When it comes to decorating your house, you may find that you want to go through it in stages. Sometimes, you’ll do a big renovation and look to take on everything in one go. But that can bring a lot of stress, be a lot of work, and cost a lot of money in one go. So, it’s often easier to do things room by room, or section by section. But where should you start? Well, whether you’re going to DIY it or bring in the pros, you should find that starting at your entryway is perfect. It’s the start of your home and can often set the tone for you. Plus it’s the first place your visitors see so it’s the best place to give a grand first impression. If you want to make sure that you’re able to get this right, here are some tips to get you started.
Paint the door
First of all, your entryway starts with the outside. Sometimes you will want to get a new door – but this isn’t always required. If the front door you have is in great shape, why not stick with it and just spruce it up a little? If the front door is wooden then you can update it to your own taste by painting it a new colour. Just make sure you pick a suitable colour that the whole household will love. While you’re here, you could also add in potted plants and a nice welcome mat to finish off this section. It will give you and your visitors a warm welcome to your home.
Declutter the space
When it comes to the inside, you should ideally start with a blank canvas. This means you need to get everything out of the way, potentially take up the floors and take down any wallpaper that’s up. Once that’s done have a think about the ideal storage for the space. If you know that it often gets overloaded with coats and shoes and everything else, then why not build a DIY entryway mudroom? With wall hangings and storage all around, it will make everything feel so much more organized. You could even build some under stair storage drawers to make use of wasted space and provide out of sight shoe storage. It’s best to plan this when everything else is clear so you can make as much mess as needed!
Do the walls
If your hallway is small then a light neutral colourway will open up the space and make it feel airy. Dark colours can sometimes work in hallways but if they’re lacking in space and very narrow then they risk making the whole area feel even more enclosed. You could wallpaper the area, but be aware there are a lot of people passing through each day so it may be best to use paint so you can retouch it up easily.
Redo the flooring
When you’ve got all of the wall storage sorted and the front door and walls painted, it’s then onto the flooring. And here’s somewhere that you can have a lot of fun. Make sure that you pick out a cool tile or really interesting wood so that it brings the space alive. And be sure that it’s practical too! The hall entrance is a high traffic area so pick something that will stand the test of time. If you prefer carpet then that’s fine too. Pick something that is hard-wearing. There are plenty of options for cheap carpets online in all sorts of shades and qualities.
Redo the staircase
Then, for the star of the show, it’s time to think about redoing the staircase. Take a look at the cool designs you could go with, and make sure to pick out stair nosings to keep things safe. Be as inventive as you like here, as long as the design works in the space and will be safe to climb. Carpet may be a better option if you have young children running up and down stairs to prevent slips or at least soften them, but otherwise a wooden staircase can really look impressive.
Have fun with the decor
Last but not least, it’s time to choose your décor. If you have an unsightly radiator then how about a radiator cover to create a more elegant entrance with the added bonus as being able to double up as a shelf. Add a mirror for its practical purpose, but also to lighten the area and make it appear more spacious. A hanging plant or potted plant if there’s enough space will help to purify the air and bring nature indoors for a welcoming entrance.
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