First impressions are made at the front door, and the entryway gives guests their first glimpse of your interiors. To help you make a strong statement, Sharon Grech, Benjamin Moore colour and design expert, shares three tips for creating a memorable entryway that will set the tone for your entire home.
A fresh coat of paint. A great starting point for sprucing up this focal point is by adding a fresh coat of paint to the front door and trim, inside and out. Of course, freshly painted walls in a coordinating colour will keep the space looking sharp and make your home even more inviting.
“Whether you prefer neutral, bright or bold hues, using multiple shades of the same colour is a great way to add dimension without causing a cluttered look,” explains Grech. When using bold shades like blue and red on the front door, it is important to keep in mind that the colour is only as good as the quality of paint you’re using. Benjamin Moore Aura Grand Entrance provides a rich, lustrous finish and is great for interior and exterior use.”
Accessorize with stripes. Entryways can often follow a cookie-cutter design scheme with little to no pattern. To give yours more personality, try accessorizing with stripes. “Stripes can visually elongate even a small foyer, and rugs are a great way to incorporate this trend and define the space,” says Grech. From black and white to multi-colour stripes, this finishing touch will create a striking first impression for your home.
Accentuate with lighting. As important as good lighting is for great photos, it’s also essential for home design. Natural light brings life to any space during the day, so keep the windows uncovered or use sheer fabrics in the entryway. Alternatively, if you don’t have a window in your front hall, bring the feeling of the outdoors in with a nature-inspired colour scheme for walls and furniture. “Minimizing contrast will help keep this space looking light, bright and inviting,” advises Grech. For evening light, don’t forget a statement lighting fixture to add a functional beauty.