Holiday Decorating Tips for Your Home's Entryway

Written by Karen Linder
Updated November 30, 2016
Christmas wreath on door
Wow your holiday guests from the moment they enter your door this holiday season. (Photo courtesy of Strock Enterprises)

Transform your home's entryway before holiday guests arrive this season.

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The holidays are fast approaching and soon we will have family and friends over to share in the festivities! Before they arrive, get your house ready to impress without shelling out abundant amounts of time and money.

First, you can start with your entryway to give them the wow factor the moment they arrive.

Paint: quick, easy and inexpensive

Go for an elegant bold by using neutrals in taupes and grays. Some of my favorite paint colors to achieve this effect are Dovetail Gray, Gauntlet Gray, Useful Gray, Poised Taupe, Virtual Taupe and Tavern Taupe. 

Add new piece of art

You don’t have to spend a lot of money on a piece of art to spice up your entryway. Check out Home Goods, Pier One or World Market for some inexpensive pieces. You can even find an eye-catching console table while you are out.

For another option, take a piece of art from another room and see how it looks in the entry. Add a new chandelier to go with the new look. Also, don’t forget the floor! Spruce it up with a new rug while you are perusing through the stores. 

Update the powder bathroom

Are your bathroom walls looking a little rough and worn? Paint will save them. Go for a bold look with deep blues, deep grays, dark taupes, bold reds or rustic rusts. Add new art to the walls, a new light fixture with a little crystal, or even new hand towels and rugs. For plants, go with poinsettias or amaryllis.

Renew your dining room

The dining room is one room that will get a lot of use during the holidays. Try midnight blue, silvery gray, warm red or soft golden yellow paint color. If paint isn’t the answer, upholster the chairs to give them a new look. For this project, you will need approximately a half-yard of fabric per chair.

Finish off the room with some drapery panels – check out Bed Bath and Beyond, Target or Pottery Barn. A new chandelier is always a showstopper that creates an ambience for an intimate dining experience with your family and friends. Finally, don’t forget the centerpiece. Use flowers, candles, ribbons and fresh swags on your table. 

Don’t forget the living room

Instead of painting the entire room, paint an accent wall. Add some new lamps and a new coffee table or end table. Need a little extra seating? Add some ottoman poufs in different fabrics 
(leather, faux furs, velvets) to create some visual interest. Get a large plant and use an uplight from Home Depot or Lowe’s for accent lighting. Finish off the room with some Drapery or a new rug to anchor your conversation area.

If you have guests staying with you, you can use the same tips to give them the ultimate experience. Paint the room or get some new bedding, add some new artwork or new lamps and towels. You can also freshen the space by simply adding some fresh flowers to the room.

Have fun with your projects and keep it simple! 

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