To me, the entryway of your house is one of the biggest focal points, and therefore, one of the few areas of the home that needs the most attention while decorating. It is essentially the welcome mat of the inside. It greets your friends and family, and becomes the most used section in terms of foot traffic, serving as the place you constantly buzz through when going in and out of the house and while moving between all other rooms. That being said, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to spend the most money there. Instead, it’s an area where you can save huge and still make equally as large of an impact.
We are still in the process of settling into the fixer-upper we just bought and tackling new projects at every turn. Including this foyer, which is a few pieces shy of becoming complete.
Here are a few tips to get the most out of your entryway for less.
1. Go Green. I firmly believe that when you add a live plant into the mix, short or tall, the space just breathes life. The best part: pay once for (most) household plants and they will last two – three years, or even more. They are a great filler for those corners of the home you never know what to do with. Similarly, faux plants and flowers are great, too, because there is no need to maintain them or spend money each week on fresh ones.
2. Shop Clearance. Since this is an area of the home you may want to change or update periodically, shop sale items. I found this great, oversized mirror on clearance at Home Goods for under $150! As long as there are no major flaws, go with it.
3. Reuse and Recycle. Look in your storage closets and your garage and you might be surprised to find old items that can be reused or even spruced up with a simple change, like a new lamp shade.
4. Use Mirrors. Mirrors of any kind, like this awesome one I found on clearance (mentioned above), make the space appear larger and more open. It is a great tip for any room, but especially those that might be a little tight.
5. Keep It Light. Whether it be in the shade of the wall color or the amount of items used in an entryway, keep one of the two or both on the lighter side so not to close in the room.
Lamp: old / Lampshade: new, on sale at T.J. Maxx / Basket: old / Books: super old, like from my favorite college English classes, old / Candles: a gift / Mirror: Home Goods / Faux Hydrangeas and Faux Assorted Succulents: all from Pottery Barn