They say first impressions are everything, so if you want to elevate your home, it’s best to start with your entryway. Trends in entryway design have really evolved in recent years according to interior designer Christopher Peacock, “Formal entryways are less and less important it seems, and whilst many homes have the obligatory center hall table and flower arrangement, we see a much greater emphasis being put on practical and informal decoration of the informal areas of the home.”
Whether a home has a simple entryway or designer mudroom, function and aesthetic need to be parallel. “Mudrooms and boot rooms are receiving a lot more attention in new home design, and people are spending far greater sums of money to make these areas beautiful as well as functional,” he says.
Specific storage in entryways for shoes, sports equipment, outerwear, backpacks, and packages have become the standard, Peacock explains. “Space for online shopping deliveries has [also] become a requirement,” he says. “So, the rooms are bigger and require much better flooring, lighting and surface area than before. The $100,000 mudroom is not a surprise anymore!”
Here are some easy ways to refresh and redesign one of the most overlooked rooms in the home.
Refreshing an entryway can be one of the easiest home improvement projects. Interior designer Alexis Rodgers of Home With Alexis suggests that even swapping out your lighting fixture can make a big difference. “If you have recessed lighting or an uninspired flush mount fixture in your entryway, elevate the space with something more fabulous.”
However, if the ceilings are too low to accommodate a hanging light fixture, she says to choose a flush or semi-flush mount instead.
Another design mistake people make with entryways are leaving welcome mats inside. Keep it outside (if you must) and use a stylish area rug indoors. “It’s well worth the pain of having to get the rug cleaned every so often,” she says.
Another option is to float a beautiful antique rug a little bit beyond the front door. “The rug defines and elevates the entryway space, and makes it feel just as important as the adjacent rooms. This translates into a beautiful little moment to experience as you first step foot into the home,” Rodgers explains.
A Few Storage Pieces Can Make All The Difference
Design influencer Paige Rangel collaborated with Wayfair for a weekend refresh of her mudroom. The area off of her garage was large, but being wasted. By adding a shelf, hooks, a bench, and storage baskets, the space can be utilized in an entirely different and far more efficient way. More importantly, it didn’t require a large budget or a great amount of effort.
Even just adding a few accessories can change the feeling of the space. A coat rack can give a small space new life, keep it organized and free up a little closet space.
Another option is to add a small table or nesting tables. Then, use the space for picture frames or even a beautiful plant.
Work With What You Have
Melissa Michaels of The Inspired Room also worked with Wayfair to redesign her entryway. The space already had built-in storage, which she kept but changed up a little bit. She removed the dated sliding doors to expose the interior shelves. Then she styled the shelves with bowls, books and storage baskets.
Michaels also replaced the hardware, which is an easy and inexpensive change that anyone can do in minutes. Doorknobs, light switch plates, cabinet knobs and pulls are an easy switch.
Re-Think Your Flooring
One of the most important things to consider when it comes to entryway design is practicality because these spaces tend to become dirty, especially in homes with children and pets. According to Nancy Epstein, Founder and CEO of Artistic Tile, “The entryway needs to be resistant to dirt and a mess. I would suggest ceramic and/or porcelain tile. Both have surfaces that are easy to maintain, will not stain, and are infinitely scrub-able.”
As beautiful as wood flooring is, it has a tendency to attract dirt, so installing tiles designed to resemble wood are a more practical solution that will be much easier to clean and maintain. It can also be more budget-friendly.
Use Wabi-Sabi Principles To Incorporate Minimalism
Interior designer Laurence Carr likes to apply the ancient principals of Wabi-sabi into entryway design. “Wabi-sabi is one of the founding movements behind some of our current design trends. It is defined as a world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection, principles emulated by our entryways,” she says.
Entryways are the spaces where movement flows into the rest of our home. Wabi-sabi incorporates minimalism and simplicity as a very specific choice.
Entryways are also a great opportunity to take design to the next level according to Melissa Benham of Studio Gild. “Take a risk by wallpapering the walls and ceiling of a foyer in a vibrant and luxurious jungle vegetation or upholster a clean-lined, modern sofa with a wild, tropical floral.”
Peel and stick wallpaper has really evolved in recent years. While this is ideal for renters, homeowners, especially those on a budget shouldn’t count it out because this type of wallpaper is relatively affordable and doesn’t require professional installation. Tempaper has really become the standard when it comes to peel and stick wallpaper. Mosaic Scallop, Chain Linx, and Bird Watching are all great choices.
Create A Gallery Wall
“A gallery wall is a great way to refresh your entryway,” says ArtSugar founder Alix Greenberg. “You can express your unique style by mixing and matching framed prints of varying styles or sizes.”
ArtSugar has lots of unique choices from Instagram artists as well as collections curated by top influencers. They also have a useful online tool to help design your wall and choose pieces.
If you want to refresh your entryway on a regular basis, ArtSugar is one of the few art retailers that has an option to rent pieces.