Never underestimate the wealth of opportunities to create places of beauty and harmony in your home.
A small corner that might otherwise have been bare can be turned into a miniature room with a robust picture grouping, an antique door that feels like a window, and a small table and lamp. A small grouping like this does not impede traffic… but it does draw the eye, while hinting at the cozy rooms up the stairs.
It's easy to focus on the view from the doorway, but once you and your guests are seated on the living room furniture, what is there for the eye to rest on? Use neglected corners to create the kind of soothing tableaux that make people want to stay a while.
Your rooms should be as beautiful to be in, as they are to enter.