Do you have an entryway that is often ignored? It is easy to overlook a plain entryway, but the good news is you can change it starting right now. The right accessories, furniture and ideas can help you make your entryway more inviting to guests and members of the household.
Here are seven ideas for creating a functional and lovely entryway.
- Get Organized. The first thing you need to do is organize the entryway. Put items that do not belong in this zone back in their rightful spots. Now you need a piece of furniture to store the items that do belong in this zone. Use a coat rack or attach hooks to the wall for outerwear. Use a chair or a bench with storage for your outdoor accessories and shoes. You can finish it off by placing a small table next to the bench for a notepad, pen and a basket or tray for accessories such as keys and mail.
- Decorate The Walls. You can create a functional entryway and still add fun to the walls. A message or chalk board can be used for special messages and notes, while a bulletin board can be used for reminders, appointments, contacts and other important information. You can also add a mirror to the entryway, which will give you a place to check your appearance and make the space feel bigger.
- Accessorize. Your entryway is not complete without a few accessories. It adds a bit of pizzazz to your space. Your accessories can include a decorative table lamp, houseplant or wall sign with a welcoming message. Are you adding a chair or bench to your entryway? Use a cushion with a colorful design to create a seating arrangement that is both attractive and comfortable.
- Define The Space. Use an area rug to separate the entryway from the rest of the house. Area rugs come in a variety of styles and designs, which allows you to find one that fits your entryway. A small or medium-sized rug is ideal for an entryway that is still a part of your living space, while a long patterned rug works for an entryway that is located in the hallway.
- Lost And Found. It is inevitable, everyone loses their keys, sunglasses or the match to their glove at some point. What you need is a small basket designated to lost and found items. Everyone walks past the entryway, so this is a good spot for your basket. You can keep it on the table or shelf, or under the table or bench. Whenever someone finds a lost item, they can place it in the basket so it is found by the rightful owner.
- Add A Personal Touch. Your entryway is meant to be an inviting spot, so do not hesitate to add a personal touch to this space. You can place a framed photograph, your favorite flowers or a candy dish on the table or shelving unit. Use a tablecloth or framed wallpaper sample to show off your favorite colors and patterns.
- Stick With The Season. Sticking with items that are in season can prevent clutter from taking over your entryway. You should only store coats, gloves and scarves in the entryway during the colder seasons. When the spring and summer seasons arrive, replace those items with lighter jackets, sunglasses and wide brim hats.
When you use the right pieces and think outside the box, you can create an entryway that is both stylish and functional. It is not only welcoming for your guests, but it makes the members of the household feel right at home.