How To Set Up Your Entryway
The first impression is usually a lasting impression. Your address. Your locality. The exteriors of your house... all of these factors contribute to guests forming an impression about your house, and in turn, of you. However, the most important of these is your entryway or foyer, because that is the first glimpse people get of your home. While you may not have a lot of choice when it comes to how the locality or the exteriors look, you can definitely do up your entryway to create a favourable first impression. Here are some tips on how to do up your entryway.
Hall or Corridor?
Do guests step directly into your living room the moment they enter your front door? Or is there a corridor or hallway that leads them inside? If your front door opens directly into your living room, the walls to the left and right of the entrance, and the space along the walls of the entrance are what you have to work with. On the other hand, if you have a corridor leading into the hall, you have more space and leeway to set up a welcoming entryway.
There are some pieces of furniture that are absolutely essential for any entryway.
Shoe rack - Shoes lying around outside the front door is certainly an eyesore, not for you perhaps because you've closed the door on it, but for others seeing your house from the outside. So, a shoe rack is an absolute necessity. Choose the size of your shoe rack based on the storage capacity you need and the size of your entryway. A shoe rack that's too large would look clumsy, whereas one that's too small maybe inadequate for your growing shoe storage needs.
Shoe racks can be open, closed, or have a mix of open and closed shelves. The advantage of an open shoe rack is that it's easy to access. Plus, you can show off your footwear collection! On the other hand, when your shoes have gotten wet or dirty, an open shoe rack is not a great idea. It is also a good idea to get a shoe rack with an inbuilt bench. It gives you or your guests a convenient place to sit down while putting on your shoes.
You could also opt for a shoe rack and add a bench or seat separately.
Your jacket on a chilly, windy day. Your car or bike, and house keys. A book to read on the bus. An umbrella when it's drizzling. A pen to sign for door deliveries. Loose change... Some things are best kept handy on your way out. So, add a wall shelf in your entryway to hold the things you usually need when you go out. This way, they'll remain in sight and you'll never forget them!
Old newspaper and magazines, tennis racquets, water bottle... there are some items that belong in the entryway, but which you may not access all that often. Rather than put them somewhere up in a loft or stuff them into a closet, get a storage box for your entryway. This could be cleverly designed as an extra seat or an ottoman, but have tons of space inside.
Remove the seat cushion and open the seat to access the capacious storage space inside
An entryway needs to be functional, but it also needs to look beautiful. This is where decor comes into the picture.
Mirror - A mirror at the entrance not only reflects light and amplifies the feel of space, but is also a useful addition if you want to catch a quick glimpse of yourself before you head out. Some shelf designs come integrated with a mirror - so you have added functionality in the same piece.
Having a couple of potted plants like ferns, palms, bamboo, or bonsai trees, or an aquarium or terrarium in your entryway is a great way to bring nature into your home. With proper spotlighting or backlighting, these can be made to looks stunning.