Ah, the entryway. Also known as the foyer, we often find that this is the hardest spot in the home to decorate. For starters, an entryway can easily become the catch-all space for all those things that don’t have a spot of their own: keys, winter boots, newspapers and the day’s mail, hats, scarves, sunglasses…the list goes on and on. A good foyer, though, can be a real design stunner, and so it should be. After all, the entryway is often the first glimpse visitors get of your home. As the first thing they see, you want to make sure you’re making an impression, and a good one at that. Everyday necessities aside, we believe every good entrway should contain the following:
1) A console table. Every home needs a bit of counterspace in the foyer. You’ve got to have somewhere to put everything.
2) Storage. We’re partial to woven baskets. They’re a great way to store those extra scarves, magazines, hats, gloves, etc.
3) Mirror. Why do you need a mirror in the entrway? To check your hair and makeup on your way out the door, of course. Your entrway mirror provides the first and last look at your outfit each and every day. It’s the best way to make sure there’s no lipstick on your teeth, that your hair is properly brushed, and that you haven’t forgotten your glasses.
4) Lighting. A pair of lamps flanking the console table aren’t just a stylish solution, they’re also a great way to add light to the space. By virtue of being by the front door, entryways sometimes lack natural light. A pair of table lamps helps to brighten up the space.
5) Seating. If you’ve got the space for it, it’s great to have a stool or two underneath the console table in your entrway. These serve as a great place to put on your shoes in the morning, and can also be pulled into the neighboring areas (living and dining rooms) for extra seating when guests come over.
Now that we’ve got the essentials covered, let’s see how they play out. We put together three shoppable boards based on inspirational entrway imagery we found on Pinterest. We took a tiny bit of liberty with the design, as you’ll see, but each board contains at least 4 out of the 5 essentials listed above. Whether you’re looking for rustic traditional, or want to go for something a bit more glam, we’ve got you covered.