Your entry hall is the first thing most people see when they enter your home. You want the first impression of your home to be positive and welcoming. The decor should also reflect your personality and your taste. It is easy to achieve a warm and inviting feel.

An unorganized, messy or shabby space is not the image you want to present to visitors when they first come to your home. Clean up clutter, fix or remove items that are in disrepair, change dead light bulbs, and freshen up your walls with a new coat of paint. These are simple ways to create a good first impression.

You want the decorating style that is in the rest of the home to also be present in your entry hall. This is easily accomplished by using finishes and accessories that compliment the decor in the rest of the house. For example, if your home has a Tuscan flair, start with a wall color in a warm, rich tone. Add wrought iron sconces and a mirror with a metal frame to the walls. Finish the look by placing a rustic console table in the entry.

There are many comfortable touches that you can add to your entry hall. First, a chair or bench will provide a good place to rest or pull on boots. A table to hold mail, keys and collectibles is also a useful addition to the space. If there is not enough room for a table or chest, a shelf will work as well. An umbrella holder, coat hooks on the wall, or a coat rack, provide an accessible place to store guest’s belongings. A clock for the wall, tabletop or shelf will advise of the time. Items like these will provide organization and comfort to the foyer.

A mirror is a great idea, for vanity and to enlarge the feel of the space. A mirror can also bring more light into a darker area. A new area rug, matching accessories, such as candle holders with coordinated candles, sconces on the wall or vases filled with fresh flowers will complete the look of the space. Large vases on the floor with arrangements will add a finishing touch.

Overall, a few thoughtful touches will bring a warm and inviting atmosphere to your entry. It is worth taking a second look at your entry hall to make sure it is reflecting the first impression you want to give to your visitors.