How To Design The Perfect Entryway

Published: March 14, 2018 | Updated: November 24, 2020

Every home’s entryway provides the perfect opportunity for a grand entrance, no matter if the space is grandiose, compact, or even practically non-existent.  A well-designed entryway is a carefully constructed blend of form and function, offering family and friends a warm welcome, while also providing must-haves that help you make good first impressions. Here are some of our favorite finds to provide a proper welcome to one and all.

Light It Up

Never underestimate the power of a carefully chosen light fixture or two. Start with a stylish overhead light, like a dramatic pendant, to bathe the area in a warm glow. Then, provided there’s room for a table, add a lamp to provide another layer of light.

Spice Up The Wall

What’s an entryway without a wall mirror? Not only are they pretty, but they’re practical in a couple of different ways. First, they offer an opportunity for that last-minute glance before dashing out the door; and second, they open up your entryway, reflecting light and space for a more inviting feel. If you prefer canvas over glass, opt for artwork you love – it’s the first thing you and guests see when entering your home, so it should reflect your taste and sense of style.

Have a Seat

Every entryway could do with a place where you can unpack your day. Whether it’s a seat to remove shoes, a table to harbor everyday essentials, or both, let the size of your entry determine your choices. A small bench is perfect for compact foyers, offering a seat as well as hidden storage space to keep things tidy.

Hat Check

If organization is a problem, consider a coat rack. These are especially useful if you’re not blessed with a coat closet. Choosing a coat rack that fits neatly in a corner keeps coats and bags out of the way so you can keep your entryway neat and guest-ready.

Color Down Under

Placing a rug on the floor is a terrific way to add color and texture, but choose carefully. You need a rug that can withstand foot traffic as well as whatever your family and guests drag in, from rain and mud to slush and snow. When choosing your rug, consider the vertical clearance space between the bottom of your door and the floor. You don’t want your door to rub on the rug every time it opens and closes. And don’t be afraid of color. It’s the perfect way to add a dash of warmth, making every homecoming a happy one.

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Home Accessories Ideas, Seasonal

Welcome Mat: Prepare Your Entry for the Rainy Season

Published: April 28, 2016 | Updated: October 5, 2018

We all know that rain is good for the environment and helps the flowers bloom throughout spring and summer. But for all the good the rainy season brings, it also introduces mud and muck into the house. We have a few simple tips for making the mud more manageable while still keeping your home at its stylish best. 


From the Ground Up

Area rugs not only help define open spaces like foyers and entryways, but also add a touch of welcoming warmth and splash of style. For fear of ruining prized rugs with muddy footprints, many people stow their rugs away during the rainy season. Rather than deprive your entryway of the many benefits offered by an area rug, lay down an indoor/outdoor rug that is easily cleaned and stands up to heavy foot traffic. Shop from our selection of indoor/outdoor rugs to find the season’s hottest color and pattern trends. These chic rugs protect your floors from mud and dirt while making a stunning first impression with your guests!

Zenfield Bedroom Bench


Keeping a heap of towels in the entryway is a common-sense approach to taming mud during the rainy season. But who wants their ratty old towels in plain view? That’s why we suggest placing a storage bench in the entryway. It not only keeps cleanup items out of sight but also offers a place to sit while you wipe your feet and remove your shoes. Win-win! Our Zenfield bench is technically designed to complement the bedroom collection by the same name, but can easily add form and function to a foyer, too.

Arrowtown Dining Room Server

A-Tisket, A-Tasket

Now that you’ve removed your muddy shoes, you need a spot to stow them. After all, no one wants to see the family’s footwear lined up by the front door. Nothing works better than a large basket to conceal the mess while letting your footwear “breathe” and dry out.

Home Accents Wall Shelf

The Hookup

Now that you’ve mastered the cleanup and storage of your muddy rain boots, it’s time to address the raincoats, jackets, and umbrellas. Our home accents wall shelf works especially well in a foyer thanks to its bevy of hooks. With a stylish storage spot for every member of the family, there’s no excuse for an unorganized entryway.

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Have any additional ideas for dealing with the messy mud season? Let us know in the comments!

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