Your entryway is a sneak peek into your home. It sets the tone when guests walk into your home and gives them a sense of calm and welcome or clutter and chaos. What do your guests think of when they enter your modern farmhouse?
Now, that you’ve spent a few seconds thinking about it, have you spent much time thinking about how to design your entryway? Do you have a lot of walls? Or perhaps none at all? Your space itself will truly define how you decorate it.
If you’ve been struggling with setting the mood for your home with your entryway design I may have an answer for you. Depending on your space, I’ve got four stylish solutions to help you decorate your entryway. Keep reading to see if one of these will work for your space!
The No Wall Option
Have you almost dreamed of that beautiful sideboard in your entryway, but now find yourself disappointed since your space has no walls? I hear you, and I know it can be a bit of a letdown, but there is a beautiful solution that can elevate your entryway that doesn’t require an empty wall. Does this sound like you? If yes, here’s what you can do!
Find yourself a statement rug & a statement light fixture; voila, you have a masterpiece. It sounds simple and plain, but the right pieces will majorly impact the space. This means splurging on your new rug and light fixture is also okay. My one suggestion is for you to go bold with your selections.
Find a large, impactful chandelier or a stunning vintage rug. Because the decorations are minimal, you will want each to be meaningful and purposeful.
For Your Narrow Entryway
Oftentimes, I find those with narrow entryways feel cluttered with bulky and unnecessary furniture pieces. Unfortunately, when you have a smaller blueprint for your entry, that’s the exact opposite of what you should do. As I often say, work with what you do have instead of what you don’t. So in this case what you do have is a beautiful blank canvas on either side.
Instead of adding furniture that will get in the way of foot traffic, bring personality and character to your walls with a beautiful piece of wall art. This is the perfect opportunity to find a piece that reflects your personality and helps tie into the space. If you happen to have a doorway close by, you could also use this as a chance to incorporate a barn door! This way you give your wall some character while adding a space-saving doorway option.
I feel like this goes without saying, but in addition to what’s on the walls, you can also add a feature light fixture and a rug. Just make sure that these pieces all flow together to create one curated look. These simpler designs can often be a bit more challenging as each piece must be very thoughtful & purposeful.
Take A Seat
Now, if you have a wall and a wider footprint, adding in a beautiful bench may be a fabulous option for your foyer! Benches are great for your entryway because they provide a great place to put shoes on or take them off, a beautiful decoration, and a convenient place to toss items on your way in and out. How much more perfect can it get?
Once you find a bench, you can decorate it according to what fits your lifestyle. For instance, if you need it as a place to store things, grab a wicker basket to place off to the side, a tray filled with decorative items, and a bowl to display on the seat and stash your keys and wallet. If you need somewhere to kick your shoes off, don’t fill your seat with stuff. Instead, decorate with a few pillows and a blanket and add a couple of baskets underneath to hide those shoes for easy access.
The Traditional Option
Last but not least, there’s the traditional option of a sideboard or entryway table. Although traditional, it’s a truly classic option that you can customize in whichever way best fits your personal style. Adding a rug in front or a piece of artwork or mirror above it is an easy and flawless combination that makes for the perfect combination of style and function.
This option does require an entryway with at least one solid wall. You will also need to be mindful of ensuring that the table or sideboard doesn’t interfere with traffic flow or the opening of your front door. It sounds silly to say, but you would be surprised at how many people don’t measure and end up with a not-so-functional entryway.