First Impressions Matter

Most know the saying, “You never have a second chance to make a first impression.” Although that typically refers to meeting new people, it applies to your home too. There are several ways to wow your guests when it comes to your home’s visual features. But if you aren’t sure where to begin, here are some helpful pointers.

Curb Appeal

The very first thing anyone sees while pulling up to your home is the exterior. They take in the style of the home, the color palette, the shrubbery, and even the front door.

Use your home’s exterior to your advantage. Is it a reflection of your personality? With various style and color options available, choose what best lets you express your individuality.

If you aren’t sure where to start, sometimes all it takes is a few touch ups or a fresh coat of paint to make a home look new and modern.


When you’re ready to step away from the curb and head inside, the first element you need to consider is the door. The door itself can serve multiple purposes — both functional and visual.

You’ll want to consider the style, and make sure that it aligns with the established exterior of the home. From there, consider the color. Your choice should work to make the interior and exterior feel cohesive.

The front door can also serve as a source of natural light. There is an array of glass options — all of which allow sunlight to shine through. The question is, how much light do you want? 

Whether you want a full door of glass, a transom across the top, or sidelites that add a touch of natural lighting, there are choices to work with.


One of the easiest ways to create a wow factor in your entryway is with a unique, bold, or dramatic light fixture. You don’t want something small that will dull the potential of the space. However, you also want to consider the statement you’re trying to make. Do you want drama and flair or are you looking for a subtle showstopper?

These aesthetic goals are impacted by the shape of the fixture, the bulb size and shape, the finish, and what your personal style leads you to choose.


Liven up your space with the use of texture. Your options are nearly limitless. Use strips of wood on top of the drywall to create geometric designs and patterns. Use art hangings with dimension. Or consider using a statement wallpaper on an accent wall.


Round out your space by tying it together with functionality. What is your entryway used for? Will it be the drop-off zone for shoes and jackets? Or will it be a place to hang your keys and check your hair?

Once you’ve got the purpose down, it’s time to start furnishing.

For shoe removal, opt for a plush bench for guests to sit on. If you’re looking for a spot to do a quick self-check, an ornate or fun mirror will suffice. Maybe you just want to feature a table and some baskets or bowls that represent your aesthetic a little more.

These are all ways to utilize your space while making it your own — and packing it with an aesthetic punch.

Now that you know where to begin, it’s time to put a bit more wow into your entryway. If you’re looking for a new home to make the right first impression with, take a look through our floor plans or talk to a New Home Consultant, today.