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The First Thing Your Guests See When THey Enter Your Home…
To me, the entryway is the first thing your guests see when they come into your home. First impressions count, so you want to ensure that yours reflects you and your interior style. There are certain must-haves for an entryway that I believe are key things you have to have. Now, I know not all of us have the luxury of a separate room for your entryway. I am one of these people. My entryway is my living room, which my front door opening onto it.
This does not stop me having an entryway. I make do with the small space that I have to greet guests. In order to create this, I made sure to include some must-haves for an entryway, to ensure this space just shines. The entryway is one space that can easily be transformed without major renovations. Just include the following things in yours and you’ll have a fabulous space greeting you when you return home from work…
The first of the must-haves for an entryway is some form of surface, usually in the form of a console table. It’s a place to put your decorative items onto, as well as somewhere to throw mail onto, your bag or, the ever-important keys to your home. For my entryway, I have a radiator cover, just to cover the ugliness of the radiator but to also have a surface. If I was to buy a console table, I love this one from La Redoute. It has the top surface as well as hidden storage for other things. However, I’m obsessed with this one, also from La Redoute. It’s stunning and such a unique piece for your home.
The next must-have item is a mirror. However, I’ve also included artwork. Really, you want something above the console table to anchor the wall above the console table. For me, as my entryway is in my living room, I already have a mirror above my fireplace (which you guys always compliment me on over on Instagram). So there isn’t much need for a secondary wall mirror. However, one thing I do want to invest in is a full-length mirror for checking outfits before leaving the door. Something that you might also be interested in investing in.
If like me, you don’t need a mirror above your console table, then the artwork is the way to go. I love my prints from Desenio. When choosing artwork, you want something that compliments your interior style and doesn’t take away from the room. Personally, I’m not a fan of family photos that are in an obvious place in an entryway. It seems like an invasion of privacy. I tend to do more prints and drawings. In terms of how many, I would do one large landscape or two portrait ones. You can’t go wrong with those two options.
Fragrance in a home is so important. However, I feel that in your entryway this is absolutely essential. If you buy only one fragrance for your home, make sure it is your entryway. People associate things and memories with scent, so you want to get a signature scent that your guests will always smell when they come to your home.
Now, I love a candle. However, this is not one of the must-have for an entryway. Instead, go for a diffuser, either reed or electrical. I brought this one from The White Company on a whim and I’m so glad I did. Not only does it look fantastic, but the scent is also stunning. Plus, I’ll be able to refill the glass once it’s completed. Win-win for everyone.
I love florals/ greenery around the home. And an arrangement in the entryway is a great focal point to look at when you come home. I love fresh flowers, however, if you’re wanting something a little more hassle-free, then dried flowers are the way to go. They do not require water and will last the test of time. I love this eucalyptus from Dowsing & Reynolds, one bunch fills this vase and just looks stunning.
I also love to change the arrangement with the seasons, so expect some warm colours come fall and a festive arrangement during Christmas time.
DECORATIVE ITEMS & TRINKET TRAY.
Finally, the last of the must-haves for an entryway are decorative items. These add personality and interest, making the house look like your home. Ginger jars are gorgeous, a stack of books is also a great option. I would always suggest that if you have some decorative items you picked up on your travels, this would be a great place to display them.
A must-have decorative item is a trinket tray. You want something small to collect change but most importantly, somewhere to chuck your keys. If your space can take it, go large. However, if you have a small space like myself, something simple will do the trick.