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8 Inviting Ways To Make a Grand Entrance

By November 19, 2015May 20th, 2022No Comments
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8 Inviting ways to make a grand entrance can be simple. Understanding the details that make a great first impression on visitors is important. The main entrance may not be the one we always use. If you enter your home through another door, special attention needs to be paid to the main entrance so it does not become forgotten.

Making an impressionable grand entrance is essential when selling, but while you live there it’s also a welcoming way to greet your guests.

Here are 8 simple steps to create a grand entrance:

Front Door

Did you know that by replacing your front door you can reap 85%* of the cost? This investment not only sets a great first impression, but you also benefit from recouping some of the cost. Win/win. If you do not have the means to replace a door right away consider painting it so it is in excellent shape.


Your door handle is an accessory similar to jewelry for an outfit. Adding stylish hardware will convey richness to a simple door. If you have a more contemporary style home consider a slim chrome finish handset. In a more traditional home, you could consider a rubbed brass or black handle. Selecting a handset that complements the style of door and home, can make a great impression.


The combination of colors gives your house personality. Consider the color of your front door. A fresh coat of paint is also a win/win proposition when selling because it manifests the feeling of a well-cared-for-home. Adding a pop of color that complements your stone and roof color will create a cohesive statement. Typically a color scheme for a home entails two or three colors but no more. Adding a pop of color to the front door always conveys a welcoming feeling.


The purpose of the lighting is to illuminate the entrance making it easy for guest to find their way. When selecting lighting consider the proportion and size of the lights. Outside the lights can be larger because the area you have is more open. Consider not only sidelights on either side of a doorway, but also hanging lights if the house is constructed to accommodate one.

Also, consider path lighting and up lighting to accentuate the beauty of the home, and landscaping. Depending on the area of the country you reside in, the style of the house will command which lights to choose to create a cohesive look.

House numbers-

If your door is visible from the road, house numbers help visitors find you. Consider selecting a metal that complements the door handle. Ensure the numbers are large enough to be able to be read from a distance.


This not only includes the foundation plantings leading up to the front door but the material your walkway is done in. Brick, slate, and crushed stone are a few of the materials that can be used for creating the path leading to your grand entrance.


Potted and hanging plants in decorative containers also enhance an entrance that says “Welcome.” If you choose flowering plants choose colors that complement the outdoor color scheme.


If you have a front porch select a few pieces of furniture that will fit the area. A couple of chairs or benches say “come on by and sit awhile.” The color of the cushions can add a pop of color.

Of course, not all these items may work for your style of home, but taking a few of the ideas can greatly increase the inviting factor that impresses visitors coming to your home.

*according to NAR Exterior Replacement Projects Provide Biggest Return on Investment

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Karen GP

Author Karen GP

Karen GrayPlaisted is the principle owner of Design Solutions KGP. She is a graduate from Pace University and The Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. Her marketing background and design sense are a perfect combination for home sellers. In the first year she began her staging business, she won the ‘Rising Star’ accolade from RESA, selected from all North American stagers, USA and Canada. In 2016 she won top Occupied Stager in the USA. Karen’s ability to educate and empower clients using simple solutions allows homeowners to transform their spaces with desirable affordable decadence.

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