Is Your Front Entryway Making a Positive or Negative Impression?

Updated August 5, 2020

You have no doubt heard a thousand times by now that first impressions are SO important.  And there could be nothing truer than the front entryway in your home.  Potential buyers will make either a positive or negative first impression based on what your entrance way looks like.

How does your front entrance look like? Is it trendy and inviting or tired and dated?

Does your front entryway into your home make a first impression that potential buyers see when they walk into your home? The front entrance is the first impression people get of your home.  If they walk into a messy dated entrance full of shoes, coats and kids’ backpacks just thrown on the floor, well, they are naturally going to think the rest of the house is like that even if it isn’t.  So you’re creating a false impression in peoples’ mind which will take work to reverse that negative first impression.

Likewise, if the front entrance is neat and tidy, trendy with neutral paint colors, the buyer automatically has a favorable impression before seeing the rest of the house. They’re looking forward to seeing what else is in store in the home.

The Challenge with Front Entrances is:

We live in a fast past world so usually the front entrance is the dumping ground for mail, kids stuff, parents stuff and it ends up looking quite cluttered.  One family’s home I staged had two boys in rep hockey which meant that the hockey equipment usually stayed near the front entrance since each boy had approximately 3 games a week.

Front Entryways typically have room for a buffet nicely decorated with a lamps, a beautiful centrepiece and a stunning picture or mirror on the wall.  The wall can be a stunning accent or feature wall with a different trendy color from the neutral color on the walls, wallpaper, or a feature like textured wood.

Some houses are large enough to have chairs on either side of a side table and it looks stunning!!!  BUT the entrance way/hallway must be wide enough to support it.

Benches OR side tables near the front entrance are fine if:

  • They fit into the decor of the home
  • They’re appropriate in size and not blocking an entrance way or too close to a door opening.  They need to look like they belong
  • They’re not overloaded with stuff.  In other words, they need to be free of clutter

 Homeowners often add extra cupboards, coat racks, shoe racks etc to the entrance way to store their belongings that don’t fit into the closet.  You’re just telling potential buyers that your closet doesn’t have enough storage space. Get rid of these extra items.  They don’t belong!


Closets should be about half to two-thirds full.  If you’re storing both fall/winter & spring/summer jackets, hats, shoes/boots etc in your closet, pack up the off-season clothing and store them elsewhere.  You don’t need them to be taking up valuable real estate.

That goes for shoes too.  Just keep a couple of pairs of shoes in the closet.  The rest are going to need to be stored elsewhere.  You should be able to see the floor of the closet!

Your entrance way needs to set the tone of the home.  It needs to be peaceful, calm and serene.



Debi-Collinson-Add-Value-to-your-Home I’m Debi Collinson. Stager. Stylist. Real Estate Investor. In 2006, at the request of a realtor, I staged my very first home. Staging houses was just starting to become popular. I watched every staging show on HGTV that I could find. I was very nervous staging my first house, but the sellers liked their newly redesigned home so much that they turned down an offer for full asking price. I went back to design school and have never looked back. Since 2006, I have been staging & styling spaces to make them look like they belong in a magazine page, and buying “fixer uppers” to fix up & either sell for a healthy profit or to rent them out. Sign up to receive my e-mails of how to make your home stunning, how to sell your house for top dollar AND how to become financially independent one fixer upper at a time!


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  1. What can you do with the entryway for raised bungalows.
    There is only a small area with an Up and Down stair which leves no room for furniture.

    1. Hi Jayne. Its hard to say without seeing a picture, but there are some narrow entryway tables for small spaces, or perhaps a small shelf for keys etc. You can search condo size entryway tables. I’ve seen some entryways that are stunning with artwork or a small gallery wall of photos. I hope that helps. Thanks for dropping by! Debi

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