Welcoming Ideas for Small Entryways
Whether you live in an expansive mansion with multiple grand entries (hello, Kate Middleton) or a 300-square-foot studio apartment (hello, college-goers and big-city dwellers), chances are you want visitors to feel welcome when they enter your home. This isn’t always easy to do, particularly when your abode lacks its own intentionally designed and well-proportioned entryway.
But if you’ve got a nearby wall and a square foot or two to spare, there are certainly a few tricks of the trade to help you carve out a smile-inducing welcome no matter how tiny the space.
This “entryway” is no more than a few feet of hallway. However, with the use of several space-broadening tactics, it feels like a sophisticated space of its own accord. A detailed vertical mirror adds height while staying proportionately narrow. The shelf on the bottom of the mirror takes up zero floor space but adds both function and aesthetic depth to the space. Combined with a hanging light fixture and a corner planter, we see a complete welcoming “space” in just a few square feet.
The size of this entry is challenging – it’s too large to be merely a breezeway yet too small to be its own carved-out room. A neutral rug defines the space as an entry, and a simple rounded wooden console table is tucked neatly into the corner with an equally simple and bright vignette. Light fixtures specific to the entryway (in this case, the large reflective lamp) make small spaces feel larger and more complete. A couple of unobtrusive white wall hooks maximize floor space while still meeting practical entryway storage needs.
When an entryway is limited to a wall opposite the front door, we’re forced to get a little creative! An interesting and unique shelf or table is a great place to start. The “V” shape of this table brings our eye up and outward, making the space read as more expansive than just a shallow wall nook. And a wall of antique-glass mirrors reflects light, adds character, and magnifies the importance of the entry wall as a whole. And who wouldn’t enjoy being greeted (or bid adieu) by a friendly bust statue?
Utilizing opposite walls of a wide hallway is a perfect way to expand the feel of an entryway. An inviting padded bench with built-in shelving adds a pragmatic element to the entry (it’s not so easy putting shoes on while standing…and I personally would rather avoid an unceremonious plop onto the floor to accomplish the job), while simultaneously balancing the wooden cupboard opposite it. Although not large, the entry space utilizes each of its three corners and unifies them via materials and neutral colors.
Printed wallpaper and large, graphic art lend an air of sophistication and importance to this tiny nook corner. The color palette is kept to a minimum (black and white, with few small pops here and there), which allows dynamic patterns to take the lead. The balance of the delicate wallpaper pattern and chunkiness via art is both interesting and delightful.