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Home Entryway Ideas

Thursday, March 10, 2022   /   by Margie Wright

Home Entryway Ideas

The entryway to a home is a place of first impressions and a place that should make you say "Ah, now I'm really home." It can also be one of the hardest places to try and decorate and make useful. Normally, these areas are smaller open spaces. Finding the balance between the space being useful while keeping it uncluttered can be a challenge. Knowing how to dress the area up can make it all the more inviting and also useful to you!

Bring In Some Color
Changing the color of the door is the easiest way to change the mood of your entryway. Yellow, blue, or even green will transform the area instantly! Depending on the mood you're wanting for the space, that will determine what color you end up going for. It's also a project that you can do easily on your own.

You don't have to stop at just the door either. Choose a wall to paint a bright color. Geometric designs are in, so you could paint some brightly colored shapes on the walls in the entryway to draw the eye to certain areas. It'll also keep you from damaging the walls with adhesive or nails for other decorations. Depending on what colors you choose, the space can become an experience for all those that enter. 


Add a Drop Zone
Many of us immediately drop the items we're holding as soon as we step in the door. Keys, wallets, purses and bags, mail, a mask, and any assortment of random items. It's easy for these things to feel like clutter, and it's hard to find a space for them that looks good and is easily accessible. This is where the door drop zone comes in. 

The drop zone is what it sounds like: a place where you drop your most used items! The beauty of this is that the items will have a dedicated spot that you can find and grab on your way back out the door. Using a console table, bench, or bar cart is the best way to go since you may already have these items in your home. Add some new paint or a new stain or polish, put some labelled bins and trays on there, and you have the perfect drop zone for your items!


Utilize Wall Hooks
Wall hooks or pegs are great if you don't have much floor space to work with in your entryway. They provide a place for masks, keys, coats, and even umbrellas. You can get racks of hooks or install each one yourself, depending on the look you're going for. Functionality and what you intend of using them for will help you choose what you want. If you want to be extra crafty, grab an old piece of wood and make a hook rack yourself!


Useful Storage is Key
This storage can easily be incorporated with your drop zone. A cubby shelf can hold your drop zone area on top while the rest of the cubbies can be used for shoes! During the winter time, have a basket for hats, gloves, and scarves that are quick to grab (and you won't be forgetting them in your room while rushing to get out the door in the morning). 

You may want this area to also double as a seating area to take your shoes off. Make sure there's enough room for proper seating. Then, add a comfy pillow with a fun design on it to give it some extra flair and brighten up the space. Use your own favorite fabric around the cushion to bring an even more personalized style to it.


Rugs are Friends
Not only do rugs bring pattern and life to a small space, they're also super useful! A good quality, high-traffic rug will be a welcoming sight while also providing you a place to wipe the dirt and grime off your shoes. The material of the rug you choose will depend on just how much traction you expect the rug to take. You'll want something sturdier if you have a lot more people coming through or if you need to really work at getting lots of grime off your shoes at the end of the day.


Dress the Space Up
Whether it be a photograph or a mirror, decorative pieces are a key part of tying the space together. Mirrors are great for small entryways because they bounce light around to make the space seem more open. They also serve the purpose of being in the perfect spot to allow you to check yourself one last time before leaving. Choose a mirror with a gold or silver frame to make the space feel even more extravagant!

You can also display photographs or other pieces of art in the entryway to really make the house a home. A picture wall is a great idea if you have lots of family photos that you want to show off (but haven't known where to put them before). Mix and match the frames for a more eclectic look. Found a super cool tapestry or painting at a thrift store? Style your entryway around that! There's unlimited options for how to decorate the space. You just want it to be special and loveable to you!


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