CHOOSE FURNITURE FOR AN ENTRYWAY
Opening your door should take you away from the clutter of BaltimoreÂ¿s streets. Keep accessories simple and cohesive in your entryway. (March 23, 2012)
1. When choosing entryway furniture, the same rules apply here as with any other room in the home. Start with the basics and select the furnishings you will really need: a system for organizing outdoor gear and accessories, a comfortable chair and, a system for sorting mail, leaving daily reminders to family, or even keeping keys and leashes handy. Add in personal touches to create useful solutions that will make great first impressions for your guests.
2. Making your space work efficiently begins with selecting great storage solutions. Hang hooks on the walls and use a sturdy coat rack for coats and hats, provide storage bins and a shoe rack for wet boots and umbrellas. Baskets are great to conceal gloves, scarves and other articles that often accumulate in this area of the home. A chair or bench, like the one shown here, is a thoughtful addition. Designate a place, such as a wall-mounted organizer, to set packages, mail and keys.
3. In an entryway, keep accessories simple and cohesive so that the room does not look over cluttered. Hooks and pegs turn coats, hats and other belongings into an artful display. Stylish area rugs look beautiful and provides the space a certain amount of visual and actual warmth. Choose an accent, like a lantern or color scheme, that hints at the decorative style to follow in the rest of your home.