7 Tips to Create a Functional and Stylish Entryway
Entryway Decor and Organization
If your family is like mine, then they wreak havoc as they enter into the house. Dropping their backpacks on the ground, tossing their shoes wherever and their sports equipment is sprinkled throughout the entryway. Ugh, what a mess. If you are losing your mind having to remind them to pick up "all of the things", fret no more. Here I will share a few tips on how to keep your entryway functional and organized.
Oh wait, not only is a functional entryway important,
but I want it to look stylish as well.
The entryway can often be the most overlooked room in the home in regards to decor, but it might be one of the most important spaces in your home. Afterall, the entryway is the entrance to your home - the welcoming and first impressions to your guests. We want our entryway to be chic but also functional. In order to keep this space tidy it's important to have a space that allows you to remove your coat, take off your shoes, set down mail, and stow an umbrella. Here are...
7 Tips to Create a Functional & Stylish Entryway
Tip One - The Details
Your personal style is reflected by the details in your home decor. The entryway should be no exception. When creating your entryway add in elements you would display on your coffee table - candles, books, vases, and plants.
Back to the functional part, a piece of furniture with drawers and doors is a great source for storage and all of "the stuff" is hidden. I love this piece we have in our entryway, I keep our sunglasses and flashlights in the top two drawers and our sunscreen, moisquito spray and other items on the bottom shelves. A mirror in the entryway adds dimension and will reflect the light and make the space feel larger. When choosing items for your entryway, ask yourself if the pieces reflect your home's decor and are functional.
Tip Two - Hang It Up
If you don't want your entryway to look like a tornado just came through, it's important to offer a place to put things so that guests (and the littles) aren't left holding, or tossing, their coats and shoes. If space permits you could have a coat tree, or if your space is smaller utilize the walls with coat hooks or a coat rack.
Tip Three - Illuminate the Space
Your entryway is the perfect place to define the style of your home and a chandelier is a great way to display that and illuminate the space. Have fun and think outside of the box when choosing your entryway chandelier. I absolutely adore our natural bleached driftwood chandelier in a modern sphere shape. We also love how it creates a pattern on the ceiling at night.
Tip Four - Offer A Seat
Seating, a chair or a bench, is great to have in the entryway so you, your littles or your guest have a spot to take their shoes off or to put them on. If your entryway is large enough a bench that can double as storage is a great solution for shoes, umbrellas and miscellanious items.
Tip Five - Add Artwork
In smaller spaces it's important to utilize the wall space to add details that reflect your style. A grouping of picture frames or a single piece of artwork will add interest to the walls. This camper photo from Salt Creek Home is unique and adds a bit of whimsy- available now.
Tip Six - Warmth in a Rug
A rug in the entryway not only centers the room and defines the style of your home but rugs are also functional - they protect your floors from the outdoors. When choosing the style and color of your entryway rug, it's best to think about your entire home so that the style from the entryway into the rest of the home flows. This rug from Salt Creek Home is extremely functional as I can toss it into my washing machine to clean.
Tip Seven - Basket for all of "The Stuff"
Place a basket in the entryway for the shoe and all of "the stuff" dump. It's the perfect solution to tidying up quickly and it adds dimension to the space. And, let's face it the faster we can clean up the better.
I hope these tips help you create a functional and stylish entryway! Please share your tips below, I'd love to hear!