The entrance to your home is so important, but it often gets overlooked in favour of the rooms that you spend the most time in. However, you should remember that your home’s entrance is the first thing that you see when you get back from a long day at work. It’s the first thing your friends and family see when they come to visit you, and it’s the first thing a potential buyer would see, if you were to put your home up for sale. For that reason, it’s important not to neglect your entrance, and instead, let it set the standard for the rest of your home. Let’s take a look at renovating the exterior, hallway and the stairs.
Kerb appeal is all about how good your home looks from the outside. It starts with your front garden. If you have the space, trim the grass down and place some bright flowers around the entrance. Clear any weeds, and make sure that you keep on top of them. Next, you’ll need a path. A path easily guides visitors to your home, and you should make it wide enough for two people if you can. You should paint your front door a lovely bright colour – red always looks great. Keep gutters clear of leaves, and pressure wash the roof if you can. The result is that your home will always look clean and inviting from the outside, to set the tone for inside.
Transforming your hallway can make all the difference. You should start with the floor – you need something that is hard-wearing and durable – wood works great, as do patterned tiles to make a bit of a statement- and then you can use rugs to add colour and texture. Next up: lighting. The hallway can be a dark area, so a chandelier or pendant lighting will make the space feel more welcoming. Don’t shy away from putting furniture in your hallway – a thin chest of drawers doubles up as a storage space, or even an end table, where you can put the stuff you need when you go out so that you don’t forget! Bear in mind that such a small space can feel overcrowded easily, so you should avoid any clutter at all. Lastly, think about colour. Narrow hallways need a light colour on the walls, as dark colours will only make them feel smaller.
When it comes to transforming your stairs, you can spend as little, or as less, as you would like. If you’re on a tight budget, you could try painting the sides and placing a patterned runner to make a statement. If you have a little bit more money and time to invest, why not visit a reputable provider of stair parts, who can advise you on replacing the balustrades and treads to create more of a transformation. Think about those floating glass staircases that you’ve seen on Instagram – they could be within reach! Most people think that renovating their stairs is too costly, but it doesn’t have to be. Sometimes, the structure can stay the same, and the outside can be renovated.
Whatever your budget is, it doesn’t take much to update the entrance to your home. With a tin of paint, some imagination and a love of patterns, you can make some great changes affordably! If you do have a little more to spend, a full staircase renovation works wonders.
This post is in collaboration with Cheshire Mouldings. Read my full disclaimer here.
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