The entryway is one of the most important areas of your home, both for you and your guests. Now that's true all year 'round, and because of that, it can take a lot of work to design your entryway so that it's a perfect blend of the things that you want to see, everything that you'll need to do when coming home from a long day and all of the great design that you want to have greet your guests whenever they stop by for a visit. But with the holidays approaching, the general level of attention that we give to entryways jumps way up, and it's not hard to understand why.
The holidays are all about creating a warm and inviting environment that instantly speaks not only to you, but to all of the friends and family that you'll see in the days and weeks ahead. And, as the first space that anyone sees when entering your home, the entryway has a lot of work to do. This will be more than just a quick cleanup, but with a few tips, you can turn your entryway into a passage into a world of holiday wonder in no time flat. So here's 7 quick decorating tips for festive holiday entryways.
Here are a few simple Christmas decorating ideas for entryways.
- If you've followed my previous entryway decorating advice your entryway has a mirror in it. To add a little holiday flair, try hanging a wreath over it. Take a wreath (any style that suits your décor) then use a wide ribbon (silk or grosgrain is always nice) to hang it over the front of the mirror. You can tie the ribbon to the back of the mirror (the picture wire or nail) to secure it.
- A hanging light fixture is an untapped resource for Christmas decorating. Take a simple garland of any material you choose (nothing flammable) and wrap it around the branches of a hanging chandelier. Crystal garlands, cranberry garlands, and sequined garlands look particularly nice. Try to avoid using anything too thick that will completely hide the light fixture.
- Use ribbon to dress up lampshades on chandeliers, sconces and table lamps. It's a really subtle way to add holiday flair. Choose a color to match your Christmas decorating colors then use double-sided tape to mount it.
- Find some tall, clear glass cylinder vases, fill them with some type of holiday decoration and then place them on the floor in the entryway (somewhere they won't get in the way). Examples of items you can put in them include pinecones, cranberries, nuts (naturally colored or spray painted) – the list goes on. To add even more interest, fill the vase about half or three quarters of the way up and then place a candle, evergreen pieces or some tall, thick flowers inside.
- Replace your existing runner with one to suit your Christmas decorating color scheme.
- Switch out any artwork you have hanging and replace it with pieces of framed wallpaper or fabric to suit your holiday decorating scheme.
- Hang a wreath on the back of the door. While it's great to have them on the front of the door to welcome guests, it's also nice to have them inside so people in the house can enjoy them.