How to Spruce Up The Entryway of Your San Antonio Home

 Our Guest Author Today: Brooke Harris  

Entryway of a house.

Although it's recommended not to judge a book by its cover, it is often appropriate to do so when it comes to home design. First impressions count for a lot! Whether moving into your new home in San Antonio or inviting friends over for dinner, the entryway is the first thing you see when you or your guests enter your home. It functions as a daily welcome as well. Because of that, you want to decorate the entrance in a way that properly highlights the style of your home. Your entryway should set the tone for what's to come, so make it a good one! Here are some of our favorite tips to spruce up the entryway of your San Antonio home.

Play with Colors

Before selecting a color for your doorway, think about the color scheme utilized throughout the rest of your house. You don't want your entrance walls to take away from the elegance of the rest of the house, especially with an open home design.

Take a variety of color samples before painting the walls. Then choose the tint, texture, and price that would best suit your needs. Sampling paint will also spare you the headache of paying more money to repaint a wall if you are unhappy with the results.

When choosing the perfect color, bear in mind one thing - colors have the power to uplift you, expand the space around you, or relax you. Consequently, consider the emotion you want your entrance to arouse. Color-blocked your walls with two contrasting tones to give your entranceway additional depth. A traditional black-and-white ensemble is a safe choice, but if you want a more colorful look, go with more vibrant colors.

Entryway interior with mirrors.
Certain colors can enlarge the area around you.

Enlighten Your Entryway

The first thing guests see when they enter your San Antonio home is your entryway. Therefore, lighting can play a significant role in setting the mood. Natural lighting is the best available. Check your entryway windows to see if any of the smaller ones could be upgraded to larger ones. They ought to look tidy and be tightly sealed. Consider installing accent windows next to your door if this area has no windows.

If you're living in a tiny house, it's important to carefully consider every design choice to make the most of your limited space. When it comes to lighting, choose a fixture that matches your space and has a high output to make your entry feel bright and friendly. For rooms with low ceilings, always opt for a flush or semi-flush light fixture to save on vertical space. Alternatively, if your ceilings are higher, consider something adjustable with a rod or chain to add visual interest and flexibility to your lighting design.

Mirrors can give some brightness to the entrance by reflecting light. This works incredibly well if your front door has windows. By correctly angling a mirror across the light source, you can practically double the amount of natural light that is present in your entryway, giving the impression that it is larger and more open.

Seating Place

A seat is one thing that most entryways frequently lack. Having a seat makes it easy to put on shoes or sort through mail when coming and going. In addition, a bench can serve as an excellent place to store items like shoes and bags to reduce clutter. To make your doorway comfy and practical, go for a seat with shelves or one that hinges open. By positioning a chair that makes removing your shoes simple, you can make enforcing your "no-shoes" policy easier and create a cozier atmosphere in your foyer.

Armchairs placed in the entryway of the house.
Add a palace to the entryway of your San Antonio home to make it more comfortable.

Style Your San Antonio Home

The entryway of your San Antonio home is the best place to showcase your personal style. Using the wall and ceiling space will allow you to incorporate more design, even though the space may be smaller. A superb hallway will incorporate both style and utility. Here are some tips for styling your foyer while still making it functional.

Entrance Table Set Up

The entrance table's primary function is to serve as a place to leave luggage and keys, but it also makes a great place to exhibit trinkets. A large vase, colorful bowls, fresh flowers, picture frames, book stacks, or wicker baskets are a few examples of entryway table designs. Each of these accessories gives your decor a distinctive personal touch.

Small Necessities

Next, consider the climate and overall decor of the neighborhood you live in. For example, if you've been living your whole life in Texas and are looking to reach Maryland with ease, take note of the weather. Maryland can be rainy, so make sure to keep necessities like umbrellas on hand so that you and your guests stay dry and comfortable. Investing in a good mat is also an excellent idea so you don't track too much mud and dirt into the house. 

Similarly, if you've moved from a rainy state to San Antonio, focus on designing your entryway to be practical for humid and hot temperatures. You can dedicate a space where you'll put your hats and sunscreen, so you never forget to leave the house without them. 

Gallery for Your Favorite Photos

Patience and a powerful centerpiece are the keys to creating a well-organized gallery wall. Choose a huge piece to occupy a sizable portion of your anchor wall. Start by suspending the main piece, then gradually expand from there. Try to hang everything with at least one guiding idea (color scheme, frame type, or artistic style). Choose frames of the same type and color to keep the design modern and tidy. Also, placing picture frames together might give the walls some interest.

On the other hand, your entryway arrangement of images of your loved ones highlights some of your favorite individuals and memories if you decide to forego the perfectly-spaced gallery wall and add more personal touch to your home.

Framed pictures on the wall.
Choose frames that look nice and trendy.

Final Thoughts

Ask yourself, "Is this area communicating what I want it to?" as you look around the entryway of your San Antonio home. Start seeing your doorway as a separate room; you might notice how visitors feel when they enter your home. Focus on comfort and style to ensure your entryway makes an impression.

Author Bio:

Brooke Harris is a passionate writer. She has been traveling around the world for more than five years now and has a special affinity for various home decorating styles. While she's not on tour, Brook works from the comfort of her Texas home as a writer for Helix Transfer & Storage Maryland.

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