How to make a grand entrance(way)

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Garnet Hill - Decorating an Entryway

First impressions are important. The entryway, mudroom, and foyer greet visitors as they enter your home, and are ideal spots to make lasting first impressions. Here are a few of our favorite tips for making an entranceway inviting.

1. Start with the right rug and make a big, bold statement.
Color and pattern are crucial, but don’t forget to maximize the impact by selecting the right size and shape. Go long and lean with a runner if your room is narrow, or maybe something round to dress a square space. Let the proportions enhance your decorating scheme; fill the space with a single rug, or use multiple rugs to selectively highlight design elements.

2. Treat the walls next, adding key focal points to define the space.
A large-scale piece of artwork, a series of smaller photographs or prints, a mirror with a distinctive shape and frame — all command attention and dress a stark wall with style. We recommend a chunky-framed mirror because it adds an architectural element while refracting the light and making the space appear larger.

3. Selecting the right furniture pieces does more than enhance the look.
Something with cabinets, drawers, or space underneath will catch and corral clutter and provide a place to keep shoes neatly out of the way. We love a bench with storage baskets under the seat to keep things conveniently within grasp right by the door — and it provides a spot to sit and put your shoes on.

4. Think form AND function — you really can have the best of both worlds.
Copper-finish boot trays and patterned Water Guard doormats not only keep the area neat and clean, they’re attractive and they work with other decor to complete the look.

5. Change things up to greet the season at the door.
If you want to give your home a new look for the season or maximize the impact of holiday decorating, focus attention on the entryway. The fresh greens of a spring floor plant, autumn foliage on a wreath, or an Advent calendar and garland around Christmas time…it’s all fresh and festive.

For more decorating inspiration, explore our entire home collection. What elements would you add to your dream entryway to make a grand entrance?