We love designing in small space footprints– especially when it comes to entry ways and mudrooms. I’d argue that the entry space is one of the most critical areas in your house. It should work hard, be flexible and showcase your personality and style all at the same time. So how do we do this? Let’s dig in.
Start with a single storage piece- preferably something that can do some double duty. Think about using a bench with an open bottom to tuck a neat shoe tray under or an open credenza that has a drawer or a shelf on the bottom (perfect for tucking some funky woven baskets under for extra storage).
Once you have your storage piece, then I always add a mirror and adjacent hooks. Try layering a large vintage book with a sculpture piece on top or candle on one side of your credenza, and a pottery bowl piece on the other to collect keys and random items that love to collect (messily) on entry furniture. Or if you’re using a bench, layer in 2-3 decorative pillows along with some artistic wall hooks above. Remember: Styling space is always about optimizing how a space performs first- and then layering in art, texture and personal style.
When it comes to art, choose something that has personal meaning to you. I always encourage clients to choose an art piece that is unique and NOT from a big box store. This will lend your space a unique individuality and will be an instant “level up” in your overall space. Steer away from art from Target and Bed, Bath & Beyond… yes, *gasp* I said it. #Keepwallsweird– check out our print shop or Etsy for some great print or instant download options.
Below you’ll find a roundup of some great, affordable entry way items to spark your imagination. Happy styling!
Credenzas and Benches
Art, Mirrors and Storage Hooks
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