Budget-friendly ways to revamp your entryway
Bold, graphic wallpaper is a quick way to add major wow factor to your entryway. Paper just one wall to keep costs down, and then select a coordinating paint color for the other walls in the space. Graham & Brown is a great source of affordable, modern geometric wallpapers.
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Invent an instant office
If you’re blessed with a spacious entryway, don’t let the area go to waste! A table and chair can turn even the smallest corner into a home office space. A model with drop leaves, like the one shown here, takes up almost no space folded down when not in use.
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Make a memorable memo board
A pretty corkboard placed in an entryway is the perfect spot to pin favorite photos and documents you want to keep in sight (like concert tickets or your gym’s class schedule). To create your own, first paint a vintage frame in a bold hue. Then, have a piece of 1/8-inch MDF cut to the size of the frame’s opening and cover the MDF with a layer of cork. Secure the cork-covered MDF into the frame with a heavy-duty staple gun or lightweight nails.
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Set Up Storage Solutions
For a major storage overhaul, consider adding a storage bench and wall-mounted cubbies in your entry. While these pieces can be pricey, they’re much cheaper than installing custom built-ins -- and you can take them with you when you move! For similar pieces to the ones shown here, check out Pottery Barn’s Samantha collection, $99 to $399 PotteryBarn.com.
Fix finishing touches
A few simple switches can pretty up your space in a hurry. Replace your standard light fixture with a feminine, shell model; reupholster a storage bench cushion in a fresh fabric; hang a mirror on the wall; and add a small seagrass mat underfoot. Get the look with West Elm’s Small Round Capiz Pendant, $129, WestElm.com.
Chalk it up
Turn your entryway into a giant calendar that you can update in an instant. Coat one wall with blackboard paint, like Benjamin Moore’s Studio Finishes Chalkboard (307) paint (BenjaminMoore.com). When fully dry, draw on a chalk grid to create your personal calendar.
Use stylish space savers
If you’re short on space, make use of your entryway’s square footage. Place a pair of storage ottomans under a console table: You can fill them with less-frequently used items like board games or DVDs and pull them out into your living room when you need extra seating. Here, a porcelain greyhound is also positioned to greet guests at the door with a stylish stance.
Don’t save all your wall art for the living room: Treat your home’s entrance like a gallery space. To get the clustered look just right, trace each frame onto paper, cut them out and arrange the rectangles of paper with tape before hammering any holes in your wall. There’s no need for matching frames -- in fact, the more mismatched they are, the better!
Even the tiniest entryway can express your style. Here, a vintage coat hook rack and a blue-and-white stripe runner add a punch of personality to a minuscule entrance. To add pattern underfoot, try a similar striped rug from Madeline Weinrib’s cotton Versa collection (MadelineWeinrib.com).
Pretty and practical, a wall of clocks lets you know what time it is when you’re headed out the door and creates a visually appealing display. Here, a retro-styled kitchen clock mingles with an iconic Nelson Ball clock and a mod, starburst model. Try this in your own home, and we bet you’ll never be late again!