Entryways are tough, right?! They are the perfect solution when you need extra storage for coats, bags, hats, shoes, etc., but you don’t want it to become the “throw it all here!” spot. Functionality is key, especially in a small space. For this reason, it is important to simplify.
A great way to get started is by picking just one or two items that you plan on storing here. For example, designate this spot as a place for rain coats or storage for hats. We were in desperate need for extra shoe space so I knew that would be a priority for us. Prioritize the space for what you need!
Now, where to store these items?! A great way to avoid clutter is by incorporating a bench, console, or table for you to toss stuff on or under. Luckily, we had the perfect TV storage shelf to re-purpose as a shoe rack. I added a large wicker basket to keep atop of the new shoe space for those extra blankets, pillows, sheets etc. I also added a tray to protect the floor from rain boots or umbrellas and a coat rack for outerwear.
Once the functional part is done, the fun can begin! Entryways are basically foreshadowing the rest of your space so try to incorporate different elements from around the rest of your place. This Van Gough piece just happened to have similar blue, orange, and yellow hues that are seen throughout our apartment so it was a perfect way to bring in some color. The black and white throw tied in the black/white elements throughout the room as well which made the entryway flow easily into the rest of the living space. And, of course, you can never have enough plants! A few green touches can make for a warm welcome which is perfect for any entryway. Lastly, I added this large round mirror to make the space feel just a bit bigger. And who doesn’t need one last look in the mirror before walking out the door? A bright rug, a key tray, or some hat hooks are also some of my favorite entryway details you can also add.
No matter how you style your entryway, stay true to you! This space is the first look into your home – not just your house or your apartment – but your home in the bigger sense of the word. How do you want to feel when you first step foot in your home? How do you want your guests to feel? Whatever your personal taste or style, a functional, bold, and cozy entryway is a great way to bring that answer to life.
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