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12 Tips for A Welcoming Fall Entry {31 Days of Autumn Bliss Day Two}

12 Tips for A Welcoming Fall Entry {31 Days of Autumn Bliss Day Two}

Country Living

After seeing a that front door and entry inspiration from our first 31 Days post, I got all giddy again about fall front entry ways. I’ve always been a bit obsessive about the entry to my home. I want my entry to feel warm and welcoming, especially in fall! It really doesn’t take more than a few simple tricks to go from blah to “welcome home.” So, how do you get that warm and welcoming ambience?

12 Tips for A Welcoming Fall Entry {31 Days of Autumn Bliss Day Two}

Pottery Barn

Tip 1: Start with a focal point. It could be a striking table, cabinet or bench. If you have no room for furniture, use a bold and fabulous mirror to grab attention and reflect light around the room. Collections of photos in frames can also be a focal point. If your entry opens right into another room, make the focal point in the adjoining space as welcoming as possible.

Tip 2: Add a lamp or candles to give your entry a warm glow at night. A dark entry is not very welcoming. Wall sconces can be used if you have no surfaces for candles or lamps. Find lighting with a great shape and personality if possible!

12 Tips for A Welcoming Fall Entry {31 Days of Autumn Bliss Day Two}

House Beautiful

Tip 3: A coat closet is handy, but not as charming as an interesting rack or creative hooks (see yesterday’s post for more super fun and creative ideas!). You could make a creative coat hanger for your wall with just about anything (shutters, an old door, a wood step ladder…and hooks.)

Tip 4: Usable seasonal accessories can set the cozy mood (think wool blankets, cute boots, scarves and mittens!). Hang them from hooks or put them in baskets!

12 Tips for A Welcoming Fall Entry {31 Days of Autumn Bliss Day Two}

Pottery Barn

Tip 5: Layer objects such as books, baskets, old trunks, crates or footstools under open tables and benches to give a cozier feel.

Tip 6: Stack books or use footed plates or pedestals on table tops to bring more warmth and height to accessories — and try my leaning technique for art or mirrors!

Tip 7: Try a basket or tray to corral smaller items on a entry table to give it more presence and texture!

Tip 8:  Whenever possible, go for BIGGER objects or wall hangings rather than several little items. Bigger items make striking statements.

12 Tips for A Welcoming Fall Entry {31 Days of Autumn Bliss Day Two}

Country Living

Tip 9: Use at least one interesting piece that gets people talking! Look around your house and see what conversation piece you could put in your entry.

Tip 10: Have fun with changing accessories — use your entry table or a focal wall to showcase a fun holiday display.

Tip 11: If your entry is a little boring or drab, try a pop of unexpected color on the door, a lamp, throw, shelf or table! Maybe change out your ceiling light for something more striking like the star light (above) or wallpaper even just one wall with a bold patterned paper. Or, paint your ceiling an unexpected color!

Tip 12: If your entry way is cold, try a textured wallpaper like grasscloth or wood walls to warm things up, or add a cozy striped, patterned or textured rug to the floor.

12 Tips for A Welcoming Fall Entry {31 Days of Autumn Bliss Day Two}

Pottery Barn

Autumn Action step:

Go look at your entry right now. What if you don’t have a real entryway? Ok, don’t let that stop you, you have a door, right? Use today’s inspiration to think of a few simple ways to create a little more ambience by your front door or entry. Everyone has enough space for some charming details.

Take a picture of your entry and put it on my facebook page so we can see!

12 Tips for A Welcoming Fall Entry {31 Days of Autumn Bliss Day Two}

Good Housekeeping

Tell us about your entry way in the comments! Do you like it, not like it or what would you like to change about it?

Would you like to follow along with this series? Check out the other posts in 31 Days of Autumn Bliss!

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