November 18, 2015

A lot of people don't take that much time to decorate their entryway. It's often seen more as a utility and less as a room with design needs.

But the opposite is true.

For starters, It's the first space you and your guests see when you walk in. Also the functional needs of this space make it easier to design, since you know exactly what you're shopping for. And lastly, even if you don't have an actual mudroom or hallway (I know I don't) , all you need to do is pick a wall by your door and simply decide - this will be my entryway.
So I've gathered some inspiration from Pinterest, and put together a mood board for my 6 must haves for the modern entryway.

 

how to decorate the entryway

Scandinavian Entryway, via Elizabeth Heier

Fist, think about what you need:
A place to hang coats, store umbrellas, and lay down shoes. A bench for sitting while taking your boots off or credenza for extra storage. And if you don't have enough space for that a simple shelf will do.

 

A peaceful colour palette of black, white, green, and pastel pink via My World Apart

You might want to add a mirror for a last look on your way out, a tray to set down mail and a bowl for your keys. I'm also a big believer in always adding something fun to look at, even if that's it's only use - like a pretty plant or a large white pineapple perhaps (I'm sure you've got plenty of those lying around:)

 

Softer and cozy entryway, via eeviskainen 

Since it's the first impression your guest have, think about the mood you'd like to set. If your style is minimal-modern, go for a black and white colour scheme and simple forms (like a round mirror above a rectangular bench). If it's more relaxed feel you're going after, use lots of wood and maybe a soft basket for shoes and slippers, or a cozy rug. Also, warmer tones like light pastels always help soften the mood.


These are my must have for the hardworking entryway that's nice to look at. 


1. Round leather strap mirror 2. Black and White Wall Hooks 3. Bowl for Keys 4. Dip Dyed basket 5. Black metal tray 6. DIY bench from reclaimed wood and hairpin legs 

 

They set a strong tone b/c of the mix of black and white, but are softened by the use of reclaimed wood and the large plant.
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