Ok, so we’ve covered in past posts how to style entry consoles, the impact of art in the entry as well as lighting, but lets talk a second about some fabulous and functional furniture and accessory combinations when envisioning your entry. Basically, what you need, need, need and what works best with what. A properly styled entry way needs to have the following elements in order to maintain organization, balance and overall, look really pretty! Aesthetic over function people!
Rugs! An entry has to have a rug. Not only is it pretty, cozy, adds color, texture and pattern, it defines the space and is the last place for your family and guests to wipe their dirty little feet before entering your space. From there you can have a little designated area for shoes or not, but atleast you provide one final wipe down before entering your nice clean home.
Lighting! An entry has to have lighting. I don’t care if its overhead via a fabulous chandelier or a descreet pendant or flush mount, on the wall as a pair of sconces, a rockin’ floor lamp or a pretty table lamp, the entry needs proper lighting. There’s nothing inviting about a dark hole of a foyer, so let’s not let that be your homes first impression.
Storage! What do you do when you first walk into your home?? You start undressing and unloading. Some people have the luxury of an entry closet, but even then, “stuff” always accumulates on the floor by the front door. Provide proper hooks for things you use several times a day, like coats, hats, bags and dog leashes, a surface for keys and mail, baskets or bins for shoes, gloves, umbrellas. If every item has its own home, you can organize the chaos and maintain that pretty everyone is after.
Console vs. Bench, the great debate. This is really a personal preference. We love both scenarios, its really just up to what your family needs most on the daily. For larger families, a bench is nice because kids can jump right on and get ready for outside. A console is great because it can provide storage with drawers and shelves but is ultimately provides a proper unlading zone. With some consoles you have the option to slide an ottoman or bench under it, but it may not be as convienient for a household with multiple children. So really it's your call, but there needs to be something of that nature in the entry.
Art vs. Mirror, the second great debate. When designing an entry, I’m torn here. I love the idea of a mirror because its the last pitstop to check out your do before heading out into the world, but I also love a great art piece right when you first walk in. Makes a huge statement and lets your guests know, this chick knows what's up and she’s got badass style. So again, it really boils down to personal preference, but if you have the space, then by all means, do both!
Lastly, Plants! The entry is a great place to have a pretty little planter and a cool sculptural pop of green life. Plants, flowers and trees fill and balance space, adds height, color and movement and really makes it feel homey and alive. JAC is always in favor of plants!