When we purchased this home, one of the major downfalls was the lack of a basic entryway. Entryways in my opinion are important because they are the first impression. An entryway greets guests while also providing function for valuable efficiency in the home.
Literally, when someone walks in our front door, they walk into our living room. I wanted to create a way that was functional, simple, and inviting to any of our guest as well as our family. I also didn’t want to create a lot of clutter by adding too many elements. Before, we would take off our shoes, walk all the way to our kitchen table, and drop whatever we needed to drop. This obviously, quickly became very inefficient.
When designing the entry I knew I needed to create an efficient way to drop our basic items like keys, bags, and a simple solution to store shoes. (With a gravel driveway we make it a habit to take shoes off before entering any home.)
I focused on the wall that, joins the front door. It’s about two feet between the door and window frame. Creating a few basic elements has added form and function to this small space. Everything has a place, in a beautiful way.
One of the easiest ways to add function to a space is by adding a table, chair, or bench. We opted to make a table out of some antique oak we received from a friend several years ago. I will create a tutorial soon, promise!
We love an industrial feel–so we knew we would add black metal throughout our home. We added black industrial pipes as the legs and sanded the rustic wood to a baby smooth finish.
Here are a few tips when creating your own entryway experience.
1. Keep it Simple. Less is always more when it comes to a high traffic area. Add essentials and keep the area free from excessive decorating or clutter.
2. Add Function. Add elements that keep your space functional for your family. Maybe that means a catch all, coat hook, shoe rack, or bench.
3. Inspire Your Space. Add decor or photos that inspire you. What will make you smile or lift your spirits after a long day at the office? Start there and add simple elements along the way.
I hope this post inspires you in your own entryway goals. Don’t let a lack of traditional entryway or square footage hold you back from creating a space you love. For more inspiration be sure to check out daily updates on Instagram and Pinterest. Now go and make today beautiful!