5 Things Every Entryway Needs

February 20, 2018

5 Things Every Entryway Needs


If first impressions count, then your home’s entryway should make a good one. (Ideally it works hard for you, too.) Need help setting up yours? Jessica McCarthy, creative director at Decorist®, shares five must-haves for a warm, well-organized welcome.

 A chic (and functional) console: Safavieh Winifred Console 

Your keys, dog leashes and mail need a landing spot, and this distressed pinewood table with a drawer and two rattan storage baskets can hold it all—plus, “it’s the perfect spot to display flowers, a pretty catchall bowl, and other accents to set the tone for your home,” says McCarthy. Available in gray and white.

An eye-catching accent: Ren-Wil Oryx 30-Inch Round Mirror

Trimmed in gold, this large metal and glass mirror makes a bold, beautiful statement. “It also reflects light, so even small or narrow entrances feel bigger,” says McCarthy. Pro tip: Hang it at eye level—about 57 to 60 inches from the floor.

A substantial storage piece: Crosley Furniture Seaside Hall Tree in Distressed Black

With four double hooks, two roomy storage drawers, two overhead cubbies, and a bench built in, this wood structure offers a place for coats, bags, shoes, and more. “The slatted design adds texture, and black integrates easily with other colors and hides scratches and scuffs,” says McCarthy. Styling tip: Accessorize the top with wall art.

A covered catchall: Household Essentials® Large Water Hyacinth Wicker Storage Basket

Baskets are an entryway’s best friend (more storage—thank you!). And this sturdy one with a thick wicker weave holds everything from blankets to bookbags. Also comes with a lid, so you can use it as extra seating. “It’s the perfect piece to fill an empty corner or get tucked in beneath a console,” says McCarthy.

A long-lasting rug: Trans-Ocean Stripes Indoor/Outdoor Rug

Don’t forget about the floor. Deep piles in this handcrafted rug give it a soft fluffy feel that’s also durable enough to withstand lots of foot traffic. “The narrow stripes feel timeless, and the neutral tones go with almost any design style,” says McCarthy. Available in five colors and a variety of sizes.

—Katelyn Soults




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