I'm a home design expert – there are 5 mistakes you make in the entryway to your house that instantly put people off

ENTRYWAYS are guests' first impressions of your home, but some common mistakes could make their first visit their only visit.

A group of home designers have offered their opinions on what you should keep out of your main entryway, and provided options on what to replace it with.

First up is shag rags. While these cozy rugs may seem inviting, they can be a breeding ground for germs and bacteria.

When guests enter your home with muddy or wet shoes and step right on this rug, all that grime is immediately trapped, according to Homes and Gardens.

Rather than having a rug that gets dirty and worn out easily, designer Nishtha Sadana, creative director at NISH Online Interior Design, reccommends a low-pile rug that will be easier to clean.

Minimalist aesthetics can be appealing, but they can render the area useless.

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Give your guests a place to put down their things with a small table, and maybe a nice chair where they can sit to remove their shoes.

Mirrors can be used to make a space look bigger, but when they're facing the door they don't provide anything.

A random mirror facing the front door can appear awkward and out of place. Swati Goorha, the principal interior designer at Swati Goorha Designs, says this mirror placement is bad feng shui.

Goorha says placing the mirror opposite a window or piece of art is a better option that can bring more color and light into the space.

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Who doesn't love a a good light fixture? An antique chandelier and a floor lamp and a spot light could be too much for this small space.

Aaron Lebowski, an interior designer at Juliei Salone, says different lighting styles should be kept to a minimum.

Work with what's already in your home. If you have LED ceiling lights, consider getting LED lamps to match the glow.

Thrifting and antiquing has become extremely popular in recent years. If you're planning on displaying some of your favorite antique finds in the entryway, make sure they serve a purpose.

"No matter how fancy the furniture is, if it's not serving the purpose of functionality and clever storage, it's simply of no use," Nishtha says.

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Consider a bench with storage or a china cabinent over that antique barrell you wanted to display.

All in all, your entry way should be simple, inviting, and practical. It's the first thing you see after a long day and should make you feel welcomed home.

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