Let your guests know they are entering a stylish home with a lasting impression. Today’s entry styles are seemingly more functional, with bolder color enhancements that elaborate on ones own personal touches.

Mixing pieces such as a large heirloom mirror above a reclaimed wood console table with drawers helps avoid clutter, enabling one to quickly grab items while running out the door. A geometric patterned rug in an unusual shape can add an immediate splash of artistic flair. For an understated aesthetic, a classic bench with storage painted in neutral tones, makes it easier to choose seasonally colored fabrics for the cushions. Benches are functional and manage to be a piece of art as well.

Lighting is essential for a warm and inviting feel. Allow it to enhance every corner – behind baskets, umbrella stands, or photos, leaving no room for darkness while making the entire space appear larger. If your current entry is small, choose smaller table lamps or pendants with coordinating hardware to blend with the rest of the room. Sconces are growing in popularity for a finished look and free up space on your entry table. For larger sized entries, an upright chair accented with a colorful throw pillow can welcome your guests with ease and comfort.

If you come and go through your front entry more often, make it special and inviting for all who enter, for years to come.

Create an entry to reflect your personality and signal to guests there will be more WOW as they wander through your home.