The entrance hall to your home is important; it sets the tone for the house as a whole and welcomes visitors; it is your home’s chance to make a good first impression. and that word, impression, is important, because it’s the way the entrance hall makes you feel that’s important, not just the way it looks. If you’re in the process of selling, this is something you can’t afford to ignore.

It is quite possible to create a stunning entrance way, add a designer hall table and expensive accessories, yet fail to do the one thing an entrance hall should; make a guest feel welcome. And there’s no need to limit the discussion to guests. Wherever you enter your home, you need to feel welcomed and reminded that this is the place where you feel safe and secure.

The furnishing of an entrance hall need not be complicated. There is one thing you need more than anything else, and that is light. The right lighting will help you and your guests make the transition from outside to in. On a bright sunny day, the interior needs to be cool, but not cold, and certainly not dark. On a dark night the inside of your home should be light, but with an emphasis on warmth. The role of your hall table is, typically, to bring the right amount of light and warmth to whoever has just entered your home. For this reason, most people prefer the warmth of wood when it comes to furnishings, and there’s no need for the entrance to be colorless. You can add warmth and personality with plants and flowers.

Almost any table can be a hall table. Most will be around 30 inches high and will stand against the wall, however, if you have enough space, a circular table sets the tone of a grand interior; add a large, all-round flower arrangement and illuminate from above, or use modern LED based spotlights which can be battery powered. To make the very best impression, choose an arrangement of fresh flowers with a lovely scent, but for every day, silk flowers will do the same job, and do it well.