Here are a few ways to create a killer entryway that is both beautiful and functional.
A perfect place for a large, ornate or statement mirror is the entryway. A big mirror helps to reflect more light throughout this area, which is useful since most entryways are fairly small.
Another huge benefit is that a mirror provides a function. How many times do you run to the bathroom to check your appearance in a mirror before you head out the door? A mirror in the entryway means you can check yourself right as you walk out.
Add A Complimenting Runner
The entryway naturally gets a lot of traffic through it, back and forth. This makes this little room perfect for an area rug. Rather than choosing a square or round rug, consider a runner-style rug
often used in hallways. Not only will it save your floors but visually this extended line will pull your guests into the rest of the house.
Go For Unique Coat Hooks
Coat hooks for outerwear, purses, dog leashes and more are mandatory in any functional entryway. Instead of opting for basic single hooks in a line, consider adding variety. Antique hooks, a mixed set of complimenting decorative hooks or staggering hooks can really add a nice touch with hardly any effort.
Another functional but stylish feature to add to your entryway is seating since many people will be more comfortable sitting down to take off and put on their shoes. A classic bench with beautiful upholstered cushions gives the option of having storage and shoe space under it. If that isn't an option, a small armchair or maybe a reclaimed antique dining room chair with a fabric seat can look equally beautiful.
Don't Forget About Your Porch
Although many people consider the entryway to just be the room or area inside the home after entering the front door, don't forget about your porch. It could be argued that the whole area of entrance for your home should be considered the entryway. Small touches like adding some container plants or flowers, repainting the front door or screen door frame or putting up a shabby chic outdoor rocking chair or bench can go a long way.
Spend a little extra time on your entryway to really wow your guests and help keep your home more organized. Don't forget little extras like a potted plant or a vase of fresh cut flowers as finishing touches.