Your Home: Making first impressions count with a great entrance

Light and bright: Give your guests the best welcome you. Use paint and natural light to brighten up the entryway.
Light and bright: Give your guests the best welcome you. Use paint and natural light to brighten up the entryway.

The foyer of your home says a lot about you and guests will form an opinion based on what they see when they walk through your front door. 

If you want to create a good first impression, start at your front door. 

Front doors are able to do a lot more than keep the rain out and the heat in. Depending on the style or colour you choose, you can set the scene for your entire home. 

A contemporary door with glass panels tells the story of a home with minimalist lines and modern principles. 

First impression: Your front door sets the tone for your home. Add personality by painting the door in a bright hue.

First impression: Your front door sets the tone for your home. Add personality by painting the door in a bright hue.

A bright colour will convey fun and a certain unpredictability in personality. 

Choose a front door that becomes the opening chapter for the story of your home. 

Once inside, it’s time to expand the story. 

You may be blessed with plenty of room in your entryway. If so, use it. 

Build in large cupboards to hide the bulk of the hallway debris. Include hanging space for coats as well as shelves for heavy bags. 

Try to incorporate a seating area if you can. 

Pack it away: Great storage is the key to a great foyer. Build in cupboards where you can to hide the mess and include good lighting to guide you in on dark nights.

Pack it away: Great storage is the key to a great foyer. Build in cupboards where you can to hide the mess and include good lighting to guide you in on dark nights.

If you have a smaller space, you can still make the storage work in this area.

A low lying bench with drawers will hide bags. Leave room underneath for shoes to slip under. 

If possible, add a decorative touch to your hall space, something that tells people about you. 

Perhaps you can fit in a small table with photos or momentos arranged on the surface.

Add a large scale picture or mirror to open up the space and make it feel bigger than it is. 

If you are really tight on space, or if your foyer is part of an open plan style room, use paint as a way to add personality to the space.

Add a decorative dado rail and paint a darker colour below while leaving the top white or paint an entire wall in one colour to designate it as the foyer. 

As much as possible leave this space light and bright and welcoming.