You do not get a second chance to make a first impression. So when your visitor enters your room / home let that moment count. What impression do you want to make? How do you want your space to be regarded? You have 10 seconds. So rein in the clutter in your entry and let your true design aesthetic shine through.
Be sociable and inviting. A good idea is to provide somewhere to rest – a sofa, a stool, a chair – whatever your space can accommodate. You space should say hello and have a sense of entry. Plants and flowers are naturally elegant and welcoming.
Rein in the clutter. Have somewhere to place your mail, umbrellas, shoes, bags and keys. Make it interesting. Consider baskets, boxes, trays, hooks, closets.
Provide eye candy. Something interesting, pleasant and impacting for your guests to look at. A painting, a photo gallery, sculpture or some other art is appropriate here. Let it be something that is very much ‘you’. If your guests may have cause to linger or wait here, give them something admire and appreciate. A mirror is an idea for small foyers. Mirrors can visually enlarge your space and its great to have a last look before you leave your home.
Good lighting. Lighting sets the mood. I suggest you install dimmers so you can switch from bright light to low light as the mood / occasion dictates. Instead of run-of-the-mill lighting – what about a chandelier! Grand , huh?
Colour. No single factor can influence your entry decor as colour. Your entry colour(s) should complement the decor in your home. Let it set the tone for the room that your guests are most likely to enter after they exit your foyer or that they have line of sight of from your entry. It can accent, complement or introduce.
Make it all count. Just like any other room, you have decorating opportunities for floor to ceiling. Your entry door, walls, floors, ceilings and all the possible furnishings and accessories that you can add to all these surfaces … Make those first 10 seconds count. Even though you may not have the luxury of a large entry, you can have a grand impression.