Welcome visitors by thinking about your lighting. Install a dimmer switch in your entryway so that you can adjust to produce a warm, soft glow or to shine bright on a rainy day.
Don’t let spring showers create a wet floor—repurpose a garden planter as an umbrella stand. It’s a simple, affordable way to instantly add character and organization to your entrance.
Create a focal point with a distressed, vintage-inspired chest. Look for curved designs, rich finishes and deep drawers for a storage-friendly statement piece. Plus, long legs allow for extra storage space underneath.
Greet guests with a decorative area rug that also acts as a catch-all for incoming dirt, helping protect floors while adding a warm welcome to your entryway.
Create a chevron stencil. Draw it out on cardboard, measuring with a ruler to make sure it’s even. You can also purchase ready-made stencils in a variety of designs at the paint department of your local The Home Depot.
Use a hobby knife and ruler to cut the stencil out.
Trace the pattern in pencil along your risers, repeating it evenly from one end to the other.
Following the pencil lines, fill in your chevron pattern with 3" painter’s tape, trimming away the excess with your hobby knife.
Paint over the tape with your foam roller (not too much paint, though, or it will bleed through the tape). If you’re painting over raw wood or concrete, make sure to use a primer before applying any paint.
Once dry, switch the tape to the outside of the pattern, and fill it in with an artist’s brush. Then simply remove the tape, touch up any imperfections and enjoy!