More than any other room in your home, when decorating an entryway, we are pulled in separate directions: the practicalities of everyday living on the one hand, our desire for a serene and uncluttered environment on the other. We can’t banish boots, mail, hats and coats, or a hurriedly dropped briefcase from our lives, so why try? Accommodate them with practical and stylish storage in your entryway. Antique trunks make lovely storage for footwear. A bench, modern or salvaged, is perfect for sitting to take off outdoor shoes and stowing them neatly underneath. A hat and coat stand could be a line of traditional double hooks on a wooden mount, or a neon-colored plastic swirl with contrasting hooks. A rustic basket can scoop up umbrellas and sticks with room to spare, or an elegant eastern-style urn could do the same job. Go with a basic decision of antique, casual country-style or city chic and stick with it!
Do the decluttering with style in mind and your entryway decoration is almost there. If your theme is country style, choose a wall color to enhance the natural furnishing materials. A soft violet can evoke sweet meadow scents, or a gentle sage green conjures up countryside calm. If your theme is city living, consider the current fashion for a bright mustard yellow or a vibrant magenta. If there is a staircase in the entryway, extend the color up the wall to open up the space. A simple trick is to match the background color with one small item- a pair of rain boots, a vase or picture that brings it all together. Finally, some thing purely decorative. Family photos, a painting, a bowl for keys or a simple vase of grasses. Before deciding on details, it helps to visualize. Experiment with Homebyme’s online 3D tool for inspiration, and exchange ideas with like-minded people too.
5 tips for an entryway that makes you happy to be home :
Choose your style and only allow in furnishings that enhance your theme. It could be country romantic, rustic, or contemporary. It will help you decide on the details.
A simple trunk or a bench, or if there’s no room, a simple shelf for two-tier boot storage makes all the difference.
Make a feature of the necessity for coat hooks; restored metal or wood for the country look; something quirky like primary-color flowers or exotic birds for a bright contemporary feel.
Be bold and pick a statement color to set the background for your theme. Carry it up the stairs if possible and make the whole thing zing with one little item of the same shade.
Don’t be overwhelmed with practicalities. Your entryway needs a decorative piece just to make you smile: a lovely lamp, a precious souvenir, or just a bunch of flowers!