This post about creating an entryway was updated in May 2023.
Creating an entryway that’s function, beautiful, and welcoming should be a priority in every home as it’s one of the busiest areas of the homes. There’s traffic in and out, mail, bags, backpacks, umbrellas, and all sorts of items that need a home. We’re walking through all of our best tips for how to create an entryway that functions in this post.
1. Before You Enter
Though you may be focused on creating a beautiful entryway, a beautiful foyer space begins before your guests walk through the door. Check that outdoor lighting is in working order and the path to your door is clear. In warmer climates, a pair of plants flanking your door provides a happy hello to your home.
2. Entryway Organization
You don’t want to be welcomed home by an elusive heap of stuff. Find the best solution for you – a bench with baskets below and hooks above, a vintage trunk for stowing clutter, or a simple tray for your keys. There are many different solutions for an entryway depending on the size of your space, but we generally recommend having the following combination of storage:
- Closed storage for mess
- Boxes or Bowls for keys and change
- An empty surface as a drop zone
- Durable materials to combat dirt and mud
If you’ve got the room, consider adding a bank of cabinets like we did above that can store sports equipment, coats, bags, boots, and any other necessities out of sight. Our Hampton and Alcott systems are beautiful and tricked out with all sorts of storage solutions.
3. Add a Mirror
A mirror in your entryway will brighten up your space. Not only does it reflect light from a fabulous light fixture or glass door, it will prevent a Bridget Jones lipstick-on-your-face scenario later. A gilded mirror, like the one above, brings an elegant feel to a white-washed console table.
4. Lighten Up
Whether it’s a table lamp, a swoon-worthy sconce, or a perfectly placed pendant – a well-lit entry makes for a welcoming one.
5. Natural Fiber Rugs
To create an entryway that feels welcoming, casual, and can hold up to traffic, incorporate natural elements like natural fiber rugs, greenery, and woven materials. All of these elements bring a lightness to your mudroom or foyer that will give it personality and feeling.
In the room above, we used our hard-wearing Columbia Sisal Rug because of its durability and simple design. This fan-favorite rug stands up to traffic and has over 200 positive reviews!
6. A Spot for a Seat
Every entryway needs a spot to sit down, place your purse, or tie your shot. Whether it’s a bench, ottoman, or chair, we recommend working a seat into every entryway. For extra points, add a punchy print which will add personality, color, and pattern.
7. Pattern Play
When creating an entryway, bring in wallpaper or a fun patterned fabric. This will give your entrance major wow factor, bring in a lighthearted color, and often make your space feel larger and more complete.
8. Personality and Character
As the first glimpse into your abode, your entry should have a little character. A few framed photos on a console table, a cup of your favorite candy, or a great piece of art add some personal panache. A great entryway should function well and have a beautiful feel. There’s no reason you can’t have both!
9. A Candle or Diffuser
There’s nothing worse than arriving home to a strange or musty smell. Add a diffuser or scented candle right when you walk in the door so you (and your guests) are greeted with a pleasant aroma.
10. Feet First
A runner or entry mat draws people in and defines your entry space. An indoor/outdoor rug is a smart option for durability and easy upkeep, and something patterned will disguise stains and all color. Another great addition, especially if you’ve got kids or live in a snowy location, a boot tray organizes and keeps dirty shoes from tracking all over the house
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