How to create a beautiful entryway

Having a gorgeous entryway is a surefire way to ensure that your home feels like a home. It’s a great way to greet guests and provide you and your family with the warm, relaxing feeling of “being home” that you get when you walk through the front door after a busy day. This is the spot in your house where first impressions are made; a few simple changes can instantly update the space, and can make all the difference. As a high traffic zone — ie. an area home to dropped shoes, hats, bags, scarves, etc —the area needs to be practical as well, which can make decorating the space quite difficult.

Setting the tone for the rest of your house, the entrance to your home provides a quick snapshot of your personal style. Because it is a relatively small area, it is an easy place to experiment and flex your design muscle by choosing one well-considered furniture item, a few storage options, greenery, artwork and a few objects that hold special meaning to you. With all of this in mind, we’ve put together some key ways you can really bring this area to life.

Storage is key

…to a clean entryway. And a less-stressful home in general, but particularly in an area where stuff can easily pile up. Luckily, storage options come in many different sizes and styles these days, meaning there is always something that suits the style of your home. Storage points can also provide an anchor point for entrances, giving you a focal point in which to point all attention to (and away from something else you might not want new people to see, like scruff marks on walls, etc). We recommend getting a storage option that integrates itself with both the space and your needs; for example, if you have children, you might want to choose seats and storage, or if you have a narrower entrance way, you might want to get wall hooks.

Hard-wearing is the way to go

When decorating your entryway, try to integrate at least one ‘natural’ element. Plants, clay bowls, shells – whatever suits your aesthetic, it doesn’t matter. It does matter that these pieces tend to be harder-wearing though, which is exactly what you’re looking for in such a high-traffic area. Natural fibres and materials also add a sense of understated luxury to a space, and can totally change how you and guests view your whole home. With this in mind, go grab a nice ceramic bowl for the keys, or a rattan basket for the stuff that accumulates, or even some plants! You don’t have to add something just because we’re recommending it though — ensure that it matches the space and that it’s not just an excuse for more clutter, no matter how much you like it.

Add a work of art

Adding art to your entryway — be it in the form of a painting, photo, or wall hanging — can really change how your home is perceived. It’s not only a simple way to add a sense of grandeur, but it can also allow you to bring in other colours that may not be present in that area of your house, but are elsewhere, allowing you to tie the spaces together. Art also gives you the ability to add a touch of your personality, allowing the entryway to become a transitional area that’s enjoyable to be in, whether you’re leaving or coming home.

You can add art any way you choose. Some people may prefer a big canvas, while others might like some framed prints. It’s down to you and what suits your space. If traditional art isn’t really your thing, you can also try a wall hanging, or you could make you the work of art you see every time you enter by hanging a mirror.

Updating your entryway doesn’t have to be a big, expensive process – it can be as simple as adding a few new pieces to a space to help tie it together more.

Written: 5 January 2021

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