Whether it’s a grand foyer or a compact space inside the door, it’s the first part of your home they see. The entry or foyer gives guests a small preview of your home – it reflects your personal style and vibe of your home. A good entryway design is both functional and beautiful, making everyone who walks through your door immediately feel welcomed. Here are some easy and creative ways you can create an inviting entryway in your SummerHill home.
Consider your layout
The most functional entryways are mindful of the available space. If your entryway is cramped and crowded, you’re less likely to feel welcomed when you see it. You want to make sure there’s plenty of space to walk around. Take note of which way the door opens and carefully select pieces that are appropriately sized for the area.
Create a functional checkpoint
Since the entryway is both the first and last space you pass through, you should make sure this area is functional for your family and guests. Think about your family’s habits when entering the home: do you drop your mail or keys when you walk through the door? If so, a console table will give your items a place to go. If you take off your shoes before entering, have a shelf or rack or designate a nearby closet available for shoes.
Make room for storage
Proper storage is key to having a clutter-free functional entryway. Make sure there’s a space for everything in your entry. A console with shelves or drawers will give you ample room to place small items. Baskets are another great option and can double as décor.
Add extra seating
If you have space, consider adding a small bench, chair, or stool to your entryway. Not only will they show off your unique style, but they’ll also make it easier for guests to remove or put on their shoes. Benches can also double as clever storage solutions to cut down on clutter.
Define the space
A front entryway can be a little tricky if you live in an open-concept home. Without clear boundaries, it can be difficult to define the entryway from the rest of your home, especially if your living room is in the front of the house. Decorating with rugs or runners is our favorite trick for defining spaces in an open-concept home. If your living room is immediately next to the entry, create a hallway by placing a sofa or couch along the side of the entry. If you have space, adding a console or sofa table will provide a handy surface for mail, keys, or other small accessories.
Mirrors can reflect light and bounce brightness into the entryway. This is especially helpful if you have windows near your door. Placing a mirror in the entryway will also give you a final place to check your reflection before leaving home.
Creating an entryway you love will make coming home feel extra special. Hopefully, these tips help you make the most of this important space.
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