How to create a welcoming entrance for your home

outdoor lighting

When considering a home renovation most people look to update their bathrooms, kitchens or living room spaces. Although it seems more economic to renew these extensions of your everyday living, it’s equally as important to create a welcoming entry. As the first thing your guests see, your porch and entrance way should reflect the same beautiful, warm and welcoming atmosphere that the inside of your home does. The front entrance to your household should not only be approachable, but it should also be intuitive, alluring and refined. Needless to say, we have a few ways that you can create the most sublime home front.   

Pump up your foliage

Most people have an emotional connection to plants. Maybe it’s because flowers, cacti and shrubs are organic instead of mechanical? Needless to say, plants have the ability to brighten up any outdoor space by harnessing their beauty in a dramatic way. Try dangling a few floral creations around your porch, making use of your planters or extra buckets to scatter around some herbs or simply placing your favorite succulents and cacti in rainbow-colored containers and delicately distributing them along your steps. Then take a few steps back, all the way to the road if you can and consider how it looks from a distance. After all, first impressions usually happen from further away.

Include accessories and seating

Outdoor decorating can be a fun way to get artsy with your home, especially if you’re using it as a way to complement your front entry. Sometimes an elegant stone statue or a simple trickling fountain can really add a gratifying look when placed on your front porch. Although it’s best to keep in mind that the type of accessories you add should embellish the vibe of your neighborhood. You wouldn’t want pink flamingos in the lawn with garden gnomes if your home resides on an older, more charming block. Furniture is also another way to glam up your entrance if you have the room for a little bench. It’s important to not only make your porch pleasant for your guests, but also for yourself. Your porch is your outdoor living room, which means you want it to be a comfy enough ambiance to enjoy the first sips of your morning coffee.

Add some outdoor lighting

The benefits of outdoor lighting are endless and range from safety and security to a stunning night time display. Although most homes possess a single, boring porch light, your home could be glammed up with a little extra illumination. Step-deck lights are an ideal upgrade choice when you consider your guests, as they allow them to see front your steps easily. Path lighting is another must-have suggestion, because you’re able can to use almost like a map to layout the most ideal walking path. Needless to say, directional lighting has the most advantages when it comes to creating a big welcome with lighting. Directional lighting can be placed in your entrance as decoration, beaming into the sky, or as a way to accent the darker areas of your front yard. Outdoor lighting really adds the perfect drama to the exterior of your home.

How do you plan to upgrade your entry space? Tell us in the comments section below.

 

A few handy outdoor lighting techniques

directional lighting

The transition to fall can sometimes be depressing especially after you’ve spent months enjoying the longer hours of daylight. Needless to say, a good way to brush off the autumn chill is by upgrading your outdoor lighting to something a little more efficient for the months ahead. Most homeowners choose to install lower-voltage or LED lights, while others invest in some directional lighting to provide accent throughout their garden. Some outdoor light aficionados may even strategically place path lighting along their driveways in order to provide an extra glow for when the sun starts to set in the late afternoon. While the practicality of having the appropriate outdoor lighting seems more necessary this time of year, it can also prove to be a rather enchanting way to illuminate the surroundings around your home.

The more darkness there is, the more light you’ll need

It’s no secret that you’re missing the days of summer. As darkness begins to fold across the sky earlier in the day, the need for exterior lighting becomes more demanding. These longer periods of darkness usually correspond with higher energy bills, due to the fact that your household lights, both indoor and outdoor, remain on for a lengthier period of time. An easy way to combat the cost of energy is through the use of both low-voltage bulbs and LED bulbs.

Combined together, low-voltage and LED lights require less energy and usually possess a longer lifespan than the traditional light bulb. If you’re going to spend hours utilizing your exterior lighting throughout the colorful season, it only makes sense to purchase bulbs that offer you savings. Shedding light doesn’t need to be costly!

Directional lighting accents your surroundings

Another solution to the darkened gloom that often follows fall is directional lighting, which allows you to showcase all of the striking elements of your garden through the overcast shadow of an average autumn night. As one of the best ways that homeowners can enjoy their garden year-round, these lights have the ability to either up light the intensity of light towards your favorite, gigantic tree or downlight the radiance of light onto a garden statue.

Directional lighting is also used as a means of security, often facing the glare in the direction of a very dark, inactive corner.

Light your way with path lighting

It’s always a good idea to add some light to your walkways as the change in natural light shifts. In the summer, it’s still bright and sunny when you return home from work, but in the fall, you’re usually left with sunsets barely hanging on by the time you reach your porch. Not only will upgraded path lights help you find your way to your doorstep, but they can also help your invited guests see their way as well.

Step-deck lighting increases your visibility

Incorporating step-deck lighting provides a little warmth to the chill that is offset by a brilliant fall evening, the aesthetic appeal to your properties surroundings and the security that is needed to avoid any careless accidents.

Step-deck lighting is designed to illuminate your backyard, with durable fixtures that highlight your deck as a main focal point. Why shouldn’t you be able to look out your window and enjoy the featured elements of your garden?

How are you using lighting to your advantage this fall? Tell us in the comments section below.