How to Design a Welcoming and Functional Entryway

When friends and family walk into your home, what will they see? A welcoming, stylish space or a muddy entryway cluttered with coats and shoes? A messy foyer can take away from your home’s overall interior design, and coming home to find your place disheveled can make you feel stressed, too, which is exactly the opposite of how one should feel in their home. entryway

To design an entryway that’s beautiful and clutter-free, first you have to get organized. Storage benches are perfect for entryways and can keep the area tidy without diminishing your home’s style. Even better, consider a storage bench or hall tree that comes equipped with a coat rack. This 2-in-1 solution is a smart way to store more without taking up precious space.

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Once your entryway is organized and clear of the clutter, the next step is to determine how you will keep it clean. After all, entryways are often referred to as mudrooms for a reason. To start, place a rug next to the front door where family and guests can wipe off their shoes. Polypropylene rugs are great for high-traffic areas like the entryway, and they handle moisture and mud well. Another handy item is a boot tray, which you can use to hold boots or any other shoes you wear outdoors.

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Your entryway is clean and organized – now is the time to add some style. To design a beautiful space, great lighting is essential. Consider a statement pendant or chandelier to wow guests as soon as they enter your home. Then add decorative pieces here and there, such as wall art or a mirror. A small desk to display your favorite keepsakes can also be a great way to design a memorable entryway.

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With an organized system, a few items to keep your entryway clean and fabulous decor, you’ll fall in love with your home every time you walk through the front door.

By Wendy Weinert

The Cure for House Envy

Have you ever walked into an acquaintance’s house and immediately felt jealous of their superior interior design? We’ve all been there. House envy is pretty common among homeowners; no matter how much time you spend decorating your home, there’s always someone there to top it.

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It’s time to stop feeling envious of other’s homes and finally feel at peace with your own. Just make some of these minor updates in your home and watch how they transform your interior design!

Photo Credit: This Ivy House

Photo Credit: This Ivy House

Door handles

You probablyblue door knob spent hours deciding which furniture looked best in the living room or what bed was most comfortable for a good night’s sleep. But did you think about what door handles would look best in each room?

Most people don’t think that a door handle can affect the look of one room much, but that’s because they aren’t considering their options. Just look at the stunning blue Victorian Glass Door Knob. Now that’s a door knob that is both functional and stylish!

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Light fixtures

With so many styles of light fixtures currently available, you have the chance to really make an impact in a room without even taking up space! Consider hanging up a unique chandelier or a unique hanging pendant in a room that could use a boost of visual appeal. A stylish light fixture will do a lot more for a room’s design than the standard light and fan combo ever could.

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Accent pieces

Accent pieces could be a variety of different furnishings, so what you choose will depend on the amount of space you have and your functional needs. If you already have most of your furniture, set some accent pillows on a couch to add color and style to the living room. Use a uniquely designed accent table to hold your coffee or glass of water. You can even make your entryway more exciting with a hall tree bench to hang up coats and store shoes.

Overall, the key to loving your home’s interior design is to pay attention to the details. Who knows – with a few tweaks and changes here and there, your friends might even start feeling jealous of your home!

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Outdoor lighting: Perfect illumination for every kind of porch

Every house has its own unique personality – and that’s often apparent right at the front door. While there numerous home entry styles, the one you choose – and how you decorate it – says a lot about you and your style. And the key décor element for any porch is generally an outdoor light fixture.

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Consider these three types of porches and home entries and how lighting can define and improve the space:

  • A large, open porch: Sweeping, gracious porches are a much-loved characteristic of classic American homes, particularly in the South. Because they encourage lingering and lots of use, it’s necessary to have sufficient lighting; that might mean a multitude of fixtures. A large sconce by the door provides welcoming light but recessed ceiling lighting can help illuminate the rest of the space.
  • A screened in porch: These versatile spaces often end up serving as additional living areas. Because screened-in porches make the most of enjoyable weather without letting insects in to pester you, they’re comfortable and useful, even after dark. To add light and keep the air moving, a combination fan and light fixture is ideal. For times when you only need a bit of light, a sconce – or pair of sconces – directly next to the door will do the trick.
  • A classic portico: A sconce can overwhelm a small portico space or give it an unbalanced look. A pendant lighting fixture, like a lantern or a chandelier, adds charm as well as illumination to a portico, all without throwing off the visual balance. Because it’s a smaller space, keep overhead clearance in mind.

Having the right lighting on your porch will make a difference in how you welcome your guests, spend your time and establish the look of your home. Choose carefully and you’ll create a space that’s as versatile as it is beautiful.