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Your home’s entryway is its first interior impression! It’s important that it’s as warm and welcoming as the rest of your space. Whether your entryway is a dedicated room or a small area scooped from an open floor plan, here are five entryway ideas to make a grand entrance.
1. Declutter, Declutter, Declutter
It’s easy to treat the entryway as the de facto dumping ground for mail, bags, and the rest of the stuff you come home with. We all do it! (Well, maybe not Drew, he’s far too neat.) One way to beat old habits is to develop new ones: declutter your entryway by first making sure there’s a spot for everything—so everything can be in its place, of course. Even the smallest space has room for a nice accent cabinet where you can hang your keys, drop your mail, and store accessories like umbrellas and extra tote bags. Try giving each family member (and pet) a dedicated hook for their outerwear, and a slim shoe rack can do wonders to keep the floor clear. The second part of decluttering? Remove any unnecessary accessories, opting for just one or two items, like a scented candle or vase of flowers.
2. Create a Soft Landing
It’s no secret that we love an open-concept floor plan, but it can be tough to decide where the entryway ends and the living space begins. For an easy solve, use a soft, colorful rug to designate a “landing” space. Doing so clearly establishes an aesthetic boundary to the entryway area while also adding some color to the space. (p.s.: Our Scott Living rugs come in a variety of sizes and are all stain, soils and fade resistant, making them perfect for high-traffic areas.)
3. Up-Level The Lighting
Nothing elevates a room like the right lighting, and your entryway is no exception. The lighting in this area should be elegant and functional. A well-placed table lamp (maybe on that accessory cabinet mentioned above?) creates a warm, inviting feeling immediately upon entering the house. If there’s space, an entryway mirror can pull double-duty — it’ll reflect light, making the room feel more spacious and bright, and give you a chance to give yourself a final once-over before heading out the door.
4. Wow With a Statement Wall
No room should be without a statement feature of some sort, and for a smaller space like an entryway, a stylish wallpaper on a single wall is the perfect way to grab attention without taking up space. Even better? A stylish, removable wallpaper. Vinyl self adhesive wallpaper is an easy, fast, and almost fool-proof way to instantly add polish and finesse with a simple peel and stick. We love a textured wallpaper (like this graphite option from our Scott Living collection), which keeps things interesting without being too “busy.”
5. The Power of Flowers
There’s no easier way to perk up a small space than with fresh-cut flowers. Whether you’re placing a few stems in a single bud vase or arranging a large bouquet of late-summer stunners, fresh flowers are a natural and beautiful way to ensure your home smells lovely and welcoming every time you walk in the door. Hyacinths, lilies, gardenia, and jasmine flowers all have a strong but not overbearing fragrance and should be available at your local florist. Peonies and roses (and lilacs during the spring) are backyard favorites that make the cut, too.
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