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Imagine walking into your home as a visitor. What would greet you as you enter? Maybe a mess of shoes by the door or a less than desirable paint color. If this sounds like your entryway, it’s time to upgrade your space.
Your entryway is the first impression people have of your home. So, it’s important to spend the time to make the room look its best. Here are a few tips on how you can improve your entryway.
Big or small, your entryway could likely use a few updates. Contact an interior designer today for up to four free quotes from pros in your area, for free.
Entryway Color Ideas
Light is one of the biggest concerns when it comes to the entryway. They are often smaller spaces that often only have the natural light coming from the doorway. The best colors for entryway paint are always lighter hues. From neutrals that go with everything to a warm pastel, choose something that will be the
For those with an entryway that accommodates, a bench is a must. “You can't go wrong with a sturdy entryway bench that allows guests to collect themselves as they enter your home,” Megan Wild, editor of Your Wild Home advises.
Benches come in all sorts of sizes and colors, so it’s likely you can find one that suits your needs. Look for simple styles that you can adorn with colorful throw pillows to spruce up your décor. A wooden, rustic entryway bench with storage is the way to warmly welcome people inside while upholstered entryway benches allow visitors a comfortable place to take off their shoes. Whatever style you choose, make sure it matches the overall décor theme of the room.
If a bench is too wide for your small space, try a narrow entryway table. These tables should sit flush to a wall and only be able to hold a few things, so you’ll have to choose your entryway table décor wisely. A small vase with flowers is usually a great piece to include on your entryway table. A small bowl or basket is not only decorative but can help you remember where you put your keys!
If you can find it, a small lamp is also a nice feature to have, whether you have a light fixture in your entryway or not. A small, decorative table lamp can help add soft lighting as the sun goes down to make your home look cozy and welcoming.
Entryway Storage Ideas
For most homeowners, clutter is one of the biggest issues in the entryway. From shoes to purses and bags, each one of these items needs a designated space in the foyer. Fortunately, there are many tricks you can use to tidy up. An entryway storage shelf with hooks is the perfect way to keep coats and purses off the ground and where you need them.
You’ll want to make the most of your entryway furniture. Look for an entryway bench with shoe storage, especially if you have a small entryway. Some entryway tables can have small baskets or bins on top for keys and other important items you need on a daily basis.
Entryway Decorating Ideas
Once you’ve sorted out your entryway furniture, you’ll want to focus on decorating. As I’ve already mentioned, an entryway table allows for a nice place to display flowers or a decorative lamp. But, your décor should also help enhance the space, large or small.
“I'm a big fan of a statement piece in your entryway, like a vintage mirror or unique piece of artwork," Wild said. "These can be complemented by warm, natural lighting. A lot of homeowners hang mirrors in rooms to make them look bigger, and the entryway is no exception! While giving them a chance to check their appearance, a mirror serves a small entryway well.”
If you have many pieces of art you’d like to include in your entryway, consider making a small gallery wall. This is a great way to show off multiple works while still creating a statement that guests will certainly admire!
Small Entryway Ideas
Let’s face it, some entryways you might not have any space to work with. Sometimes, you might even wonder how there’s even space to get around the door. If this sounds like your entryway, you can still create a welcoming entryway by focusing on necessities. Use whatever wall space available to hang hooks or cubbies to store items like purses or coats.
When it comes to shoes and boots, you may be stumped. They tend to take up the most room and if they have no place to go, they will certainly cause clutter that you don’t have room for. I love the idea of a small, off the ground shoe rack. You can do this yourself! See the tutorial from Fresh Crush on how you can make your own copper shoe rack.
An entryway should be designed to welcome all into the home. With the right décor and organizational items, you can make this a place that works for you as well as impresses your guests. Use a few of these tips to help create a welcoming entryway for all who arrive at your home.
Looking for more ideas to spruce up your entryway or foyer? Read How To Choose Lighting Fixtures For Your Dining Room & Foyer.