Exactly how you decide to set about decorating a concrete entryway will, to some extent, depend on its size. Although an entryway could include the approach to the building that is your home, more usually an entryway would more properly be called a foyer, which is the space inside your home that visitors to it will enter by and first see. So quite naturally you’ll want to create the right impression here, one that makes a statement about you and the sort of home you have.
The Floor of your Entryway
A concrete entryway inevitably means that you’ll have a concrete floor. Today, concrete floors come in all sorts of different styles and colors, not just a dusty drab and rough gray lump that looks like part of a road.
If your concrete floor is simply basic concrete it will not on its own create a very welcoming vibe. If you’re on a budget, to overcome this you can choose from an extensive range of concrete floor paints to color it; that will both seal the entryway floor and make it appear smooth and glossy.
Alternatively, you are strongly urged to cover such a concrete floor with vinyl, carpet or wood flooring. If you choose to have carpet fitted in the entryway make sure it is a hard wearing one that is easily cleaned, as it will be down on the main thoroughfare in and out of your home.
If you’re renovating a property or giving one a make-over, then consider installing a decorative concrete floor in the entryway.
Decorative concrete can be finished as smooth as any stone tiles you care to mention and be stamped and stained into an amazing range of shapes and colors. Decorative concrete will create a truly unique entrance to your property entirely in keeping with the ambience you want to set, be it an Italian style marble floor to a Spanish courtyard effect – all can be done with modern decorative concrete.
Walls and Ceiling
Entryways tend to be smaller than other rooms in a house, so to create a sense of space use light wall and ceiling coverings. Adding bright and colorful pictures to the walls will help to make the entryway welcoming and add to the overall brightness of the place.
Bearing in mind that as you leave your home you’ll be passing through the entryway, a mirror on one of the walls might be useful to make that last minute check on your personal appearance.
Whether it’s daytime or nighttime, making sure your entryway is bright at all times will immediately create a welcoming ambience. If you have no external windows in the entryway, make sure you have lighting in it that will always light it up, whether it is day or night. On this point it can be all too easy in the daytime to forget to turn on lights when answering he door.
Consider having light switches fitted that will automatically turn the light on as soon as either the internal or external doors are opened, or if someone enters the entryway. If you have small external windows, you might still want to consider having an automatic lighting system for the entryway or at least hang a mirror on one of the walls to ‘amplify’ the light that does get in. Either way, do not have lighting that is harsh as this can create an unwelcoming effect as easily as having no lighting at all.
Finally, why not add a touch of the outdoors indoors, by adding a potted plant on the floor or some fresh flowers on a small table in the entryway?
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