Even though they are closely connected, the entryway and living room offer the possibility of different decorating schemes. Because the living room is generally visible from the entryway, the key is to use decorating strategies that distinguish the entryway without clashing with the living room and vice versa. Distinguish each area with your choice of decor.
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Work With Moods or Themes
Ideally, an entryway welcomes guests into your home with appealing and uncluttered decor. Wall treatments offer an effective way to give the entryway a different mood or theme from the living room. Paint it a different color or use wallpaper and it becomes a separate space from your living area. A light, neutral color such as white, cream, tan, taupe or light brown creates a warm entry without the risk of clashing with the living room. Using the same neutral color for the home’s entry and hallways creates a harmonious effect.
Decorate With Different Style Rugs
No matter what style of entryway the home has, an area rug or runner defines the space and sets it off from the living room. This works even if the front door opens directly into the living room. An entry rug with a bold or intricate pattern creates a different mood from a solid carpet or area rug in the living room. An entryway rug in plant fibers such as jute offers a durable, practical option for homes with pets or children.
Arrange Furniture in Different Wood Finishes
Furniture in contrasting wood finishes creates an immediate distinction between the entryway decor and the living room, without being visually jarring. An entryway with a dark walnut cabinet and boot box offers a different mood from a living room in warm wood finishes such as golden oak, pine or maple. Furniture with contrasting paint colors offers a similar effect, such as painted cream or blue cabinets or a bench in the entryway and black painted or red lacquer furniture in the living room.
Accessorize in Different Styles
Accessories in the entryway and living room complete the different styles for each area. Lighting distinguishes the spaces. An updated chandelier or pendant light gives a warm welcome in the entry. Table lamps, floor lamps, ceiling fixtures or wall sconces with dimmer switches in the living room allow you to control the amount of light to suit various activities. The entryway often serves as the place household members keep items they take with them when they leave home, such as jackets, hats, briefcases and backpacks. Baskets on a shelf and wall hooks suit a casual style; a hall tree, bench or antique cabinet work well for a traditional entryway.