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4 Ways to Create a Welcoming Entryway

By October 14, 2014Uncategorized

A cheat sheet for creating an organized, stylish entry space out of thin air.

Many Seattle homes don’t have a formal entry or foyer. The front door often opens right into the living room. If this is the case with your home, there are of plenty ways to create a defined entry space that is both beautiful and organized.

1. Make your own (entry) way with intentional furniture placement.

This can be as simple as placing your couch or a set of chairs with their back to the door to create the feeling and function of a hallway. Add a console or table to the mix to create structure and give you an organized spot to drop keys and mail when you walk in the door.


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2. Divide the space with a bookcase or other physical barrier.

A well-placed bookcase can do wonders for making good use of large or sprawling space. And as you know, a bookcase isn’t just for books anymore. Make a creative first impression by displaying art and other collectibles or add bins, baskets, or drawer inserts to keep things looking tidy.

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 3. Go up the wall!

Smart use of hooks, shelves, and benches along an entry wall may be all you need to define and organize your entry space. And with a little creativity, hooks can be both functional and artsy. They keep coats, backpacks, purses, and scarves off the floor and look cute, too. A small bench with a few baskets offers a resting place to take off shoes as well as a place to store them out of sight.

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4. Send a rug to the rescue.

An area rug, or even a runner, visually frames the entryway and makes it distinct from the rest of the room. As with other small spaces, this is also a great way to add a splash of bold color or pattern that might feel too risky or overwhelming in a larger area.


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What are some of the ways you have created a warm welcome right inside your front door? Do tell! Share pics and tips below.

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