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How to spruce up your entryway in a snap

What kind of space do you enter every time you open the front door to your home? If you haven't thought much about your entryway, it's time to give this bit of your house some attention. After all, it's the first thing that guests see when they step inside your home, and it gives them their first taste of your style. Make a good impression by jazzing up your entryway with some of the following touches.

Eye-catching light fixture
Whether your style is more about grand chandeliers or interesting architectural lanterns, Houzz recommended using a special light fixture in your entryway. Not only will it look interesting, but it can dictate the lighting in your space, giving it a soft glow or an energizing brightness.

Bold runner
Real Simple magazine stressed using a bold runner to draw guests into your home. It shouldn't run the entire length of your hallway, though, and make sure that it's not touching the surrounding furniture to give it a more open effect. This will encourage guests to look father into your home and come inside.

Smart storage
Something like a dresser, cubbies or hanging hooks is essential in an entryway, where people might be shedding their shoes or outerwear. Make your storage solutions stand out by choosing interesting or unique pieces that you wouldn't find in a store.

Interesting switch plates
Add intrigue by swapping out your old wall switch plates and plug covers for more decorative models. Stone or wood switch plates can make an elegant impact without making your design seem cluttered. You might even want to choose different colors of the same material for your switch plates if you're going for an eclectic vibe.

Fun wall display
Get creative with the items you put on your walls in the entryway. Give your guests something to look at by taking advantage of several different sized pictures or paintings, or go even bolder with a collection of found items, like signs, mirrors or even ceiling medallions painted the color of your walls for a fun texture.

A collection of interesting mirrors or just one large piece works to add a sense of space to an entryway - even if it's not that big. It'll also help reflect light around the space, brightening it up. You can even use it to check your appearance before you head out the door each day!

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