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First impressions are everything. People make snap judgements in seconds based on all sorts of things, and your house is no exception.

Before they’ve even reached the front door, they’ll already have made assumptions about you and your family. A few steps inside and they’ll think they already know you. If you don’t want people to get the wrong impression of you, you need to make sure that the entrance to your home gives the right first impression. There are so many tiny details that can shape a person’s impression of you so you can’t afford to overlook even the tiniest one.

The Front Door

Most people think of a front door as nothing more than a way in and out of the house, but it’s so much more than that. It forms the central focal point of the front of your house so it’s vital that you get it right. The colour that you choose to paint it in will set the tone for the rest of your house and give people an impression about your style. It needs to fit with the interior of the house otherwise the transition will be jarring. If you paint the front door in a bold, bright colour, and the interior in pale, neutral colours, they won’t gel well together. Residential entrance canopies are another great feature to add to your front door. They give the whole exterior of the house an incredibly quaint traditional look that you can carry throughout the house.

The Garden

An untidy garden says a lot about a person. Somebody that doesn’t take the time to keep their garden tidy will paint a picture of a person that is generally untidy in all aspects of their life. Unkempt lawns and overgrown flowers will set the tone for the rest of the house and people will enter with a bad impression before you’ve even started. Your dream garden will give people a sense of your style. Make sure that the grass is cut regularly and any weeds are pulled from the pathway.

A Well Lit Entrance

Once you’re down the pathway and through the front door, you’ve got a couple of seconds before somebody has made a decision about your home. If they open the door into a dark and dingy hallway, they’ll immediately feel negative about the whole place. They’ll also be unable to see the effort that you’ve put into the decoration. Hanging some fairy lights around the entrance will give you some extra light and it’s a nice touch that people will enjoy. For a more traditional, romantic atmosphere, try dotting a few candles around.

Temperature

The only thing worse than a dark house is a cold one. People want to feel welcomed when they enter your home. If it’s freezing cold, they’ll feel the opposite. That doesn’t mean that you need to have the heating on full all of the time, but if you’re expecting guests, make sure that it’s a nice temperature in the house.

A bad first impression is difficult to come back from so it’s vital that you make sure your house tells people exactly what you want it to.

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