How To Style A Small Entryway For Maximum Results
If the living / dining room is the heart of family time and guest entertaining, the entryway would be your 'front of house' or 'shop window'. This is where the whole experience begins. It's the first thing that welcomes you home and greets your visitors. But very often we overlook this important and hardworking part of the house. Make the best impression by following these tricks and style a dramatic entrance like a pro.
Floating shelf is probably the most obvious space saving solution, and this design above is taking the idea to another level. The contrasting combination of the organic sculptural shelf, vintage mirror and the geometric Gio Ponti sconces made a stunning feature that is totally ready to make a statement entrance.
USE TRANSPARENT MATERIALS
Choose a console table or storage unit that does not visually clutter up the space. Acrylic has a light, airy look that reduce the visual clutter,. It's also lighter and safer than glass. Complete this welcoming, glamorous look with a chair in contrasting style, colour and material.
SPICE UP THE FLATPACK CABINET
There are many affordable storage options out there for small spaces. But it doesn't have to look bland and boring! Use your imagination and make it work with the rest of your interior. Here is a simple but hugely stylish way to update an Ikea cabinet by House Tweaking. Perfect for a weekend project. It works so well with the leather bench and the other wooden/jute texture and colour. If you are bold enough, paint the cabinet in a bright colour of your choice to make it really pop.
Don't put your shoes on in the dark! A good lighting would transform your space and uplight the mood in an instant. Opt for wall lamps for a softer mood lighting, or a big chandelier if you want a dramatic entrance. If you don't have space for a console table or cabinet, place a statement floor lamp for a slim visual impact.
OVERSIZED WALL ART
Believe it or not, small entryway is actually a great spot to display bold, oversized wall art. It's a simple and effective way to create a big statement and show off your style. Try not to overwhelm the spot by keeping the rest of the space uncluttered and the palette neutral.
MIRROR MAKES THE ROOM BIGGER
Mirror is not just practical for an entryway (for that final little touch up before you head out and face the world), it also helps reflecting light and makes the space look bigger. Choose an oversized floor length mirror for a dramatic effect; or choose a traditional, vintage style mirror against a modern, colourful backdrop.
EXPERIMENT WITH WALLPAPER
Adding wallpaper to the entryway is another way to add interest and drama to a small space. It's a great place to start if you want to experiment with bold motifs and patterns but not sure about introducing it to the other living space. And if you are daring enough, paper the door to create that amazing visual illusion.
AND DON'T FORGET THE FLOOR
Placing a colourful rug is probably the easiest and most economical way to transform an entryway. It helps define the space and help adding texture. Since you didn't choose the flooring in the rental apartment, the rug can also disguise the finish that you don't like. It also helps protecting the floor where traffic is heavy.
How do you style your entryway? Have you tried any of these bold ideas? Do tell if you have other brilliant ideas that helped you create that guest-ready entrance. Share your thoughts and comments below!