STYLISH ESSENTIALS FOR SMALL ENTRYWAYS

 
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The entryway for one's home can sometimes be tricky to decorate. Often people forget about this space or pay it little attention, which is a huge mistake for two main reasons. First, this is the first impression that people get when they walk into your home - it should set the tone for the rest of the house! Second, the space needs to serve a purpose or else it ends up looking either cluttered or too empty and sparse! 

There are SO many ways an entry can be designed/decorated all of which depend on how much space there is! Larger spaces can accommodate way more items including benches, large tables, foyer pendants, etc. where as small spaces may have room for nothing, but still require similar elements larger spaces for functionality! Your space may be small, but style doesn't have to be compromised!

Take the entryway to our condo (seen above). There is literally 18 inches of space to work with between the laundry room door and the front hall closet door. There are no recessed spaces, no where for hooks, no where to designated for shoes, and barely enough tabletop space for anything. We had keys, mail, and change laying around everywhere and it drove me insane. I knew I had to add something functional to the space but struggled for so long as to what that would be. I cam across this vintage bamboo plant stand for $10 and knew it would be the perfect fit! To hide mail, papers, receipts, etc. I stacked three black and white boxes of various sizes so now everything can be hidden but not lost. Typically I don't keep the small vase and flowers on top, rather a shallow gold dish to hold keys and there is a group of three frames above with DIY art and my own photography! So there we have it - a vintage table, DIY art, store bought frames, and display boxes all in the same colour tones paired together to create a stylish AND functional entryway! (all within 18 inches)

Below are some great examples of entryways that are both stylish and functional! To create something similar in your own home, keep the following key elements in mind:

1. Art and/or Mirror

2. Display boxes and/or decorative tray

3. Table or shelf

4. Small decorative rug/doormat

I have always loved the space below by Sarah Richardson! It was a small city condo makeover that had very limited space. Here they have included a mirror, super unique table, decorative box, and a couple of small accessories - great combination!

Image via: Sarah Richardson

Image via: Sarah Richardson

I first came across this space below by Consort Design a few months ago and have been obsessed with the custom designed table ever since! How fun is that! There is also a small drawer to properly hide junk while leaving the top free for keys, sunglasses, etc.! Again, here they have a mirror, small table, storage, and accessories perfectly designed between two doorways. 

Image via: Consort Design

Image via: Consort Design

Small console tables like the one below are perfect for long narrow spaces (which are common in entryways). They often have storage and ample room on top for your things, accessories, and ever art!

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Below is another option of a narrow console table. While this has no storage, there is enough wall space to add hooks, a basket, and a bench underneath which is a total bonus for small spaces.

Image via: Homey Oh My

Image via: Homey Oh My

The traditional space below is more likely common in a smaller older home, but is a great example oh how to conceal those old radiators, essentially creating a table top!

Image via: Better Homes and Gardens

Image via: Better Homes and Gardens

Great use of a single shelf below!

Image via: Gordon-Duff Linton

Image via: Gordon-Duff Linton

Here the hooks have a top that creates a little shelf for storage! Shoes can also be somewhat concealed under the bench!

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Below are some stylish essentials perfect for any small entryway!

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