It's not quite time for pumpkins at the entryway, but summer is fading and along with it the bright summer colors and decorating scheme. Autumn is on its way, whether we love it or not. During this transition period, there are ways to dress up your home indoors and outside, so here are entryway ideas to help you enjoy this time of year.
Entryway Idea #1: Warm up the Decor
Summertime lends itself to bright colors and soft ones,. During this transition time, the rich tones of the types of flowers that are in bloom and the vegetables that gardens are producing work nicely. One of the simplest changes you can make is switching out chair cushions for deep yellows or warm reds. According to Real Simple, red is a welcoming color, so it's perfect.
A simple arrangement of sunflowers or potted mums is a perfect transition element, as the blooms look like summer but the colors are all fall. If your entryway floor is bare, think about a new utility rug in a rich red or orange to complement the season. And if warm colors aren't your thing, a deep turquoise can give your space a cozier feeling.
Wall art is another way to add warmth to the entryway that might otherwise be bare in comparison to summer. On the porch or just inside the front door, wall decor in bare metals or wood are a nice finishing touch.
Entryway Idea #2: Get Ready for Back to School
The end of summer means something besides cooler nights and slightly shorter days. It also means that it's time for back-to-school. If your household is about to bustle with school activity, take steps now to keep the entryway more organized. (Read: Homeowner Tips for Busy Parents)
It's normal for kids to come through the front door and drop belongings everywhere. And on the front porch, after school gatherings with friends can leave the whole area littered with toys. But with the right organization in those clutter-prone zones, better habits are easier to instill.
A cubby just inside the door gives kids a place for everything from jackets and backpacks to boots and shoes. If you don't have the space for a built-in, Better Homes and Gardens reminds that a small space can be just as handy. Add a small cubby and a few hooks on the wall to serve the same purpose. An on the porch, try a toy container to keep the area tidier instead of cluttered.
Entryway Ideas #3: Think about New Paint
The end of summer might not be the most common time to paint, but the weather is still nice. And once the kids go back to school, you might have more time for a project. Painting the entryway freshens it up for the new season.
Try out a new color inside the front door. Maybe something bolder or warmer. Or maybe just an accent wall. On the front porch, a new coat of paint on the door is a low-stress and low-cost makeover that has a big impact. And it sets a great backdrop for a new door wreath.
If your entryway has furnishings, such as a chair or two and a table, fresh paint can either freshen them up after a long season of abuse and hot weather, or it can give them a whole new look. Spray paint isn't expensive, and it dries fast.
The entryway might not be an area where you spend a lot of time, but it's the part of your home that welcomes you, your family and guests that stop by. (Read: Entryway Ideas & First Impressions) Dressing it up doesn't require a major financial commitment, and it can do wonders for your morale now that summer is fading out for another year.
Do you have a special way of decorating your foyer for the gap season between summer and fall? It might be too early for leaves and pumpkins, but it's the right time to start making the transition. We'd love to hear how you decorate your entryway this time of year.