Decorating & Design
Making The Most Of A Tiny Entryway
Unless you’re lucky enough to have a house with a grand foyer, entryways are almost always small spaces. And there’s always a lot going on, which means it’s easy for a tiny entry to feel crowded, cluttered and downright dull. Here are three simple ways to maximize this functional small space without skimping on style.
1. Paint furniture the same colour as the walls. Visually, it’ll help the bench fade into the background, giving the entry the illusion of space. It’s a daring move that doesn’t require a huge investment — and the best part is, you don’t have to sacrifice function.
2. Keep clutter contained. Creating dedicated spaces for often-used accessories will help keep them from hanging about underfoot, and it’s an easy way to add some of your signature style. Here, we wrangled umbrellas in a cool, sculptural stand.
3. Go with a light hue underfoot. A light, bright tile visually opens up the space. Just go with an easy-to-clean option, since this is an area that has to handle lots of foot traffic and bears the brunt of the weather outside.
Sonny bench, Crate & Barrel; umbrella stand, Vintage Fine Objects; umbrellas, Raindrops; dog collar, The Bay; wall colour, Babouche (223), Farrow & Ball.
House & Home April 2013 issue