8 Essential Items for an Entryway
You want your guests to feel welcome and comfortable when they walk in the door. This list of essential items for an entryway will make a positive impression on those who enter your home.
There’s a psychological aspect to creating a clean, attractive, welcoming entry to your home. Walking in the front door leaves the outside world behind as you enter a nurturing haven. Don’t dismiss the effect your surroundings have on your life and your relationships with others. To create a new space, or spruce up a tired entryway, there are really only 8 things that are truly essential to the entryway. Let’s begin.
8 Essential Items For An Entryway
1. A Place For Coats
You, your family and guests need a place to hang coats. If you have a coat closet near the front door, great! (Do make sure the closet is always neat!) Attractive pegs on the wall, or a coat rack if you have enough room, will hold guests’ coats, scarves, hats and purses. This 8-hook wall-mounted coat rack is a piece of wall art in itself!
2. A Boot Tray
When guests arrive in the rain or snow, a boot tray is essential to hold wet, muddy boots and shoes. And, if you have a no-shoe rule in your home, guests can place their shoes on a boot tray or boot rack instead of leaving them in a jumble at the door.
3. An Umbrella Stand
You might wonder why an umbrella stand makes the list of essential items for an entryway. It’s where you leave your umbrellas and walking sticks so you always know where they are. When you or a guest arrives with a wet umbrella, it can be left in the stand or propped on the boot tray so there are no drips on your floor.
4. A Console Table
A narrow console table in the entry is a place for keys, wallets, mail or simply to set something while you are coming or going. If there is a shelf on the bottom, even better! Set baskets on the shelf and use them for mittens, gloves, pet toys, and slippers for those who take off their shoes at the door. Here’s a beautiful console table in an oak finish.
5. A Place To Sit
If you are asking people to take their shoes off, you need to give them a place to sit down to do so. A bench or chair is perfect for this. You can even place the boot tray under the bench to save space. This particular bench has three baskets on the lower shelf to hold items.
6. Softer Lighting
Your entry probably has an overhead light, such as a chandelier. Don’t greet your guests with bright, harsh lighting. Make your entrance more appealing by adding a lamp on a narrow table. Put your lights on a dimmer switch. How about this super-easy to use plug-in lamp dimmer for ambience?
7. A Rug
On tile, wood floors, or even if you have carpet in your foyer, you need a rug there so people feel they aren’t going to be tracking dirt. It gives them a chance to wipe their feet.
8. A “Wow Factor”
Add a focal point, a “wow factor” for people who enter your home. The easiest way to do this is to hang a decorative mirror over the console table. People like to check themselves before coming in or going out. You can use a bold paint on the walls, or hang art, or add an arrangement of flowers or a plant.
You don’t want too many items in your entryway. Don’t clutter it up. Have only the things that are essential in your foyer. You must leave room for your guests to get through the door, after all! Make sure that there’s nothing behind the door that would keep it from opening all the way.
Don’t make people crowd together in the foyer because of too many things on the floor or protruding from the walls. Don’t have delicate figurines on a shelf that they may accidentally knock off when they remove their coats. That would be a great start to a visit, wouldn’t it?
Don’t think you have an “eye” for decorating? Look at these lovely pictures to give you more ideas for your own entryway!