Monthly Archives: March 2014

The Entrance: Your Home’s First Impression

The front entrance is the first area of your home that guests encounter and can set the tone for the rest of the spaces, so it’s important to make it functional and aesthetically pleasing.  Updating or improving the entry is also an affordable opportunity to give your home an entirely different look.

Exterior

Architectural DetailsWauwatosa Front Entrance

Showcase your front entrance with appropriate architectural details for your home’s style.  Decorative brackets, moldings, columns, railings, and trim add character to your home and offer curb appeal.

Whitefish Bay Front EntranceFront Door

Whether the door is custom-made, arched, painted a vibrant color, or flanked by full-length windows, the front door can showcase your personality and style.

Lighting

Lighting helps guide your guests to the front door and is an important safety component.  The light by the front entrance should be a little brighter than landscape and hardscape lighting to ensure the front door is the focal point of the home and welcomes visitors. Wall lanterns or hanging fixtures are popular options.

Shelter from the Elements

Consider adding a roof over the front door or porch to keep rain and sun off your guests as they wait for you to answer the door.  You’ll also appreciate it while you look for your keys.

Interior

“Drop Zone”

Once your guests enter your home, you’ll want a place for them to peel off their coats or stash away other belongings.  Consider having a bench, closet, hooks, lockers or cubbies, and other organizational features.  You may also want to include a “command center” for phone charging, mail storage, or a message board.

Flooring

Flooring is another opportunity to showcase your style, but it’s essential that it isOconomowoc Newel Post also easy-to-clean and can withstand mud, snow, water, and whatever else visitors can track into your home.  You can choose unique patterns, textures, or colors to add charm.

Newel Posts

A newel post has a functional role – supporting the handrail at the top or bottom of a staircase.  If you have stairs at your entrance, a newel post can also make a grand statement.  Whether it’s large and ornate or simple and classic, the post will definitely be the heart of the front entryway.