Entryways & Mudrooms

December 5, 2014

Sprucing Up Your Entryway

Give guests a warm welcome from the moment they walk in the front door this holiday season. An impressive entryway is the first point of contact when visitors enter your home — and it can certainly set the tone for the evening. While this space often gets overrun with outerwear and clutter, a few thoughtful touches can take it from drab to fab.

1. Incorporate soft lighting. Lighting is essential for many reasons, but taking off your boots shouldn’t require unwavering wattage. Adding a light fixture with a soft glow (like a chandelier) says “welcome” and adds charm and glamour to any entryway.

2. Have somewhere for guests to put their gear. Cold weather wear can be cumbersome, but it doesn’t have to be an eyesore at the front door. Pick up pretty and practical storage solutions — like a mat for guests to put their wet boots on, a decorative stand for umbrellas and a basket or bowl for mittens and keys. Space permitting, a stool or bench can also prevent guests from fumbling with their wet winter boots.

3. Think of decorative touches. A mirror is a great place to start. It can really open up a narrow entryway and allows guests to adjust any hat hair so they’re feeling their best when they walk into the party. Adding a fresh seasonal arrangement can also make the space feel special, while providing festive fragrance.

Author: Jennifer Koper & Emily Evans

Michael Graydon


Dresser, Elte; mirror, chandelier, Angus & Company; lamps, Ribbehege & Azevedo; rug, Turco Persian Rug; wall colour, Brinjal (222), Farrow & Ball; ribbon, Masterstroke.


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