Guest Post: Enhance Your Entryway

In this week’s guest post, Matthew Dickamore, creative director for Denton House Design Studio, shares expert tips for making your entryway welcoming and stylish.

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First impressions are always important. Someone’s clothing, handshake and speech can tell you a lot about them in a matter of minutes. The same goes for your home’s entryway. So what does your entryway say about you? Could you create a better first impression? If so, consider these time-tested design remedies:

Want a grand entry but lack the space? Join the rest of us; I barely have room for a console! Luckily there are ways to create the illusion of a larger space. The simple solution: Add a mirror! Try a full-length mirror or opt for a sizable one hung above a console table. The cramped space will instantly appear larger: Photo courtesy Style at Home at Apartment Therapy


Does your wall color make a memorable first impression, or do your beige walls scream safe? Be a little daring and think outside of the beige! A darker color makes a bold statement. If you really want your entry walls to pop, try a graphic wallpaper or an interesting hand-painted treatment: Photo courtesy Garrison Hullinger Interior Design via Houzz


If you have room for furniture in your entryway, display a unique conversation piece. When shopping, look for an antique console or repurpose a not-so-interesting bench into something with a little more personality. In my mini entry, I placed a wood chest clad with thin sheets of stamped metal. It’s different and offers a preview of what’s to come for guests who enter my home: Photo courtesy Jarlath Mellett via Houzz


High ceilings just beg for a great chandelier, and if you have the wall space, consider some killer sconces. If you can’t add new light fixtures, opt for an oversized lamp or matching pencil lamps on a console. Lamps add warmth to a space that overhead fixtures sometimes just can’t provide: Photo courtesy Cinnamon Post via Houzz


Rugs are essential. They prevent dirty feet from tracking through your home, while accentuating your style. Go bold with a thick stripe or consider a traditional pattern. Whatever suits your style! Whatever direction you take, just ensure the rug is large. Don’t settle for a doormat size: Photo courtesy Kate Marker Interiors via Houzz


Feeling inspired to turn a forgettable first impression into a memorable one? For more design inspiration, visit the Denton House Design Studio website and

Categories: Interior Designers