Creating an attractive and functional lobby or entrance
The entryway is the first space in your home that people see when they enter and it can set a great tone for what’s to come in the rest of your home or make people wonder if they want to continue. Creating an interesting, attractive, organized and functional foyer or entryway can not only get people excited about being in your home, but it can also help you and your family to be more organized, enter and exit your home with ease and feel proud of the way others will. see your home too.
There are some essential elements to having an organized and attractive entrance. The first is to have a large console or table in the lobby. For the most part, every foyer should have a large table to house some wonderful accessories, a lamp or two, and (if you don’t have a foyer or are coming through the garage) a basket or drawers to hold keys, name badges, or other items. little ones. It’s also a great place to drop mail!
Good lighting is also a key component of a functional and attractive hall or entrance. Your ceiling lighting should really make a statement. Whether you have a two-story foyer or a six-foot ceiling, there are wonderful light fixture options at your disposal. Make sure the accessory fits the scale of the space. For example, a two-story foyer should have a large and interesting chandelier or pendant light. On the other hand, if you have a seven foot ceiling, you are better off going for a very nice recessed fixture. Whatever the ceiling height or the size of your foyer, really think and invest some money in a really great lighting fixture.
Also consider accent lighting. Lamps or dimmers are a great way to add accent lighting that can help blur some of the ceiling lighting if you’re trying to create ambiance while entertaining. Wall sconces can also be very interesting and add a lot of style to a space while also providing mood and accent lighting. You don’t have to pay an electrician a ton of money to install large wall sconces in your driveway. Many companies now offer fantastic wall sconces in amazing styles and color options.
Not only can a large rug help your entry space look and feel great, it can also serve to help your guests do a bit of cleaning their shoes before entering your home. When it comes to buying proper entryway rugs, there are a few things to consider:
- Opt for a high-end wool rug that can really handle a lot of traffic, considering that it will need to be professionally cleaned periodically.
- Buy a rug made specifically for indoor / outdoor use that can be easily cleaned and maintained. Today, many companies make indoor and outdoor rugs in a variety of styles, colors, patterns, and textures at great prices.
Many people need a place to sit to take off and put on, as well as to store shoes near the entrance or lobby. There are several creative and stylish ways to handle this. A great looking bench with built-in storage is the most obvious and easiest solution if you have the space for it. Another option is a slim bench with an open bottom to place baskets or trays underneath to neatly store a small amount of shoes or even children’s backpacks. You may also consider placing one or two square storage ottomans under the console or hall table. The wheels will make it easy for you to take them out and put them away when you are done using them and the storage can serve as storage for some of your family’s shoes.
If your entry / foyer is the main entrance to your home (which means you don’t have a foyer or entrance from the garage), you may also consider placing a couple of attractive baskets on the console table. A basket could be used to leave keys, phones and wallets when entering the house. The second can serve as a mailing. However, the key to keeping this system organized is that the baskets are checked a couple of times a week to make sure there is always room to put the new items. You can also use the drawers on your console table for this purpose if the table has them and if they are large enough to organize these items.
The finishing touches are what really make entryways and hallways shine. If your space allows, a truly dramatic mirror can add style and allow you one last look at yourself before you leave home. A vase of fresh (or really cool) flowers can add freshness to the space. Vases, bowls, sculptures, and artwork really make the space feel finished and make guests want to see what else you’ve done with the rest of your home. Really spend a little time adding personal touches to your foyer or entryway to make it feel finished and inviting.