We rattle on so much about curb appeal, and having a lovely front door, that we sometimes forget to talk about the moment that we step inside. The outside is all about keeping up appearances, and being nice to the neighbors, but the inside is where we have to live, and the first, honest impression that we give to ourselves (and others).
It doesn’t matter whether you have a hallway, a grand foyer, an entrance, or the world’s tiniest welcome mat, but it does matter what goes on there. An entrance doesn’t have to be fancy, but it should feel cared for, and be as useful and bright as possible (no-one wants to fumble around in the dark, uncertain of where to go or what they might be tripping over).
Next time you go home, take a look at what you are really walking into. Are you dancing around slippery tile, dropping your groceries as you try to reach over the laundry to throw your keys onto the nearest flat surface, or do you take a deep breath, step inside, and feel happy to be home?
Whether you do it for yourself, or just to impress others, maybe it’s time to re-think your entrance.
Okay, so I know this is a bit dreamier than some of our homes (it is, after all, a bed and breakfast rental in the English countryside), but they have used the space so well. If you have an odd area under the stairs, put a comfy chair there, or hang a few hooks for keys, coats and bags.
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