How do you make an entry work when you don’t have a great big ol’ foyer in your home? It’s certainly not the easiest of things to do, but you can do it. It’s really all about figuring out how you can make the space you have, work with what you need.
First, I think it’s best to stop and take a minute to determine how you can cearly define the space. Then, you want to think about what it is that you need from your entryway. Once you do this you can determine the best way to achieve success.
Defining Your Entryway
You can define your entryway by including items in a way that separates the space without needing walls to do so. This is common in open floor plans, or just smaller homes that don’t have the extra space for a foyer.
Rugs are the easiest solution when it comes to defining your entryway space. Simply including a rug as you walk in establishes that this is the spot for you to enter, remove your jacket, and greet guests. If you have the space you can get a long runner, but a small 2’ x 3’ rug should work just fine.
This includes items like a console table, a bench, or even a bookshelf. Adding these pieces can help to make the entry feel more established.
You can also do this by having your sofa line up in a way that it gives you ample entry space to walk into the home. Or perhaps you include a bookshelf or storage unit in a way that acts as a temporary wall. This gives a greater feeling of defining the space, but isn’t always necessary.
All successful foyers or entryways have large light fixtures that help to make a statement. This paired with an area rug can successfully give you that look of an entryway, and it feels much more permanent than any ordinary piece of furniture might do.
What You Need From Your Entry:
Everyone has different needs for this space, and this is why you never want to compare your own to anyone else’s. You want to think about what you need from an entry.
If you have kids, this is probably what you need more than anything else. Storage can typically be anything from a place to keep your coats and shoes, to a spot to hold your mail and keys. These all function so differently that this is why you want to coordinate accordingly.
If you want to store coats, you want to get yourself some hooks. You can do a coat rack, but this is taking up floor space that you probably don’t have much of. So instead, get 6 decorative hooks to easily hold all of the bags, and coats that you need stored.
For shoes, you can do this in 2 different ways. You can get a shoe rack or you can try baskets. Either way you want to have something to physically put the shoes on or in, otherwise they will just be piled up and it will drive you crazy. A shoe rack is nice if it’s going underneath a table, or a bench. Baskets are nice if you want them to go underneath a table and you don’t want to see any shoes at all. This tends to look a little nicer, but both work out just fine.
For some people, a place to put keys and the mail is just as important as anything else. So for this, I recommend getting a small console table so that you can drop your mail off easily. If you are the type of person who will make a mess out of a table top, then just get yourself a small floating shelf, and you can leave all of your keys and mail here.
Simply for Décor
Maybe all you want from your entry space is to have it look like nicely designed. So you don’t necessarily need to worry about the functionality of it. That’s no problem. Just install a mirror over a small thin console table, and you have yourself an entry space. You can even do a small bench instead of a table, and this will give you a spot to put on shoes or look at yourself in the mirror before leaving the house. It’s a win-win.
I feel like the best way to get yourself inspired is to see entries of homes who are also small and still highly successful. You may even find one that is most similar to your own, and can plan accordingly.
Written by Rhiannon Gillis. Rhiannon is the owner of the Amber & Honey Design Co., and she is presently leading all design and staging projects. She writes for this blog and multiple other blogs frequently. Make sure you join theA&H Decor Planner group on Facebook, and follow her on Instagramand Twitter.