A cluttered entryway is not only a tripping hazard; it can detract from any effort you put into decorating the area. Rather than let coats, boots, junk mail and magazines pile up to the point of clutter overload, find a way to scale back and get things like coats and mitts off the floor and boots out of the way of the main flow of traffic. Put up hooks for smaller accessories, move the majority of shoes you're not using into a closet, and make sure no one leaves their keys, wallets, mail, etc. where it can pile up and look untidy. The more space you can create in the entryway by losing the clutter, the neater the area will look.
Let's face it: Any area where people come and go regularly is going to get messy despite your efforts to the contrary. But you can keep those messes contained by investing in some stylish storage solutions that provide a place for everything from junk mail to errant hats and scarves. Colourful baskets and boxes make great places to store papers, mail and magazines. An ottoman that doubles as a storage chest can offer a simple yet chic way to store extra layers when not in use. And quirky wall hooks are an easy solution for umbrellas, sweaters and other items you use but don't want scattered on the floor.
Since the entryway is the first thing you see when you step inside, make the area pop with some bold colour. You don't need to venture too far outside your comfort zone and paint the whole entryway magenta, but going beyond neutral into more colourful territory can help make the space stand out. Choose a shade that complements other colours in your home, and go from there. Emerald green, plum, pastel yellow and red are stylish ways to give the front entrance pizzazz.
Bare walls along the entryway aren't exactly welcoming. Fix that problem by hanging some art, mirrors or photos. We like the idea of multiple items rather one large piece of art. Why not print out some of your favourite family photos in various sizes, pop them into dollar store frames, and create a photo collage? Kitschy mirrors in colourful frames also make a stylish display. Scour thrift stores and antique shops to find a few that suit your tastes.
A runner basically guides guests into the house, not to mention protects your floor from scuff marks and muddy boots. Choose something with texture and in a colour that works with the rest of your decor. Don't feel like dealing with a runner that's constantly getting dirty? Paint one on the floor! This is a great solution if you would rather not have the hassle of cleaning one.
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