The entryway is the first place that you, your family, and guests encounter when entering your home. It sets the tone for the rest of your space, and makes a significant impression on your home’s atmosphere. However, over time, this high-traffic area can become cluttered and disorganized. This detracts from both its aesthetic appeal and its functionality.
The good news is that there are simple, effective ways to decorate, declutter and organize your entryway. By implementing some of these practical ideas, you can transform your entryway into a beautiful, inviting space that reflects your personal style and creates a warm, inviting atmosphere.
1. Organize Your Entryway With A Pedestal
A wide pedestal is the perfect thing to organize your entryway. You can elevate decorative or practical elements, like hand sanitizer, lotion dispensers, a houseplant, or candles. You can even subdivide the pedestal with smaller trays for better organization. Smaller trays on top of a larger pedestal are the perfect home for your keys, wallet, or other small necessities.
2. Elevate Your Hand Sanitizer
Ever since the Covid-19 pandemic, many of us have been keeping hand sanitizer near the entryways into our homes. The little plastic bottles have become ubiquitous, but it’s very easy for them to turn into clutter.
To avoid this, use a reusable plastic or glass dispenser for your hand sanitizer. A reusable dispenser looks more polished and generates less plastic waste. You can buy sanitizer in bulk and refill your dispenser, foregoing the tiny plastic bottles entirely. A pump makes it easy to get just the right amount.
3. Use Catch-Alls
A simple way to avoid clutter is to create places where small items can accumulate. If you have a designated spot for the little things that may become clutter, you can easily clean it out as it fills. You don’t have to worry about putting everything away immediately, which reduces stress and helps keep your entryway looking nice.
Ring dishes and small trays are perfect to use as catch-alls. To enhance the aesthetic appeal of your entryway, choose dishes that match the atmosphere you want for your entryway. Small spaces can look larger when you choose light-colored accouterments, like a white ring dish with gold accents. If you want to introduce a touch of nature, choose a tray made from bamboo or another light wood.
4. Assess Your Entryway Storage
If you have a credenza, console table, cabinet, or other type of furniture with built-in storage in your entryway, take some time to assess what’s inside. Sometimes furniture with built-in storage becomes a space for random entryway storage, especially if solid drawers or doors lead to an out of sight, out of mind situation.
Take some time to improve your entryway organization by breaking up this storage space with trays, collapsible bins, baskets, or other storage containers that let you subdivide the space. You might be surprised by how much additional space you can generate.
5. Add A Touch Of Green to Your Home Entryway
Houseplants make our homes feel more natural. They are inviting and add tranquility to your space, making them the perfect addition to your home’s entryway. Whether you prefer a trendy tree like a fiddle-leaf fig, a leafy tropical plant like a monstera, or a classic fern, introducing a plant to decorate your entryway makes your home instantly feel more relaxed and welcoming.
You can echo the organic shapes of a houseplant with nature-inspired organizational pieces. A deep stoneware dish with curves that feel organic, a ring dish made with real pressed leaves, or a tiny, delicate floral dish
6. Keep Your Entryway Simple
You don’t want to overwhelm your entryway with lots of decor. Too many knick knacks and decor pieces can feel formidable– and because the entryway is a high traffic area, the odds of something fragile getting knocked over are high. Instead, choose a statement piece or two and look for functional furniture that serves multiple purposes.
7. Bring In Light
Natural light makes any space look bigger and more inviting, but if you’re refreshing an apartment entryway or space with limited natural light, there are ways to improve the light in any entryway space. Adding a table lamp or track lighting is one option.
Another way to bring more light into your entryway is to put a large mirror in the space. Mirrors amplify whatever light is available in the space. They will also make your entryway feel larger, especially if you have a narrow hallway. Wall-mounted mirrors don’t take up any additional furniture or floor space, making them convenient to add without contributing to clutter.
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