Creating a Welcoming and Functional Entryway

Your entryway/foyer is the first space guests see when they enter your home, but it’s often overlooked. An entryway welcomes you after a long day of work and also invites guests into your home. It also functions as a space where you can prepare to leave the house – from keys to umbrellas to winter boots. And your entryway sets the tone for the rest of the journey through your home.  The smaller space of the foyer is always a challenge – what do you put there? How do you arrange items? Luckily it’s one of the easiest spaces in a home to decorate and fill – you just have to make sure you have the right items.

Think About the Function of the Space

In almost every entryway, you’ll need a console table or a chest. This is your starting point. If you’re looking for extra storage, go for a console chest with drawers like the Cottage console. This will keep the space clean, but you’ll also get to keep extra items out of sight. If you’re just looking for a place to throw your keys and house décor items, go for a traditional console table like the Halo sofa table. These often come with two drawers or without drawers altogether. The console table or chest is the perfect place to store those leaving-the-house items like keys, garage door openers, umbrellas, or coupons.

Make It Bigger

An entryway is small. But you can open and expand the space with a large wall mirror that goes right above the console. This will help make the space seem larger, and catch a quick glimpse of yourself before you leave the house. You’ll want to make sure that the wall mirror is no wider than your console table. The Turnberry mirror and Maison Sand mirror are great sizes for this. 

Creating the Welcoming and Functional Entryway

An entryway can be done in any style - from rustic industrial to glam contemporary like shown above.

Throw Down a Rug

A smaller rug (like a 3x5, 2x3, or door mat – depending on the size of the room) will help tie the room together, add some warmth, and also double as a door mat. Look for more durable rug types such as a jute, sisal, or woven.

Add Some Character – and Function

Add some character with a functional touch. If you live somewhere rainy, look for a vintage or unique umbrella holder to store umbrellas while also adding a touch of color to your space. If you live in colder areas, look into a coat or hat rack for your entryway. These will add some visual interest while also keeping things organized.

Light Up a Lamp

Add in a table lamp onto your console table. The lower lighting will help create a more relaxing, sophisticated space while the lamp itself will add some décor.

Finally, Add Some Decor

Add smaller décor items and fill the console table with things you love. Whether it’s candles, your grandmother’s antique dish, fresh flowers, or artwork against the mirror, these items will help make this space more inviting – and more you. And make sure there’s  a spot for your keys!

Products (from left to right): Greenwich Sofa Table, Driftwood Key Hook, Horse Sculpture Bookends, Terra Cotta Desk Lamp, Maison Sand MirrorCottage Console, Green Barrel Umbrella HolderTurnberry Mirror, Orange Chevron Wall HookHalo Sofa Table, Gold Umbrella Stand, Zebra Printed Rug, and Danielle Console


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