Many of us have a front door that opens unceremoniously and without any apology directly into the living area. While this certainly saves on square footage, it does not give us much opportunity for a proper entry. So how can you create entry ambience?
Some of my favorite tips from this article include:
Add a sofa table. If you have the space, add a sofa table behind the back of the furniture. You’ll gain storage for keys, mail and (if there’s a lower shelf) even shoes — all the paraphernalia that ends up in our entries.
Add seating. Adding a pair of benches under that sofa table takes no extra room, but it gives the option for additional seating or a place to remove shoes if that is your wont. It also adds a layer of design that warms and welcomes.
Add an area rug. Adding an area rug or a floor mat that fits the entry space you have created will enhance the perception that you really dohave an entry. The floor covering will also help capture some of the inevitable dirt and mud that will come through the front door.
Define your entry with a bookcase. Although this particular entry is larger than most of the ones we’re talking about, the idea is still excellent. A shallow bookcase like this one defines an entry area while taking up very little space, and adds style and function.