It has been a slow process of making this house feel more “homey”. I feel like it has been a mission of mine over the past few years. I guess you have to live a little before you really know your “taste” if there is such a thing really. We have a very small entryway when you walk into the living room and it has been my mission to create a more inviting entryway using simple decor that is inviting and multipurpose.
THE ART OF THE PERFECT MIRROR
When you live in a small home you have to be intentional with everything you bring in. The entryway or foyer is the first place you land when you walk in so it needed to be a place for “things” to land as well as look simple, clean and cozy. One of the first things you will see when you walk in is this gorgeous new farmhouse window that is also a mirror. I snagged this beauty from Hayneedle a few weeks ago and have been so pleased with it. While I can’t find it on the website any longer, there are still several wonderful farmhouse type mirror options to choose from. They even have a handy farmhouse section of decor and furniture items to choose from. A mirror is great in a small entry way because it gives the illusion of more space. This particular mirror faces the door which catches the light when it swings open making the space feel even more spacious.
HANG IT UP
If your entryway is small, chances are you are limited on space elsewhere. So, you will need a place for things to land or hang that is also great for storage. While I’ve always really wanted an old hall tree, we just do not really have the space for all of that. So, I decided to create my own “illusion” of a hall tree. I purchases a more narrow storage bench that has slide out storage and then a separate over head shelf that has slide out storage. I have been really happy with how it turned out as well as having a place to store hats, scarves, gloves, bags and more. The boys keep their shoes in the baskets below and I even have a great place for a few of my plants that are out of the reach of the cat.
Also, on the wall right as you walk in the front door, I have a space to hang keys. It is just a simple sign with hooks and it works out perfectly for storing things and not loosing!
GREEN IS GOOD!
I mentioned having a space for a few of my plants on top of the storage shelf. Well, this is with purpose! As soon as you add plants to a space you start to not only increase your mood, but it also acts as a natural air purifier. Plants usually work well in a foyer due to the light that floods in from the doorway. If you have animals like me, plants can be hard to keep. If you have a place where you can get them high enough that is the key. Some of the best luck I have had with indoor plants have been pothos, aloe, succulents and snake plants. Again, make sure you keep them away from animals and small children who may try to eat them!
What are your tips for an inviting smaller entryway?