Easy yet Welcoming Entryway

entryway-webWhen people walk up to your front door, you want them to feel welcome before they even push the doorbell. On the other hand, going to an extreme with decorating your entryway can involve a lot of maintenance. Here is one example of a front entrance that provides an inviting feeling without a lot of effort on your part.

Interesting walkway: Instead of a standard concrete sidewalk, consider choosing a walkway material such as tile, stone or pavers to add interest and charm. This stone walk combines a diagonal placement with a simple border around the landscaping to make the entrance stand out. The additional stone on the wall around the front door adds to this entrance’s welcome.

Lighting: It’s easy to ignore exterior lighting, but it plays an important role in your home’s first impression. Take the time to choose lights that reflect your taste and style. Look for options that have personality and charm. This pair of coach lights suits the entrance yet have a feeling of whimsy that makes visitors take a second look. And when you turn those lights on at night, your guests know you are expecting them and looking forward to their visit.

Plants: Landscaping around your front entrance is important. Keep shrubs low so that the doorway isn’t hidden, but that touch of green adds interest. In this instance, several palms in pots add another splash of greenery and help integrate the sidewalk to the house itself. You can water these a few times a week or add a drip line to each one so that they get watered when your yard is irrigated. Then the only maintenance needed is occasional fertilizer and trimming any dead foliage off.

With just a few smart decisions, you can turn a standard entrance into something that makes a statement about how you feel about your home and the special people you invite to visit.

Front Entrance says Welcome

Before you even step in the front door, this home welcomes visitors. The design of the home itself provides a natural courtyard at the front entry. The layout draws you to the home, and a number of option and design choices enhance the look.

First, notice the stone covering the patio. Instead of more traditional concrete, using these pavers ties the patio floor to the rich color of the stucco walls. By choosing this type of flooring, there is a sense that you are already in the house.

Next, the white trim on the windows feels like the casing you expect inside a home. The molding and gutters framing the roof also almost have the same impact as crown molding in a home.

Choosing to use furniture on the patio provides a comfy place to sit and strengthens the sense that you are almost in an indoor room. With today’s outdoor fabrics, you can find colors and designs that are just as nice as anything to cover a sofa inside. This red with a thin white stripe provides a dynamite and inviting color contrast to the neutrals of the courtyard.

Finally, the plants in the corner add an indoor-outdoor feel and nicely accessorize the space. With no open dirt for plantings, the three pots with high-profile plants add a warmth and natural element to that corner. This entryway, from Fulton’s Spyglass model at Victoria Estates, can make your friends and family feel welcome the minute they come up your walk.