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How to Stage an Entryway

Updated: Apr 15, 2022

As a seasoned home staging company in Denver, we know that the entryway of your home is the first thing that buyers will see when they walk through the door. It’s the very first impression that they get about your home.

You want to make sure that this space is both inviting and clear from any clutter. This post will guide you on how to create the perfect entry way for staging your home!

A beautiful and inviting entryway that was created by our home staging company in Denver.

The entryway of your home is the first thing that buyers will see when they walk through the door. It’s the very first impression that they get about your home.

To start home staging your entryway, you want to first identify its strengths and its weaknesses. In this blog, we’ll help you identify ways that you an emphasize this space and put it in the best possible light and help minimize some of the negatives.

Identify Your Entryway’s Strengths and Weaknesses

Grab a sheet of paper and a pen. Make two columns and title one “strengths” and the other column “weaknesses”. Now, take a look at your entryway and identify the strengths of that space. For example, doe sit have tons of light that comes through? Is it a large inviting space? Are their focal points, like cathedral ceilings? List any areas that you think are important for potential buyers to focus on.

Now, jot down the weaknesses of the space or areas you don’t want to highlight. Is it a narrow space? Do you have too much clutter? Is it dark and gloomy? Is it an awkward layout?

Once you have a list of items of areas you want to highlight and areas you want to diminish, it’s time to start working on your entryway to make it more marketable for potential buyers.

Clear out the Clutter

Because this space sets the stage for the entire house, it needs to be immaculate. It’s important to keep this space neat, clean and tidy, because it will immediately either invite the potential buyer in to explore further or turn them off. Here’s a few tips to simplify this space:

  • Remove any shoe racks, coat racks, key holders, containers, pet accessories, etc.

  • Remove any door mats or rugs from this space.

  • Remove any personal wall hangings like family photos or busy pictures from the wall.

Repair and Remove

Next, you’ll want to repair, replace, or remove anything from this area that needs updating. Here are a few tips on what to focus on:

  • Make sure and clean this area thoroughly. That includes the floors and baseboard too!

  • Wipe away any cobwebs or dust bunnies in the corners of this room.

  • Patch any holes or cracks in your walls.

  • Eliminate any odors. You want to make sure that the first smell, is the best smell. This is especially important if you have pets!

Highlight the Best Areas

Now that we’ve cleaned out the space and removed all the clutter, it’s time to start to highlight the best features of this area. You also have your list of the best features, so let’s illuminate those! Here’s a few tips:

  • Repaint this space in a neutral color.

  • Open the blinds to let in natural light and remove any curtains. You want to create a bright space!

  • Add a mirror to create more light, as it will reflect the natural light coming in from any windows.

  • Don’t forget to remove any distracting wall paper or personalized decorations. Keep this space minimal.

Update Your Space

So now you’ve cleared out the clutter, personal items, brought in more natural light and repainted it. Now it’s time to freshen things up even more by updating a few things. Here are several tips on how to make this space even more inviting:

  • Give your front door a fresh look by either replacing it or repainting it.

  • Update or replace any flooring that’s old or worn.

  • Swap out a light fixture with something updated and modern.

  • Replace door hardware or even spray paint it for a fresh new look.

  • Paint any window trim that’s chipped.

  • Paint trim around your flooring or door. (A fresh white is always a clean and inviting look!)

Create a Vinette

Now, you need to create an area that will hook the potential buyers as soon as they walk in the door and set the stage for the entire home. You need to create a welcoming spot for buyers to envision coming home from work and having a place to set their things down. Here are some tips to do that:

  • Add a simple straight-lined table to the space. Make sure to note the size of the table so that it doesn’t overwhelm the area. You don’t want anything too overwhelming!

  • Add a piece of neutral artwork (abstract works best!) or even a mirror over the table to add visual appeal. Remember to keep the artwork at eye-level.

  • Add a lamp with the right lightbulb to create warmth and additional light in this space.

  • Add a potted plant or a bouquet of flowers to transition people from the outdoor space to the inside space.

  • If the space allows, add a bench with throw pillows!

Now that you’ve created a warm and inviting entry space, move on to the living room to DIY home stage the other areas of your house!

Also, if you need further assistance on creating an entryway that sells, contact us! We’re a professional home staging company in the Denver area! Or, check out some of our other blog posts for more DIY tips.

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