Design an Entry That Makes a StatementDesign Guides
The entry to your home can be the hardest area to design. Not only does it set the tone for the rest of your home, it needs to function really well. The hardest part of designing a great entryway is deciding which pieces are most functional for you and how to make them look their best by keeping the clutter away. Entryways are typically the smallest rooms in the home, so the few pieces of furniture that are placed here need to be purposeful and should make a statement.
Here are a four key elements to creating the perfect entry.
Whether it be a full built-in with cubbies and cabinets for the little one’s backpacks or sleek console table with a beautiful floral arrangement, making sure your storage needs are met is key. To do this, think of how you and your family will use the space. Will you come in and drop your mail and keys here, or will this need to maximize every nook for muddy shoes, dog leashes, and the kid’s backpacks? Keeping these unsightly items behind doors, or in drawers is essential. Decide what is most practical for you and make it look amazing with the rest of these tips.
A bench or chair is a great element to include in your entry if you have the space. On a daily basis, it serves as a spot to put on shoes or drop your purse on the way in. For guests, having a chair or bench here suggests an inviting and welcoming feeling. Our designers suggest this be a simple understated piece that can be accessorized with pillows and luxurious throw.
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Your entry is perfect place to spice up your walls with a bold wall treatment, great art, or a beautiful mirror. Our designers suggest choosing one focal wall for this treatment. This is your guests’ first impression of your home, so make sure it reflects your personality. Putting together a gallery wall of meaningful photos and art can bring personality and style to an otherwise lifeless wall. Applying a bold wallpaper with a large simple mirror can be an equally eye-catching arrangement.
The right lighting in a space can do wonders. Adding in a statement pendant or a pair of amazing lamps on a simple console, can bring your entry to life. Our designer suggests using shaded fixtures which will disperse soft, diffuse light. Your lighting should be warm, and not too bright. It’s all about the ambiance.