Upon moving into a new apartment, I study where our everyday shoes, keys, bags, hats, etc. will go. Man, the things pack up quick. Luckily for us, we now have two entryways. Keeping the heavy-duty unsightly things in the first one. There’s no need for styling out that one, I say. Keep it basic.
But this one still needed to serve a function, all the while not becoming a site of discomfort once you enter our apartment. It needed to speak to us as people. After all, it literally is the first thing you see when you enter. If you find yourself among those shuffling about trying to whip up a decent entryway or two in a small apartment, then this is for you.
– Don’t be afraid of pattern. Even if the rest of your home is simple and white, a bit of pattern in a space that is usually saved for minimal and clean, goes a long way. It’s an instant pick-me-up. We received ours from Chasing Paper. A bonus; the paper is renter friendly.
– Purchase, thrift, or receive (for free), furniture with character. Even an aged wood bench, or a vintage dresser will do.
– Function. It’s simple. We would love a wood bench for sitting upon, but we also needed a place for towels and sheets, since we don’t have a linen closet. Before buying or receiving anything, think long and hard about what it will actually serve your space.
– Fresh flowers or a plant. Simply because they scream welcome!
– A market tote or reusable bag of some sort. There is something about the site of a market tote that makes someone feel at home. It’s equivalent to a wooden broom, in my opinion. Whether we are city dwellers or not, these classic (and sustainable) items do not go unnoticed and unused. While having the tote there looks good, and brings the entryway together in some grand way, it’s place reminds me to bring it or a reusable bag of some sort outside every single day.
– Hang a mirror. Mirrors help brighten a small space, while opening it up a bit. And who doesn’t love a check of their quickly applied lipstick before heading out?
Alright, have any entryway styling tips of your own to share?