They say you only get one chance to make a first impression. They’re right. And whether we’re talking home or office, a beautiful foyer or a cool lobby area are magnificent introductions to a space. The right design can create a great mood that last through the entire cocktail party you’ve thrown. Or it can set the tone for a productive board meeting or job interview with a hot new candidate. Regardless, if you want to impress your company and make them comfortable while doing so, start with what’s behind door number one (the front door – just to clarify).

We’ve all had that waiting room experience featuring the traditional leather-ish chairs, the table full of magazines and the print carpet designed to camouflage spills. This may have worked just fine for decades, but more than ever, customers like to see a bit more personality shine through when they walk in. First and foremost, your lobby or waiting area should generally reflect the overall vibe of your office, as well as your company’s brand. Startups tend to have a lot of fun where this is concerned. Even smaller spaces can impress. And artwork is a must, as it softens the introductive experience.

What if you’re not a startup, but say, a large corporation? How do you insert energy and character, without losing the corporate feel? This office does it just right, incorporating asymmetrical shapes that articulate a creative atmosphere without screaming too loudly.

Homes don’t have lobbies. Many barely have entryways. But that’s okay. It’s always possible to inject your own flavor into the entrance of your space. There’s just something about a staircase that adds drama to any foyer. But perhaps you don’t have stairs. Or, on the other hand, you may be strapped for space. No matter the situation or the setup, remember these three things: artwork, mirrors, and green. Artwork breeds warmth. Mirrors create more space. And green breathes life into that space. You can use these three elements to completely transform a dull, tiny foyer into an inviting space that people can’t wait to get into. The most important thing to remember is to keep your own personal spin on things. When people enter your home or office, they want to see and feel what you’re about. Whether it’s quirky or corporate, when you gift them that opportunity, you can’t go wrong.

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