Imagine stepping inside your new neighbors house for the first time. You don’t know them yet so you’re hoping to introduce yourself, and you’ve been dying to see what the inside of that house looks like. You shake hands and glance over to the first wall you can see from the front door. What might it tell you about the both the new family that lives there and also about the style of the home?
An entry is an important element to any home, but not always the first area we think about designing or decorating. However, with a few simple tips and a small budget you can set the tone for the rest of your home.
START WITH A STUNNING WALL PIECE
One of my favorite things to do is find a great mirror, with a unique shape and finish that will create a stunning focal point when you walk into the house. It’s important to remember that this is the first thing people will see walking into your home, and instead of playing it safe you should make a statement!
Have a little fun, look for texture or color on the wall. If you have a simple framed mirror perhaps paint the wall or a section of it with an accent color, or for an even bolder statement use a fun wall paper. This is your chance to give visitors a glimpse of your personality. Make sure it makes sense with the overall style of your home, as it gives visitors a taste of what they should expect to see throughout the home.
"THINK OF IT LIKE A BOOK, YOUR ENTRY IS YOUR INTRODUCTION. IT ENTICES YOUR "READERS" TO KEEP GOING AND GIVES THEM A
BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO THE CHARACTERS."
FIND A GREAT FURNITURE PIECE TO COMPLIMENT YOUR WALL PIECE
Many people either have little or no room for much of a furniture piece in their entryway so it’s important to look for narrow depth furniture of 12″ or less. Demilunes (or half moon shaped tables) are great for entryways because they reduce corners in high traffic areas that might otherwise incure some bruised hips.
Console Tables are another popular choice for an entry because they are a good height under a piece of art or a mirror, where you can layer some great decorations. Maybe have a few drawers and a shelf for baskets or even shoes. If your front door isn’t your main family entrance and is only for guests, you can use that as an opportunity to be less “functional” with storage and more “formal” with stylish pieces.
Some people really enjoy the use of a bench in an entrance that their family uses frequently, so it becomes a very functional place to sit and both put on and take off shoes. Make sure you provide storage for those shoes! A fun tray, or shelf where they can be placed near the bench (a closet nearby is even better!).
CREATE FUNCTIONAL STORAGE SOLUTIONS
If this is your main entrance than it’s important to provide organized and closed storage for the clutter that can accumulate around a front door like shoes, hats/gloves, umbrellas, coats, bags, and keys/mail. It’s going to find a table with a few drawers that you can create a habit of placing your keys or mail in (so if you’re like me and you loose your keys every five seconds you will know where to look first!).
I am a big believer in baskets. You can get them in all different shapes and sizes, with or without lids and in many finishes. It’s a perfect way to collect those piles that inevitably build up for easy and quick coming and going. They are attractive and are easy to move around so if you want to hide the basket of hats/excess shoes before company arrives you can simply place it in the nearest closet! I personally love the Pottery Barn Jacqulyne lided basket!
Hooks are also a great way to create usable storage space on a wall where little to no floor space is provided. Careful though, it’s easy to overfill them and quickly turn an organized wall collage into a bulging area of clutter (or worse “wall acne”).
USE DECORATIONS THAT DESCRIBE YOUR FAMILY
I usually love to start on one end of the table with a lamp. The light is inviting, it draws the eye over to the decorated area, and is a great large scale item to decorate around. Make sure it is not too big that it blocks, or covers your wall piece, and not so small that it is easily lost within your small collection of decorative items.
Just as the style of the entry sets the tone for the rest of the house, the decorative items used should be a nice glimpse of who lives in the home. Using a family photo or fun motivational statement that describes your family (Excuse the mess, my children are making memories) can be a great way to briefly introduce your visitors to your family.
This is the perfect place for seasonal decor. Even if you don’t do a lot, a small seasonal plant or floral arrangement can be very inviting and colorful. A fun glass piece that you can change out the contents with seasonal candles and fillers is a great fun way to freshen up your entry and have a little fun with it.
Don’t forget that new home smell. I’m not talking about the smell of a newly completed house, I’m talking about that simply stated aroma that hits your nostrils when you first walk into a new place that you recall every time you think of your neighbors the Smiths.
(all images in post are actual client images, design work of Christine Julian)
I hope you gained some useful insight and hope you will SHARE with me your proud photos of your entry way or send me HELP photos that I can make some personalized suggestions on. We do offer decorating home visits and can bring in product for an instant update! 785-380-9929