How many of you enter your home through the garage or through a back door; yes, the number is high and yet, back door entries seem to be low on the totem pole when it comes to aesthetics and design attention.
Most people enter their home through some kind of back door. These entries are often cramped quarters with shoes, boots, coats, and often laundry all stacked in one small corner. Or even worse, into a dark and dinghy hallway with no room for anything. Poorly lit and badly painted, we wouldn’t ask our guests to enter here. Our front entries, on the other hand, are mostly designed to welcome guests in a pleasing and uplifting way. Why is it that we don’t treat ourselves as well as we do our guests and create an uplifting space for us to come home to?
Here are key elements to think about:
- Think color, lighting and art, just like the rest of your home.
- A welcoming door, even if it’s in the garage!
- A place to take of wet or dirty shoes and boots.
- A place to keep your key’s so that they are easy to find.
- A place to hang your coat.
- A place to set down packages as you are divesting yourselves of your outdoor stuff.
- A mirror, like in a front entry that opens up the space and allows you to “check” yourself as you leave in the morning, a painting or a window.
- And, if there is room, a place to sit down to take shoes on and off.
Ideally, your home has a mudroom, which can sometimes be combined with laundry, but a whole room is great. When considering any kind of renovation or remodel I believe it’s important to consider your personal entry and plan a pleasing space. One that welcomes you as you enter your own home.
If you need help with a renovation or remodel, give me a call. I’m here to help you with all your home needs.