The entryway is usually the basis of your guests’ first impression regarding the interiors of your home. It also serves as an area to stash personal items and belongings that family members have as they come and go. These are reasons in themselves that warrant attention to decor for this functional room. Below are some tips to finding the perfect furniture for your abode’s entryway.
Consider the size of the entryway
Before you go and decide to place that well-loved antique furniture in your entryway, it’s best to know the size of the room that you’re working with. It helps to plan out placements that can either make the room feel cozier than it already is or give off an impression of being larger than its actual size. This is equally important in selecting furniture. Smaller entryways should opt for less furniture and more multipurpose pieces.
The entryway isn’t just a gateway to the living room and the rest of the rooms beyond, it is also where the family passes by daily to get in and out of the house. For this reason, consider organization as an ongoing mantra. Have closed and open storage spaces. Closed storage works for seasonal items, such as winter boots and raincoats; while open storage spaces (like fishbowls, a coat rack, or umbrella stasher) are for items that are used daily and can be reached rather quickly without having to rummage through piles of stuff.
Mix things up
Similar to the rest of the house, select large pieces first and then work around it by adding in smaller items for traffic and balance. If you opt for a large antique table as the focal point for your entryway, then mix it up with smaller pieces to complement it, as well as for extra storage and functionality. If space is tight to begin with, a great idea would be to have a bookshelf that spans from floor to ceiling and fill it with smaller bowls or baskets for storage.
Sometimes all you need is the right kind of furniture. In some cases a rug suffices just fine. When you’re out of ideas and all the furniture you’ve placed in your entryway hasn’t quite given you that result that you’re aiming for, consider adding a large and interesting rug. If it grabs your attention, then it would most likely grab others as well – just be sure it fits well into the room and doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb.
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Keep It Practical
A large vase may very well look nice to look at, but isn’t practical to be put in a small entryway. A multi-purpose bench for both sitting (while putting on shoes) and stashing items is a better idea. The furniture that you choose for your home has the ability to convert ordinary rooms and spaces to extraordinary ones. As the gateway to your home, decorate your entryway to give off the right kind of impression that you’d like guests to have. Just be sure to maintain its functionality for your family by following these simple tips.
About the author: Angie Cole is a full-time blogger with keen interest in interior design and true old-world craftsmanship. She is a fan of Antiques on Old Plank Road, a furniture shop that imports and restores European quality antique and vintage pieces.
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