Although it’s common to use “entrance” and “entryway” interchangeably to refer to the space where guests enter your home, they actually mean two different things. The entrance of your home refers to the space just outside the front door or the area leading up to your home. The entryway, on the other hand, refers the space just inside the door.
No matter what you call them, both areas of your home should feel inviting and warm, especially as the holidays approach and the temperatures continue to drop. Here are a few tips for capturing the essence of the season in both the entrance and entryway of your home.
The front door is the gateway to your home, and it’s the first thing visitors notice when walking up to your house. Highlight your door with a beautiful wreath inspired by the season. Choose wreaths made of materials with an earthy, natural feel, like burnt orange leaves, pinecones and tiny pumpkins. Try adding depth by twisting in a bit of burlap or ribbon.
Have a love of harvest produce? Craft the ultimate DIY wreath using only Indian corn, allowing the hulls of the corn to flare out for a breathtakingly simple design. Or if you prefer something sweeter, try a wreath of artificial apples for a vibrant, eye-catching look.
While it’s common to hang wreaths on a door, they can be just as gorgeous elsewhere in the home. If you have a table in your entryway, place the wreath on the table and arrange a few candles and pinecones inside. We recommend battery-operated LED candles—they offer a radiant glow without the fire hazard.
There’s really no way to avoid the pumpkin craze this time of year, so go ahead—give in. You can utilize pumpkins in a number of ways in your entrance. For example, try placing them in stacks near either side of your front door. Another option we love is filling two large planters with a medley of pumpkins, squash and twigs and placing them on either side of the front door.
If you’d like to add a more customized flair to your entryway, try using your pumpkins as your very own artistic canvas. Wrap the gourds in different colored materials and tie them with ribbons. Cover white pumpkins in black lace for a more elegant, upscale fall look and place them in select corners of the entryway. You might even get a little sparkly and cover a few small pumpkins in gold glitter. The pumpkin possibilities are endless!
Vases aren’t just for floral arrangements. Fill a large glass vase with acorns and place a candle in the middle for an enchanting fall look for tables or shelves in the entryway. Vases filled with a mixture of small white and orange pumpkins also look great this time of year. Or take things up a notch by pasting artificial fall leaves on your glass vase and placing a mixture of pumpkins, acorns, pinecones and branches inside.
Of course, you can still use your vase for flowers. Stick to flowers that are associated with fall, such as perennials, dahlias and, if you’re in the mood to go big, sunflowers.
Lanterns just seem to add that extra magical charm wherever you use them. Though they’re primarily used for candles, glass lanterns can be treated like vases—try stuffing them with an array of your favorite fall accents and artificial fall flowers. If you decide to use lanterns for lighting, consider exchanging candles for battery-operated string lights for a dreamy holiday look.