The entryway is often an area of the home that gets neglected. We eschew it in favor of other rooms that we spend more time in, like the kitchen or living room. However, having an inviting entryway/mudroom area can make your home feel cozier and more welcoming for both you and your guests alike. If your entryway needs some sprucing up, here are some tips to help you make the most of this space.
Give everyone a place to take their shoes off.
Installing a bench in your entryway can make the room much more comfortable for all of your guests. It gives them a place to take shoes and coats off and get everything organized after coming in from the cold. You can easily repurpose other pieces of furniture to turn them into a bench, or even build one yourself if you are feeling crafty. Accent it with some cushions and pillows to make it even more inviting.
Use one wall as a design focal point.
Many people don’t think to incorporate wall art into their entryway, but it’s actually a great way to tie everything together while you are decorating and really show off your personal style. You could use anything from mirrors to a tapestry to movie posters to family photos – whatever makes you happy. This adds a nice warmth to your space.
Try overhead lighting.
A hanging lamp or small chandelier is not only chic, but it provides a nice, welcoming glow to everyone who enters the house. Whether you go for industrial or country-chic, there are plenty of different lighting options you could use for an entryway. Just make sure your light is proportional to the size of your space, and that you don’t put it so high that no one can see it.
Paint with warm, welcoming colors.
Guests will feel immediately drawn into your space if you decorate with warm colors like reds, purples, or yellows. Many people just assume that they should paint their mudrooms white, but having a colored mudroom can actually completely change the feel of the space and minimize the need for excess decor. If warm colors just aren’t your thing, a soothing blue could work just as well.
Give each resident their own storage bin or drawer.
One of the biggest concerns with decorating mudrooms is the clutter that they often accumulate. The best way to prevent this is to set up an organizing system that is convenient to use and visually appealing. It’s helpful to designate certain spaces for each resident of the house, as well as spaces for guests to use as well. You can store your shoes and other items in bins, shelvers, drawers, or cubbys – whatever you prefer.
Bring the outside in.
Bringing plants into your entryway is an easy way to make it feel more lively. Opt for plants that are easy to take care of, like succulents. Even just one vase of flowers or cacti in hanging planters can make a huge difference in your space.