How to make a stunning first impression

When building, renovating, or even just decorating a home, most people think first of how they’ll style large spaces such as their kitchen, living room or master bedroom. The humble entryway is often overlooked as a key design area, even though from a style perspective, it’s actually one of the most important rooms in the house.

You only have one chance to make a stunning first impression, so it’s important that the first area your guests enter feels welcoming and reflects your personal style. Additionally, a well-styled foyer can affect your own mood – making you feel happy and comfortable as you arrive home or head out for the day – or not.


Since the lighting in your entryway has a huge impact on the atmosphere of the space (as well as the rest of your house), follow these 3 simple steps to live in a brighter, more welcoming home.

1. Layer in Light.
Often a relatively small space, combining several light sources in your entryway will give it an inviting glow. Style two or three lights together such as pendants, lamps, or wall sconces to fill your space with soft, ambient light. Bonus points: use a dimmer or smart lighting globes to adjust the brightness of your lights depending on the occasion or time of day. Calm lighting in the entryway can be relaxing for guests – and for you – when entering the home.

PRO TIP: Stay away from the “runway” look. If your entryway starts with a hallway, avoid placing downlights in a straight line down the hall as that often creates a cold “runway” look.

How to design your entryway with lightingImage courtesy to Selling Houses Australia

2. Show off Your Personal Style with a Central Focal Point – or Two!
Placing a statement light fixture, piece of furniture and/or artwork in your entryway gives your home personality from the moment someone steps in. This sets the tone for the design of the rest of your home, and depending on the piece, can change the overall feeling in the space. A mirror is a wise choice if you have a small entryway as it will amplify light and visually help expand the space.

PRO TIP: If you plan to style with a table lamp, keep the base slim so that the lamp doesn’t feel overwhelming, especially on a slender shelf or console table.


3. Get the Scale Right.
A grand foyer with one tiny table can look lost in space, but too many large objects in your entryway will feel crowded. To keep it simple, make a bright first impression with a large light fixture such as a bold pendant or modern chandelier which can make your room feel larger and taller.

PRO TIP: To get the scale right with overhead lighting, remember to suspend your light so that the bottom is around two metres from the floor. If you hang it much higher, you’ll lose its visual effect, but if hung much lower, you’ll truncate the space.

How to design your entryway with lightingImage courtesy to Selling Houses Australia

Live in a home or apartment without a traditional foyer? Create your own “faux” entryway using a few strategically placed pieces such as a table, mirror or artwork and light. Make a fantastic first impression by selecting decorations in the same colour scheme as the closest room to create a smooth visual transition between both spaces.

How to design your entryway with lighting

Whether you’re styling for a grand entrance or simply a relaxing welcome home, selecting the right lighting will ensure you love your entryway.

If you’re still unsure of the look that’s best for you, meet with one of our experts! Beacon’s Design Studio consultants are accredited lighting designers with extensive experience in interior design. Schedule an appointment with a professional near you, click here to book today!

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