Happy Tuesday, friends! 4th of July has come and gone and hopefully you all had a blast. Even though we celebrated this year from afar and ahead of time, with the +8h difference, we feel incredibly lucky to be living in this country!
Now, today’s blog post has been a long time in the making. I had a ton of inspiration to work with and wanted to make sure I find the best way to present it. If you’ve been following for some time, you probably know that I like to break things down into categories. Making lists is the only way I can keep my life sane and I blame/thank my analytical training for this handy little gift.
So whenever I look at a space I love, I try to understand the reasons why a room works and appeals to me. Finding logic in interior design is easier than it may seem so I tried to apply the same deconstructing technique to figure out what makes these entryways so great. Came up with these thoughts 🙂
- Bold wall treatments. A statement wallpaper, paneling, or wainscoting, or all of the above, contribute to a great first impression.
2. A great quality front door. Buy the best you can afford and your entryway will look that much better.
3. Statement mirrors, especially in a narrow hallway, can visually expand the space. Not to mention the added drama!
4. Functional furniture choices. Instead of fighting the architecture of a home, embracing it helps decorate it in the most functional way possible. Narrow and long entryways need appropriate furniture with slim, delicate lines while wider and more open entryways can accommodate multiple pieces: pedestal tables, benches or chairs.
5. Good overhead and mood lighting. The most common way to light an entryway is the pendant light but a few well placed sconces will go a long way.
6. Keep it simple with clutter out of sight.
7. If minimal is not an option, showcase a few carefully curated items: a beautiful pottery collection, vintage books or a few of your favorite plants will do the trick.
8. Pay attention to the flooring. I know I’m shamelessly posting this entryway BELOW as often as I can but this floor and zebra hide combo – VA-VA-VOOM!!
9. Easy access to adjacent rooms is essential for any entryway. Placing a narrow console table or dresser up against the wall creates a drop-off station.
10. If space allows, consider adding a comfortable seating area. Your guests will thank you 🙂
Right up there with a home’s curb appeal, entryways are the first thing we, and our guests, see upon entering, setting the tone for the rest of our home’s decor. I hope you enjoyed today’s post and if you have any other thoughts on creating stylish, welcoming entryways, please share them in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you!