your keys and mail, a stylish entryway table is a must-have to make the space welcoming. Don’t have space for an entryway table? A small chest of drawers, an end table, or even a cool nightstand works well to define the space and give your entryway character.

Designer tip: To create that “grand” look, style your table with items of varying height and scale. For example, a vase of fresh flowers is the perfect way to say “welcome,” as it sets the tone for a peaceful setting. Try pairing it with a favorite bowl or a stack of books for an inviting touch. Also, a cool lamp always complements an entryway table nicely. Not only does it cast a glow in the evening hours but also adds a cozy vibe to your space.

Photo Credit: Annie Mandelkern Interiors
Photo Credit: Blake and Emily Interiors

Curated wall décor—and more

One of the best ways to create a grand entrance is to let your walls speak for themselves. Artwork, murals, and wallpaper can curate some of the most inspiring and welcoming entryways. As another bonus, adding seating to your home’s entryway can make it more function-forward and inviting.

Designer tip: Wall art is one of the most powerful ways to display your personality. Whichever form you choose, be sure you love it—especially if you choose to go with wallpaper or a mural. For artwork or mirrors that will be hung above a console or table, a good rule of thumb is to hang these at eye level.

Savvy hidden storage

A statement piece—with storage—is a clever addition to your grand entryway. (And who couldn’t use more storage?) Whether you choose a traditional piece or an abstract design, adding a console with storage is smart way to add style and functionality to your entryway.

Designer tip: Using baskets and containers are easy ways for keeping loose items organized and out of the way when stored inside consoles or entryway cabinets. (Think seasonal items such as winter hats, scarves, and gloves or even holiday items.)

Photo Credit: LT Design Studios

While we’re on that topic, are you looking for some holiday inspiration? Check out our blog for easy and elegant ways to make your home “holiday-beautiful” this season.

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