How to create the perfect entrance to your home
By Carlene Duffy
Don’t let your home’s entryway become a dumping ground for stuff. Here’s how to make a welcoming, impactful entrance to your home.
The entry to your home is usually one of two things: a welcoming, visually-impactful first-impression or a dumping ground for shoes, bags, and everything you don’t want on display. I’ve put together my tips for creating both, a welcoming and functional home entry, one that works for our increasingly busy lives as well as fulfils our desire to create a home that makes us proud.
Whether or not you have a separate mudroom for school bags, shoes etc., it’s a good idea to include both large and small storage in your entryway to encourage an organised home and reduce visual chaos. A cabinet or dresser provides adequate storage for shoes, schoolbags and handbags, but it’s also wise to include smaller storage pieces, such as trays, bowls, and baskets to house the items you need for coming and going, such as keys, wallets and mobile phones.
Make a ‘home’ for everything
Once you’ve allocated a spot for everything in your entry make sure your family receives an orientation about what goes where. Having your family members adhere to this may sound like a pipe dream, but when everything has a home and keys, wallets and sunglasses can always be found in their ‘spot,’ you’d be surprised how quickly putting things back becomes a habit and not an obligation.
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Dress the wall
Whether it’s a mirror, a piece of art or both, whatever you feature on your wall will likely be the first thing you and guests see upon entering so make it something worth looking at. By simply choosing art you love, you’ll set the tone for your home. If your entry is low on natural light, a statement mirror is ideal for bouncing light around and creating the illusion of more space. On a more functional level, a mirror allows you to make last minute checks before rushing out the door. You may also like to include some decorative hooks to hold coats, handbags etc. but do this with caution, as it you don’t want so much happening on the area appears visually chaotic.
Keep it warm
I’m a firm believer that a home should feel like home and there a few key items that play a key role in creating a feeling of warmth and softness. A rug or runner, for instance, will create a feeling of warmth. As the entryway to any home is generally a thoroughfare, ensure your rug is hardwearing and easy to clean. Opt for a low pile rug as opposed to shaggy or high pile, as you don’t want to create a trip hazard. Cow hides are ideal in entry ways (and thoroughfares, in general), as they are indestructible and their asymmetrical shape helps softens angular spaces.