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Do you want to know what seven items you need to create a functional and stylish entry?
I am here today to give you a little entry inspiration. Whether an eclectic style tickles your fancy or not, there are still some basic pointers you can get from this post. Styling and making your entry functional can be done with seven basic items no matter what style suits you best
First lets talk about the purpose of the entryway. It is the first place you drop all your stuff when you enter your home and the last place you grab all your belongings when you leave. It is a hardworking utilitarian space that is over worked and under paid; it doesn’t usually get the attention is deserves. Your home should work for you just the way it needs to all while looking stylish and putting a smile on your face. Don’t forget that it is also sets the tone of your home as guests arrive and depart so why not make it shine with your personality.
There are particular items that you obviously won’t be leaving the house without such as, keys, shoes, purse/wallet, glasses, and possibly an umbrella or dog leash. All of these odds and ends can look pretty messy, creating a cluttered chaotic mess if they don’t have a home of their own. So give them one for your own sanity!
Here are the top seven items you need to create a functional, practical and stylish entryway:
1. Console: It’s a workhorse! Whether you choose a console, credenza, floating shelf, chest of drawers or centered circular table – make it the focal point. Place it on the wall directly in front of the door or center the circular table in the foyer (space permitting). The surface will see a lot of action so be sure it isn’t too delicate or precious.
2. Storage: Ideally the entry table you select will have storage such as drawers or shelves but if not you can always incorporate pretty but durable baskets underneath. Hidden storage will be your best friend because it stores all your goodies that would otherwise be hazardous lying all over the floor. Drawer’s work well for shoes, purses, leashes, mail, eye wear cases and more. As for your keys, you can of course place them in a drawer but its so much more fun to place a decorative box or bowl on the top, making that the designated key box or bowl. If you don’t have a closet close for jackets then go ahead and install some hooks. Don’t forget about the umbrellas! They never cross your mind until you’re in a rush out the door and it’s pouring down. Make a home for them as well! Place a couple umbrellas in one of the drawers or in a basket or sturdy vessel along side the console.
3. Lighting: It’s so important in the functionality of any space; it also sets the mood. You can place 1 – 2 lamps on top of the console or have two sconces installed on either side of the art or mirror. The light will not only serve you as you re-enter and settle your things at night but also act as ambient lighting depending on the layout of your space. For example, our entry is open and in close proximity to our dining room so the lamps offer task lighting and add to the entire space when we entertain at the formal dining table.
4. Artwork or Mirror: This is a great opportunity to hang a piece of art that inspires you and that you can be proud showing off. If you prefer a mirror for its practicality and to check your teeth on the way out – go for it! Just remember that scale is important here so be sure that the size of the piece works well with the console and they balance one another.
5. Finishing Touches: Here is your chance to show off your personality with colour, pattern and shape! Add a decorative box or bowl, something playful or sculptural, your favorite hardcover book, a beautiful or simple floral and even a tray to corral the goodies. Remember to curate with a purpose and play with height. You want the eye to go from one end to the other with ease.
6. Seating: Include one or two seating options depending on how much space you have. Place a chair on one or both sides of the console for easy access. If you choose a console without storage and an open bottom then place 1 – 2 stools or cubes underneath. By placing them underneath you save on space! You also have an opportunity to pick a storage cube that opens. Win win!
7. Rug: Last but surely not least! This area sees a lot of traffic and is met with all kinds of debris depending on the season. Get a durable rug with a texture, pattern or colour to hide dirt and stand up to a household full of adults, kids and pets.
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