Making Your Entryway Welcoming

Making Your Entryway Welcoming

Making Your Entryway Welcoming




The entryway is the first impression of your home, and as the saying goes, "You only get one shot at a first impression." In this week's "Ask Homepolish," designers talk about this overlooked space.


Hi Homepolish,
I live in an older condo building in Chicago where the exterior front landing and interior entryway space are quite neglected, particularly because in the winter it’s hard to maintain any greenery and it’s usually littered with junk mail and shoe prints. Aside from a new doormat, what can I do to make this area more friendly and inviting?

- Noah, Chicago


Although she doesn’t deal with winter in Los Angeles, Homepolish’s Caroline Wolf has some ideas: “Adding small pieces of furniture like a mirror over a console table or bench, is an easy way to cozy up the space, and, depending on your management company, you could even switch out the light fixtures to make the space feel more nuanced. If you want to take it one step further, you could even do a temporary wallpaper or a paint job, which will definitely have the biggest impact.” In designer Casey Debois’s apartment, not only did she go for the gusto with a wacky paint job, but she also has libations waiting for guests on a nearby bar cart.


Also in LA, Homepolish designer Haley Weidenbaum, referenced designer Lauren Caron’s home for inspiration. Not only did she update the entryway with a new pendant, but she also put in patterned wallpaper. “A great trick to try in this space is to play with lighting. An authentic or vintage light fixture that matches the period of the building can be a great accent that brings life to the entryway. Changing out your lighting might be the only thing you need to make a statement. Plus, a well-lit space can give it warmth, which automatically feels more inviting.”


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