Make your home shout ‘welcome’

2017-11-01 06:01
Make the entrance way to your home look more appealing by adding a mirror and table.PHOTO: women24

Make the entrance way to your home look more appealing by adding a mirror and table.PHOTO: women24

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DON’T forget about first impressions when decorating your home. From the moment your guests drive through the gate until they are comfortably seated on your sofa, your home will create lasting impressions.

Pathway and porch

Have a well-maintained footpath leading to the front door. Paving, stepping stones or a wooden pathway are good options.

Enhance the path with a row of plants on either side. If gardening is not your thing, go for repetition - a row of the same plants look neat and graphic.

Install lighting where needed, whether street-lamp style, LED strip lights under stairs, wall lights or uplighters. A simple solution would be a row of solar lights pegged into the ground. Also invest in an attractive light by your front door. If space allows, add a bench or planters for colour and character.

Front door

Experiment with the power of paint when it comes to front doors. Red, yellow, green, blue – any colour is more exciting than brown. Yet if you are adamant about having a wooden door, buy a beautiful door and sand and treat it regularly. Make sure you buy an exterior door that is weather resistant. Doors with straight grooves look more modern than ones with curves and panes. Invest in a beautiful doorknob and knocker.

Entrance way

The entrance way is the room where first impressions are formed. This room is most inviting when kept uncluttered, but not completely bare. You need a place to hang keys, a coat or handbag, but don’t let this area become a dumping ground for bags and shoes.

A table or console, with one or two carefully chosen vases or ornaments, is enough to add character. Choose foliage or plants that will last several weeks. Hang a painting, mirror or coat rack above the table. A loose rug, on a non-slip under-carpet will add warmth. The entrance way is a preview of what to expect in the rest of the house. Put your favourite furniture items here, not just your leftovers. It is not a room one spends many hours in, yet it is also the first room you, as the owner, enter when you get home after a long day at work. - Supplied.

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