12 Tips For Creating A Warm, Welcoming Entryway This Winter

Winter is a great time to freshen up the look of your entryway. A foyer marks your guest’s first impression to your home, and you want to make sure it looks great in every season. Winter is the perfect time to give your guests a warm welcome the moment they step into your house - and we have the tips to get you started.


1. Lighting can make all of the difference in whether a room feels warm or isolating. The key to good light is layering - mix up different forms of lighting. You can have lamps, canned lights, a chandelier - any combination to make sure that light invades every corner of your foyer.

2. Since it is the holiday season, you can get creative and bring Christmas lights into your home, either with fun multi-colored strands or a simple strand of white lights for a more classic effect.

3. Winter is also a great time to utilize your candle collection, as the fire will remind your guests of the warmth they’re trying to get back in their fingers after being out in the cold. You can get holiday candles that smell like candy canes, or just use simple white candles that will match your existing decor.

Bring out the ornaments

4. If you have collected more ornaments over the years than you know what to do with, don’t worry. You don’t have to clutter up your tree trying to squeeze them all in. Instead, fill a glass vase with your favorite brightly colored ornaments.

5. You can even hang ornaments off of the garland above your entryway, or off of a chandelier. Decorating your entryway with ornaments is a great way to exhibit the warmth and energy of the holiday spirit, while also showing your mother that you’ve saved the ballerina ornament she gave you when you were a kid.

Play with color

6. Winter is a great time to take advantage of the various colors of the holidays and bring those hues into your house. You can play with a nature palette to reflect the world outside: white, gray, brown, and green. Adding red accents - holly berry sprigs on the side table, red candles, etc - will keep your entryway from looking dull with their burst of color.

7. No matter what your entryway color palette is, you can add complimentary pops of holiday color. Bring in some holiday spirit with tinsel and garlands of red, green, gold or silver - whatever matches the room best. You can drape them over the door, around picture frames or a mirror, or anything else that will hold them.


8. Although most outside plants die for the winter, there are still plenty of materials for you to work with indoors. Poinsettias are a beautiful seasonal flower that you can use as a centerpiece on your side table in the entryway. While most poinsettias are red, you can also buy them in white if that suits you better.

9. In addition to putting a wreath on your door, you can also decorate the inside of the doorway with a garland of pine branches. Since evergreen trees are the only trees to keep their foliage through the snow, winter is a great time to utilize their look in your home design.

10. Acorns are a great product of nature to utilize in the fall for seasonal decor, and pinecones are the winter version of acorns. Fill a glass vase with pine cones you buy from a craft store, or even ones you collected yourself from the year.

11. If you live in the south you can bring a festive beach vibe into your house with white starfish and seashells set out in a bowl.

Don’t Forget the Potpourri

12. To make your entryway feel welcoming, you want to work with the entire atmosphere. Visuals aren’t enough - incorporate some potpourri, too. The potpourri will make your house smell inviting, and you can choose from an assortment of holiday smells. Any package that smells like cinnamon, mint, or pine will set the mood and bring the Christmas spirit into the house. The moment you guests step into your house they’ll feel like they walked into a Christmas card.

KellyRose McAleer
KellyRose McAleer
KellyRose McAleer is a graduate of the University of Iowa and a writer for RemodelingCentral. Also, it’s KellyRose. It's not Kelly; It's not Rose. You can find her here
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