06/25/2014 02:12 pm ET Updated Jul 01, 2014

9 Lessons From Real-Life Entryways (PHOTOS)

Not only is the entryway the first place guests will see (other than the front door, of course), but it's the place that can make all the difference in how you feel every time you leave or enter your house. So why does it so often go ignored?

Well, between the pressure of making a Pinterest-worthy welcome and dealing with an area that tends to become a magnet for clutter, it's understandable that foyers haven't really been getting the attention they deserve -- until now, that is. These real-life rooms don't need a double staircase and grand piano to make a statement. By actually giving practicality a chance, they set a home's tone and remind us that it's a space worth personalizing.

It's all about making a bold first impression no matter the size of the space.

Adding pops of color brightens things up.

And incorporating mirrors and reflective accents really lightens things up.

Including seating makes guests feel welcome and comfortable the second they walk in the door.

And creating a go-to command center for your family is a smart, efficient use of space.

Just make it more than a place to hang your keys.

And don't forget to include a personal touch that will really welcome you home.

Because even minimal accents liven any space...

...though going luxe and layered never hurt anybody.

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