One way to up your home style game is to create a great entryway. It is the first impression, the introduction to the house, and a great way express your personal style. Most of us have a small-ish entry way that doesn’t require a lot of stuff so just a few key pieces can make your entryway stand out and you don’t need a designer.
Elements of Entry:
Console or Bench: if you have small entry way a free floating console or a bench are the ideal pieces to build your look around. If you have a larger space maybe consider a custom built in bench and shelf system.
Storage: Baskets, drawers or shelves in the entry way allow you to neatly tuck away shoes and bags. Hooks are always useful for often used sweaters, hats, or umbrellas.
Mirror or Art– Have a statement piece above your console or bench, whether it be a mirror for that last look as you walk out for the day or a piece of art that you love that communicates something about your family to your guests.
Greenery: Flowers in a pretty vase or a leafy potted plant in a statement pot adds some warmth and whimsy and you can customize with the seasons.
Lamp: A small pretty lamp goes great in an entry way if you don’t have an overhead light (or even if you do).
Creating a designer entryway doesn’t have a be expensive. Take your measurements and tuck them into your wallet so you’re ready to pounce at a random yard sale or unexpected sale. You can often find small consoles and benches at Target or TJMaxx. Here are few I found for less than $200:
Find the biggest piece first and then build around it. Have fun with it, use a color you wouldn’t otherwise commit to for the rest of the house. Entryways can be your ‘flair’ in an otherwise muted/sophisticated home.
Happy Entryway Designing!