Building a Home – Design Tips for a Front Entranceway

The main entry is very important because it is through the main door that the house states its personality and absorbs energy. The front entrance of your home is your guest’s first impression of you and your home. You never get a second chance to make that first impression, starting out right counts; and it beings at your front door. When a house has good energy, design and flow circulating throughout, the people who live in the house experience it and appreciate the thought and effort invested.

When someone drives up, the home’s entrance merits special consideration. first, it should be clear where it is. An attractive feature: a bright color, outlining the walk with pavers, a court yard featuring a prized garden ornament, or special lighting could identify it definitely as the front entrance.

Things that defines a home’s front entrance may include:

* colors – vibrant and exciting or cool and relaxing
* designs – theme oriented
* shapes – for example circular off-set an angular home
* sounds – door bell or chime, running water from a bird bath
* statements – often from the use of a garden ornament, or unique shrubbery

A professional home designer using Home Design Therapy, teaches homeowners to consider the way a home defines it’s self. After some thought, items that misrepresent a home’s welcome, and that are not absolutely needed or loved, may deserve replacing. A design consultant may either re-purposing existing items or add new beautiful and functional items that will enrich the home’s entrance and message.

Begin thinking your home entrance design choices through; some helpful starter questions homeowners can ask themselves are:

1) What message do I want to give my hone’s visitors?
2) What message do i want my home to give me?
3) What overall statement do i want my home to generate?

A courtyard with the personality of a France, a Spanish villa, or an English cottage will introduce the owners personality and the home’s style. Courtyards naturally draw the eye to the home’s entrance. Arches, pergolas, bench seating, a display of container plants, or any showcased collector’s item can make a statement in the interior courtyard. However you design the entrance, scale it appropriately to fit the scale of your home.

Incorporate a water feature. A fountain of some sort, whether modern, traditional, or Gothic, improves the curb appeal of your home and adds that design look. Most people love the sound of bubbling water because it speaks of nature and is instantly relaxing and calming. Water features can be built-in, free-standing, or rest on a small tabletop. Group seating near your water feature makes it easy to enjoy while relaxing or sipping an evening beverage.

The entrance floor choice should be durable, one that can take a beating without a whisper of complaining. A flooring material from quarry tile, ceramic tile, slate, natural stone, or exquisite marble will serve well and can be a beautiful part of the entrance hall. Minnesota homeowners are pleased with results from snow, mud, water, and hard usage on such elements, as they wear beautifully under a home’s daily use.

Throw a rug on top to finish it entrance’s look. Or as some say, a room begins with the rug. You can pull in endless colors, or emphasize the color theme you are creating. Weather proof rugs are in abundance that work perfect just outside the or in.

The possibilities to create a wonderful first impression allow room for endless creativity and uniqueness. Begin with these design tips and let them inspire you to take your front entrance to a new level. Say, “Welcome”, well.