Is your entryway as welcoming as it could be? The entryway is one of the most important parts of your home and needs to be functional and organized, yet welcoming for your guests. Even if your home lacks a true front entry, you can define one through creative uses of organizational tools, floor coverings, and furniture placement.
Add Some Hooks
Entryways are notorious for gathering “stuff”: extra coats, shoes, socks, packages – even keys and scarfs tend to scatter and litter the floor. A quick organizing tool would be to install some hooks to help keep clutter in its place.
Trap that Dirt
No one wants to have their lovely living room (or kitchen, or dining room…) rug covered with dirt, mud, or sand from outside. Adding a heavy-duty and functional yet fashionable rug or other floor covering to the entryway can help trap the dirt before it gets further into your home and ruins your flooring.
Changing from house shoes to outdoor shoes and vice versa is made easier with a small bench right inside the door. Even better, the bench can give you a little extra storage space underneath – or even more if you add some cute drawers or baskets!
Add Some Storage
Your entryway may simply feel non-functional, and in that case it is probably time to seek professional help. A licensed contractor in Calgary like Prism Interiors can help think through and plan more radical changes such as adding a built-in closet, building a half-wall or adding lighting. Prism Interiors specializes in custom cabinetry and beautiful millwork. Maybe there’s an entryway closet with pocket doors that you want to remove. Any time you’re making renovations to your home more extensive than adding a bench or swapping a light fixture, it’s a good idea to consult with a contractor in Calgary for a professional opinion on staying within your budget and project scope.
Add Some Lighting
Entryways can be a bit drab, and adding dramatic lighting can help with extending the space and also highlight accent furniture or artwork pieces that you’re using to help build character in the space. If you have room, a floor lamp can be an inviting way to pull guests into your space.
Extend Beyond the Entrance
Low on space, but have a covered porch? How about closing off the porch to create a 3 season area and if the budget allows, make it a 4 season room so it can be used all year round.
When floor space is lacking you can always expand up the walls without creating additional clutter. Add some floating shelves deep enough to put baskets on, then toss all those touques, mitts, scarves, etc. into the baskets for when you need them this can create attractive storage space without eating up your limited entryway area.
For more advice about creating an attractive front entrance and any other interior home renovation needs, contact Prism Interiors today.