With the holidays in full swing, it’s time to check off your entryway décor from your holiday prep list so you can officially welcome the spirit of the season into your home. This space is the first thing your guests will see and will be a tell-tale sign if of where you fall on the holiday cheer meter. We’re not saying that you have to reach Who-ville status, but we sure wouldn’t want you to end up partying with the Grinch. We can assure it won’t be a huge hassle to pack up come January, and that it’s actually quite enjoyable. Here are a few ways to have your entry in tip-top shape for holiday gatherings or hububaloo’s – whichever you fancy.
1. Lighting is Essential
First and foremost, your entry must, must, must have good lighting. It can be offputting to walk into a dark space, let alone feel welcomed when you can hardly see your hosts faces. Although this is something to consider all year-round, the holiday season is especially important to have things bright and cheery. A few things to consider when lighting your entry:
Have your fixture hanging at the right height – you do not want your guests to have to duck, but you also don’t want your fixture to be so close to the ceiling that the space feels empty or unintentional.
Depending on your ceiling height, find a fixture that fits your space proportionally. For lower ceilings, consider your flush or semi-flush mounts that illuminate the space without making it feel cramped or crowded. For a space with extra height, take advantage of the opportunity to bring in a statement pendant or chandelier into your home. As mentioned before, make sure to hang this fixture at an appropriate distance from the ceiling and floor.
Don’t be afraid to layer lighting – consider multi pendant arrangements to give the space a unique dynamism or for smaller entries, give layered lighting, with a main fixture and a set of sconces, a thought or two. Find what works best for your space.
2. Mirror, Mirror on the Wall…
A nice little trick that every homeowner should know is the one way to make your space 10x larger without knocking down a single wall…Mirrors. They will be your best friend, especially in your entryway design. Make your home feel more open and inviting the second your guests walk in the door with just a wall mirror or two. You’ll be amazed at how much space this one accent piece will bring into your entry. Depending on your style, there is a multitude of designs and styles to choose from. There are framed and frameless mirrors, some big, some small, some round, square, or rectangle, so there is certainly a mirror that is just perfect for your space. With holiday décor being brought out and about, a mirror can help keep the space still feeling open and not overwhelming.
3. Console Tables
The best way to fit in your home décor and accents into your entryway, especially during the holidays, is with a console table. This is a perfect spot for a candy dish, a decorative lamp, or a sculpture. This can also be used as a place to set things down as guests enter your home, whether gifts, food, or keys as they settle in. As for the design aspect, you can’t go wrong with a metallic finish paired with a marble or glass top – this classic look will stand the test of time and also pair perfectly with your holiday décor for years to come.
4. Lovely Lamps
With a console table comes the opportunity to layer your lighting by adding a table lamp into the mix. Luckily these also come in all shapes, sizes, and styles. Depending on the width of your console table, and the amount of décor adorning the table top, you may be able to fit in one or even two lovely lamps into your entryway design. Table lamps give a home and heartwarming and cozy feeling, making your space glow with light. This is why it can be such a great addition during the holidays as friends and family come in the from cold (or temperate) weather. Again, find a lamp(s) that fits the style of your home and can work during the holidays as well as in the summertime.
5. The Best Place To Put Coats, Boots, and Everything Else
With the hustle and bustle of the season, we are often overloaded and hands full as we make our rounds through parties, gift swaps, and cocktail hours. Not to mention the additional layers we have piled on. So in the spirit of the season, it’s a great idea to make unloading an easy stop as soon as our guests enter our home. Is there a designated place for coats? Coat racks or creative wall hooks are a sensible way to give those coats and scarves a home while you visit with your loved ones. What about snow boots or uncomfortable heels? (We all know that after a few hours, sometimes we just have to ditch them…) Consider a bench or shoe rack where your guests can unload and begin to feel right at home from the moment they step in the door.
6. Wreaths, Bells, and Ornaments, Oh My!
Last but not least, you have to add the final touches to your entryway design. Your home decor can complete your space, and with the holidays in full swing bring on the glitter, bells, and snowmen because your entryway is the perfect spot for these fun accents. Some traditional additions include a seasonal wreath for the front door, sleigh bells for the handle, and the beloved mistletoe. You can also opt for a small tree to put ornaments on, faux gift decor, holiday florals, and fun decorative twinkle lights to catch the kiddos attention. The possibilities are endless with holiday decor and we highly recommend checking out the multitude of inspiration on our Pinterest boards, but also our Holiday blogs this month. Keep an eye out for some stellar holiday tip and tricks in the next few weeks.