47°FOvercastFull Forecast

<p>(BPT) - Holiday season guests will soon come knocking at your front door. What&rsquo;s the first impression your home&rsquo;s entryway creates? Is it a warm, friendly welcome, or is the cold hard truth that your home&rsquo;s entryway could use some improvement?</p><p>If the latter is true, try these handy holiday entryway-decorating tips from <a href="http://www.pella.com/news" rel="nofollow">Pella Windows and Doors</a> to create an inviting entryway and make everyone feel right at home.</p><p>Tips for creating a positive first impression with an inviting entry into your home:</p><p>* <a href="http://www.pella.com/support-center-articles/cleaning-glass.aspx" rel="nofollow">Clean fingerprints or pet nose prints</a> from doors, sidelights and visible window glass surfaces.</p><p>* Appeal to the senses by placing fragrant arrangements nearby or light a candle just before guests arrive. For safety purposes, never leave burning candles unattended.</p><p>* Make sure your entryway is well lit. Place groupings of festive battery-operated <a href="http://stagetecture.com/2012/11/illuminating-your-christmas-home-with-lanterns-ideas/#sthash.AplWZX4Y.dpbs" rel="nofollow">lanterns</a> on tables or in corners to illuminate darker areas.</p><p>* Designate space for guests to put coats, boots, bags and gifts when they first walk in.</p><p>* Before guests arrive, do a walk-through to eliminate potential tripping or fall hazards, especially if you&rsquo;re hosting elderly guests or those with limited vision or mobility.</p><p>* Immediately wipe up any spills or melting ice or snow from shoes to help prevent slips or falls.</p><p>Tips for <a href="http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/5882789/list/22-Merrily-Decorated-Front-Doors-by-Houzzers" rel="nofollow">festive outdoor decor</a> to accent your front door:</p><p>* Hang small wreaths, bells or seasonal signs from doorknobs or door hardware.</p><p>* When hanging larger wreaths on the door exterior, use removable, temporary outdoor hooks to help prevent door damage. Magnetic hooks work well on steel doors.</p><p>* Add ribbon for a more dramatic look and add an extra pop of color. Try burlap ribbon for a rustic touch, or smooth satin and modern metallic textures for additional holiday sparkle.</p><p>* Frame your doorway with a <a href="http://www.bhg.com/christmas/outdoor-decorations/holiday-inspired-outdoor-decorating-that-lasts/#page=13" rel="nofollow">natural or artificial pine garland</a>, accented with pine cones and shatterproof ornaments. Use temporary outdoor hooks to hang garland around the doorway. Avoid placing nails into windows or doors, which could hamper the product&rsquo;s performance, or even void the manufacturer&rsquo;s warranty.</p><p>* Fill planters with festive arrangements of evergreens, silk poinsettias, branches, ornaments and outdoor lights.</p><p>* Hang wreaths, ribbons and baubles from outdoor arbors, fences or sconces.</p><p>* Consider colored spotlights or solar-powered lights to illuminate your home&rsquo;s exterior doorways and walkways.</p><p>Any season can be the right time for replacing an old, cold entry door. For tips on selecting an energy-efficient new storm door or an Energy Star-qualified entry door and transforming your entryway into a warm, inviting space, visit <a href="http://www.pella.com/news" rel="nofollow">www.pella.com/news</a>.</p> <img src='http://www.brandpointcontent.com/printsite/ImageWriter.ashx?articleid=18480&memberid=8729' border='0' width='1' height='1' />

Get breaking news and weather sent to your phone. Sign up for bcralerts!

More News