An entryway is a visitor’s first impression of your home. It can also be an essential area for keeping your family organized and prepared as they leave home. This multifunctional space is typically pretty small, but that’s why it’s one of my favorite places to decorate. It’s where I can toss that gotta-have-it mirror I found at a garage sale that doesn’t really match with my bedroom or living room. It’s the perfect spot for a bold rug or print. And a well-designed entryway will make sure your kids always know where their coats are. Sound like magic? It’s not. It’s just making sure you have the following six things. So get ready to have a new favorite part of the house.
1. “Drop zone”
Entryways are often valuable storage space for things like keys, mail, sunglasses, and shoes. All of these things need a place to go, which is what I like to call the “drop zone.” It can be as simple as a floating shelf for everyone’s keys. For bigger spaces, consider a side table or bench.
Mirrors serve two purposes in an entryway: They’re that final spot where you can check your hair and teeth before running out the door, and they open a space up. Narrow entryways especially benefit from a mirror. You can go simple with a simple frame or make a big statement with a long mirror filling the hall.
Adding a few pieces of art, either alongside or across from the mirror, personalizes the space. If your entryway is more of a mudroom, it’s a great place to display kid’s art and family portraits. You can go big with one oversized piece or create a gallery wall for a more formal, front-of-the-house entryway. I love finding a theme, like a similar color or even a matching frame, to draw everything together.
In addition to a ‘drop zone,’ you’ll want to add some clever storage solutions. My favorite ones don’t take up too much space: hooks for keys and bags, baskets for hats and gloves, and shoes can go under a bench on a tray to give them a spot to dry. Baskets under a side table are the perfect home for reusable grocery bags. You can also look for tables and benches that come with shelves, doors, or drawers.
5. Add a Rug
Your entryway doesn’t technically need a rug, but it can be a great way to reduce mess. Even with a doormat, people are still going to track in dirt and debris. Wool rugs are typically incredibly durable and easy to clean, so a darker color wool rug works great here. You can also go for a polypropylene rug specifically designed to do well in high-traffic areas.
Finally, finish off your entryway with some accent pieces. Adding a few items, like books or vases, really makes the entryway feel like a part of your home and not just a utilitarian passageway. A lot of small accent pieces can also serve a function: catch-all trays, for example, or a box where you can keep a spare key. Other easy accent pieces include candles, lamps, and plants. Again, it’s easy to play around with such a small area: Try out a few of your favorite pieces, or even sentimental items from your collection, and see how you feel. Coming home will never be the same.
As always, live beautifully today!
-Mia, the Furniture Girl