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7 House Entrance Design Ideas

Make a grand entrance for your guests with these easy-to-do tips


Creating a strong point of entry in your porch or foyer won’t only make your guests feel welcome – they might not want to leave, too!

Photographed by Jun Pinzon.

Complete your entrance setup.

Have a doormat ready to take away the grime and dust off your shoes. Opt for ones made of hemp as they’re eco-friendly and sturdier than the cotton ones.

Bonus Tip: A stool or a small chair near the entrance is helpful for laying down stuff as you fumble for your keys or as a seat while waiting for a ride.

Go with green.

Dress up a sad front door with a palmera or a seifrizii palm, which both work well in a shaded area. A narrow entryway, on the other hand, can count on sansevieria to lend a sharp, architectural detail to the space. Go for ferns and irises if you prefer a softer impression.

Let light lead the way.

If you can’t add an electrical outlet for a wall sconce, have a wall-mounted candleholder instead. It is simpler to install and the glow from the candles add a dramatic touch to the main door.

Reminder: Never leave lit candles unattended.

Try a vintage appeal.

How about adding a quirky detail? Browse through secondhand shops for vintage hardware like this knocker.

Catch their attention with a well-thought-out foyer.

A foyer or a landing pad isn’t complete without a console table for surface storage and catchalls. For compact spaces, a slim side table would do. Console tables are front door filters, so get a table with drawers for storage for bags, old bills, and random stuff.

Add a charming touch.

Stash notepads and pens in a multi-compartment vessel such as this Chinese jewelry box for jotting down quick birthday greetings or making grocery lists just before you step out of the house.

Keep your valuables organized.

Station a cookie tray or any multi-tiered container on a table in the foyer to hold keys, coins, and other little things that always get misplaced or end up littering your house.


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