Create a Cozy, Welcoming Entryway for the Holidays

Having a home that exudes "hygge" -- that safe, cozy feeling that makes you want to come in and snuggle up with a warm, fuzzy blanket and a steaming cup of hot cocoa -- is something most of us strive for during the holiday season. Whether you're staging to sell or just decorating for your own pleasure, one of the first steps in establishing that welcoming vibe for your home is to create an inviting entryway. This space is literally the first impression people will have of the interior of your house and sets the tone for the rest of the house. And during the holidays, you want visitors, as well as potential buyers, to feel that your house is a place where they can relax, unwind, and feel at home.

How to Stage an Entryway

The entryway (or foyer or entrance hall, depending on what part of the country you're from) is literally the first impression buyers will have of the interior of your home -- making this space appealing is the first step in helping buyers establish a particular feeling about your house. As with all first impressions, buyers will form an opinion about your house within a matter of seconds -- either positive or negative -- that they will try to further support as they view the rest of your home. If that first impression is a good one, they tend to look for attributes throughout the home tour that will support those initial feelings. So what's the best way to stage the entryway when selling your home?