Maximizing your Entryway
When creating an entryway, like any room, there are 2 main things I keep in mind: how it’s going to work and how it’s going to feel. In this space, depending on how big or small it is and the storage nearby it’s extra important to address the function. There should be a comfortable flow of where you’re putting keys, taking off shoes and hanging coats. When the function is on point, it lends itself to a welcoming vibe. Along with the function being on point, creating a cohesive and balanced feel in the decor seals the deal as far as making the best possible impact on that ever important first impression. (This is for YOU too… not just guests)
In general the function of your entryway is to welcome visitors to your home (they’ll come back one day soon!) and to invite you back in if this is your main entry point as well. In order to maximize this space, these are the key features I like to focus on:
A rug or mat
A mat outside that you can wipe your feet on is key and then a rug inside to ground the space. If you’re using a mat inside, a natural fiber is great because it traps in the dirt… you can also opt for a washable one. Depending on the size and shape of your space, then you’d add in a runner or area rug to tie in with your decor. The bigger the better here.
If you have the space, a bench or settee is great here, but an ottoman or a chair (or a pair of these) work perfectly too. You want somewhere that you can pop down to take those shoes on or off comfortably.
A place to put your keys and such
Ideally, this is a piece of furniture. Something with substance that again, grounds the space while allowing you to put your stuff down and also an opp to decorate! I like to add a lamp, artwork, a bowl for keys, a diffuser and other light decor.
When space is tight a shelf with some cup hooks for keys can work well too!
It’s always nice to check yourself on the way out, or give guests the opportunity for a brief once over when they arrive.
Artwork is important for making the space feel warm and welcoming. I like to keep entryway artwork subtly personal… think: more meaningful quote or picture and less family photo. The thought behind this is that the space is welcoming to all without exposing too much, like you’re easing into your space.
I think there’s always a place for plants, but bringing a plant or two into the entry brings life to the space and is a lovely welcome… for you and your guests!
A place to put coats
If you don’t have a coat rack, or even if you do and it’s further from the door or you don’t always use it- add a beautiful coat rack. Either free standing or wall mounted, this saves the feeling of not knowing where to put your jacket or awkwardly holding it in uncertainty. It also makes the in and out for you a snap, especially in extreme temps
A place to put smaller items
I like to incorporate a few baskets of some sort when there’s room. If your console is large enough, these can go in there! This is an easy spot to throw mail, mittens, scarves, hats or even things that you want to remember to grab when you’re on your way out.
Bonus if you can add a diffuser*
I usually opt for a diffuser over a candle here since it’s often further away from your living areas, so lighting a candle here isn’t the safest. However, if you’re closer- go for it! Having a nice and cozy scent diffusing when you’re welcoming guests is such a lovely touch. Even having a highly scented candle displayed with the lid off provides a nice scent boost when you come in.
These can be tricky areas to maximize, but when you do- it’ll feel like a dream. That first impression is huge- for both you and your guests, when it comes to how you’re going to perceive the coming moments.
Think about it like this:
Scenario A: You come in the door- as you open it, the rug gets stuck underneath and you’re pushing past it mumbling frustrations. Once the door is open, you throw your bag on the floor, drape your coat over a chair in the adjoining room and head into the kitchen. You set your keys down… somewhere… while you drop the mail on the dining room table. Your daughter calls and needs a ride home. Run to the dining room to grab your coat- wait, where’d you put it?? Oh ya, living room… hit the door, finesse it over the rug… on your way! S**t! Where are your keys? Grab your bag off the floor, dig in there- get frustrated, start dumping the bag on the floor. Trace your steps… here they are! On top of the water filter… why didn’t you think of that first?!
Scenario B: You come in the door- as you open it, you’re welcomed by the warm scent of vanilla biscotti from the open candle on the console. You set your keys in the beautiful wood bowl in front of you and hang your bag and coat on the hooks. Sitting down to take off your shoes feels oh so nice… the plush rug underfoot is nice and cozy. Go ahead, roll your shoulders a few times, stretch your neck out. Feels good to be home.
Can you see it?! Now we all know that after you rolled your shoulders you had to start running around taking care of all the things, BUT! your headspace was clear and ready to enjoy being home. Walking through a door can be a huge reset opportunity and setting the stage for yourself like this increases the likelihood of it being a positive one.
**This post could also fall into a category I'd like to begin called "Woo Woo or Science? Science."
Happy home-ing xx,