It’s no secret that your entryway is one of the first places a guest will see upon visiting your home. Of course, your front yard and parking area will be seen as well, but upon entering your actual house, your entryway will make the first impression – whether good or bad. Having a homey or cozy entrance to your house makes a remarkable difference in creating a warm first impression that instantly puts your guests at ease.
One nice thing about remodeling your entryway is that it’s often a smaller and more “doable” area of your house, and it doesn’t give you that “challenging” feeling like you’re going in for a “big one”. It’s more attainable within a shorter period of time and this can be very encouraging to a DIYer that faces difficulty in finishing bigger more complex projects.
Of course, many entryways are rather big, and may open right up to your living room! In fact, most entryways in the west are built like this, in which case, I would focus on the area you would see as you walk up to your front door as well as the adjoining wall as you enter. Little things can go a long way in making your home that warm and comfortable place we enjoy at the end of a hard day.
But honestly, if there was one room or section of the house I would invest in, it would be my entryway. Set the style for the rest of your house by taking one baby-step at a time – starting with your entryway. There are many styles you can choose from, but personally, I divide everything into 2 main kinds:
1. Wooden look. Also known as the “rustic” look, this style utilizes material like tongue and groove boards for the walls, brownish carpet squares or tiles for the floors, rustic wall lights and interior deco etc.
2. Stone look. Also known as the “pale” look, this style incorporates painted or stuccoed walls and trimming, light-colored stone or tiles, maybe some sculptures, and a overall more Gothic image. Generally, this style might be more associated with the higher-class, although there are exceptions to this. The “wooden” look can be made to look absolutely beautiful and even “luxurious” as well, but the biggest difference is perhaps the price of materials and craftsmanship.
Obviously, these are VERY broad categories, but I do this to simplify the hundreds of styles out there, and make deciding what to go for somewhat easier. Once you can pinpoint the general feel of your home, you can more easily move on to the details and what exact style you want for your home.