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Elevate Your Entrance: Three Tips to Give the Ultimate First Impression

Katharina

Founder, Katharina Thinnes Real Estate Group  Committed and tenacious, Katharina found herself working in the real estate market at age 19 and wo...

Founder, Katharina Thinnes Real Estate Group  Committed and tenacious, Katharina found herself working in the real estate market at age 19 and wo...

Jun 26 3 minutes read

Photo via: Architectural Digest

We all know the saying, “First impressions are lasting impressions.” Well, I’m here to tell you that the same goes for the first impression of a home (no pressure). 

I call it the “wow factor” that intrigues guests, draws them in, and makes them want to see more. When it comes to a potential buyer, that first moment to impress begins with curb appeal – and shines once they take that first step into the entrance or foyer.

My 20 years as both an interior designer and agent has led me to see the reactions on hundreds (nearly thousands) of people’s faces when they walk through the door of a new home. I’m ready to share my secrets to making that reaction a positive “OH WOW!” that they will think about even after they’re gone.


1. Transform lighting into an art piece.

Brighten your space with a unique light fixture that serves as a talking piece without the added clutter. A great and easy way to instantly transform a space (even small). Not to mention, lighting is a great way to showcase high ceilings, crown molding and details by drawing the eyes upwards.


2. Make it “grand”. 

It’s called a “grand entrance” for a reason. Make your foyer larger than life with oversized art pieces that are hard to miss. In addition to giving the room character, large pieces create interesting vignettes and scale while pulling together elements of the room with texture and color. Just don’t forget to make it chic.


3. Mix design & functionality.

Mix textures, colors, and furniture to create a cohesive design that is both chic and functional. For example, guests instantly feel at home with a seating positioned in your entrance way. Or, create a story with a desk and chairs that gives context to life in the home. 


Don’t always judge a book by its cover… but definitely always judge a home by its foyer! Your entranceway is the one room in your home that sees the most traffic. The above elements are sure impress your guests with the “wow factor”, from strategically scaled design to grand effects that embrace both fashion and function. 

Check out the images below for inspiration (via Pinterest)! Interested in learning more about design or staging? Don’t hesitate to reach out. 

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