The entryway is the first thing you see in any home, but it's often one of the most neglected. People tend to forget about their entryway since they don't spend as much time in it, but decorating an entryway is actually very easy. To create a beautiful and functional entryway, make sure you address these five areas.
Storage for Coats, Umbrellas, and More
Of course, you want your entryway to be stylish, but don't forget that it serves a practical purpose too. The entryway is usually where you get ready to leave your home for the day, and it's also where you first start to unwind when you come back home. This means that entryways usually fill up quickly with things like shoes, coats, and umbrellas. Having storage for these items makes your entryway look nicer and makes your life easier.
For many entryways, the obvious solution is a storage rack. With shelves for shoes and umbrellas, you never have to trip over a mess in your entryway again. Having coat hangers or hooks can also be helpful. These can provide welcome storage for coats, hats, and even bags.
When planning your storage, don't forget the little things either. Entryways often become catch-alls for keys, sunglasses, loose coins, and mail. It can be a good idea to have a small tray or bowl to hold all these little things. If you tend to end up with a pile of mail in your front entryway, consider having a letter holder too. Just a few baskets, bowls, hooks, or shelves can turn a pile of clutter into a functional style accent.
Appropriately Sized Furniture
Whether your entryway is big or small, furniture is what makes it seem like a real room. There are all sorts of helpful types of furniture for an entryway, like storage cabinets or cupboards. We also like the idea of adding some sort of seating. This gives you a place to put shoes on and off or simply rest for a moment by the doorway.
When shopping for entryway furniture, the most important thing is picking items in the right size. Pieces that are too big overwhelm a space, while undersized furniture makes your entryway seem bare and awkward. The general rule of thumb is that you want enough space for multiple people to be in the entryway without crowding. In smaller entryways, you might just have room for a small stool or a slender console table. In bigger entryways, you might want to consider a petite loveseat, long bench, or chest of drawers.
Creative Accents and Wall Art
Home décor accents help to finish a space, making it look thoughtfully decorated instead of blandly functional. Depending on your space, you may want to hang accents on the wall, such as wall art, shelving, or mirrors. You can also set accents on the floor or place them on top of your shelves or tables. Here are some great ideas for creative accents in your entryway:
- Paintings and prints
- Framed family photos
- Hung textiles
- Potted plants
- Vases of flowers
- Quirky neon signs
- Decorative baskets
A Unified Color Scheme
To keep your entryway from seeming like a bunch of random objects thrown together, you need some sort of unified color scheme. This doesn't necessarily mean everything has to be matchy-matchy. Just try to get a broadly cohesive color palette. You can do all moody jewel tones, minimalistic light neutrals, or cheerful bright colors. A helpful rule of thumb is to use three colors, with one as the main color and two as the accents.
There are several ways to incorporate colors into your entryway. The wall color will often be the first noticeable color in the room, so consider spicing your entryway up with some removable wallpaper or bold paint. Colored doors are a style trend at the moment, so consider adding some color to your door as well. Next, look at the floor. A colorful welcome mat or patterned tile helps ground the entryway.
Even the best-decorated entryway will seem unappealing if it is dark and dim. To make your guests feel welcome as soon as they step into the entryway, you need to ensure it is properly lit. Lighting also has the bonus of creating a defined space. If your entryway is part of a larger room, a pendant light can provide some visual separation between the entryway and the rest of the house.
Even if your entryway has plenty of natural light, added lighting can be a good idea for after the sun sets. Having installed lighting, like a pendant, chandelier, or sconce, is often the preferred option. However, if you're renting or just don't want the hassle, you can do standalone lighting as well. A floor lamp tucked in a corner provides lighting while also being a stylish accent. There are also all sorts of wall-mounted, plug-in sconces you can do if your electrical wiring makes it hard to install extra lighting.
With these simple design elements, you can make a gorgeous entryway that suits your lifestyle. Browse our stylish wallpaper and designer wall art for inspiration for your entryway & home decor, and contact us if you have any questions about our products.