On the walls, hanging a mirror brings more light into the home by reflecting light coming in from the outside. This added light creates the illusion of more space and warmth. Walking in, the mirror gives an entryway an approachable glow; on the way out, it allows someone a final check in the mirror before leaving the house.
Hooks in the entryway give guests a place to put their coats as soon as they walk through the door. Without a coat closet, having a spot available to hang coats eliminates the need for guests to ask where to put their coats and accessories.
Lay down a runner from the door to the main part of your home to create warmth and visually pull guests through the door. A rug makes the entryway less sterile and absorbs noise to help make it feel less hollow. A rug also adds texture to an otherwise common area and gives you extra control over the wear-and-tear of the floor in this high traffic area.
A boot tray at the entryway gives guests a place to put wet and muddy shoes in the winter or spring. The weight of the boots is removed as well as the pressure of trying not to make a mess by tracking the outdoors into your home.
A bench or stool is a stopping point after walking through the door and before entering the home. It's a place to sit while removing boots or a spot to rest a bag or cheap toys while taking off coats and scarves. It also enhances a host's hospitality by helping a guest feel more relaxed by removing some of the clumsiness from winter welcomes.
A shelf or table under a mirror gives the entryway a practical and aesthetic accent. Even by itself the added platform adds a space for discount books, curios, or a bowl where you can drop keys on your way in and pick up on the way out.
The entryway is a place to engage your guests before they come into your home. A major makeover isn't necessary; just a few tweaks and additions can make the experience delightful from start to finish.
Your home decor doesn't stop at the entryway and neither does Lakeside. While you're shopping for new items to dress up your foyer, be sure to look at all of The Lakeside Collection's decor and storage solutions for every room of your home.