Design an Efficient and Charming Entryway for Winter

Entryways take many different forms. In some homes, you step right into a main room. Other homes have a hallway or foyer that leads to the rest of the house. Double-door entryways provide extra insulation against severe weather; you enter and close one door before opening the second door that goes directly into the house. In some homes, a mud room is the entryway where you shed coats and boots before you venture into the house. Whatever type of entryway you have, you want it to be inviting, visually appealing and functional.

Fabulous Function

An entryway can easily become a dumping ground for jackets, shoes, backpacks, purses, sports gear, hats, and more. Regardless of the size, unless the space is organized, it can become unmanageable. When someone enters your home, “Excuse the mess,” is not the first thing you want to say! Nor do you want to be constantly fussing at family members to put their things away. An uncluttered, organized space provides a sense of calm and order for you, your family and your guests; comings and goings are harmonious instead of chaotic. Here are some tips for an entryway you can live with and be proud of.

  • A Tailored Living® custom entry way organization system of cabinets, shelves, cubbies, hooks and bins creates space for everything and makes it easy to keep the entryway neat.
  • Each family member can have their own section for stowing coats, hats, school items, briefcases, sports accessories, boots and shoes.
  • Low level coat hooks and bins for small items like gloves and hats allow even little ones to put away their own things and always be able to find them later.
  • Appropriate seating for adults and children will facilitate changing shoes or putting on boots. A bench with storage bins or baskets underneath serves a dual purpose.
  • In a small entryway, a side table or small book case can serve as a drop-off point.
  • Sturdy, stylish hooks along the wall will provide attractive, easy-access hanging.
  • Pet leashes need their own hook or basket to be ready to grab when nature calls.
  • Be sure the entryway has sufficient light.

Winter brings the inevitable rain, snow and mud that accompany anyone who enters. Not only do you not want mud and dirt tracked in, there’s the additional challenge of wet coats and accessories that need space to dry rather than getting placed, wet, inside a closet.

  • Have a rug or mat inside the door to prevent slipping and for wiping feet.
  • Designate separate mats or rugs where wet shoes and boots can dry.
  • A decorative, standing coat rack can accommodate multiple items at the same time.
  • Individual hooks on the wall can separate wet garments.
  • An umbrella stand or large basket will keep wet umbrellas from puddling on the floor.
  • If you’re hosting a party, a rolling clothes rack with hangers would accommodate many items when piling wet coats on the bed isn’t practical.
  • Keep a basket of comfy, cushy socks available for people to shed wet shoes and slip into something more comfortable.

Artful Ambiance

But it’s not just about function. Practicality does not rule out beautiful. Your entryway should reflect the same design sense and style as the rest of your home. Tailored Living has multiple styles, colors and finishes for entryway organization systems to match any décor. Adding exquisite hardware to cabinets or installing single and multiple hook styles will make your entryway the design appetizer for your guests.

To liven up an entryway, here are some ways to bring dynamic personality into the space:

  • Paint the entryway a bold color.
  • Engage your visitors with eye-catching art on the walls.
  • Mirrors can create the illusion of more space and reflect natural light in.
  • Hang a striking overhead light fixture or chandelier.
  • A colorful runner will enliven and warm up the space.
  • Seasonal decorations create a festive atmosphere.
  • A decorative chair or table adds glamour and utility.
  • Scented candles or potpourri will keep the area fresh. Cinnamon scented pine cones are especially great for the holidays.

Setting the Stage

The exterior of your home is a prelude to your entryway and should be part of the welcoming experience.  You want it to match the vibe inside.

  • Cobwebs and dark corners at your front door are only appropriate at Halloween.
  • Keep your front porch area well-lighted and free of clutter. With steps, this is especially important to avoid trips or falls.
  • Place a fancy garden solar light or two in a potted plant by the door. After dark, they provide illumination and look very pretty.
  • Motion-sensor lights will provide safety without having to keep electric lights burning.
  • Depending on your space, you can have a bench, plants, a mat or other decoration at your front door. Seasonal and holiday decorations are especially inviting.
  • When expecting guests after dark, keep the outside lights on. Don’t wait until they struggle to the door in the dark and ring the bell before you flip on the lights.

So, are you inspired to create an awesome entryway?

A Tailored Living organization specialist can help you make your entryway more functional and inviting, maximizing the space and adding your own distinctive touches.  We are also experts with storage solutions for closets, garages, pantries, laundry rooms and more. Call (866) 712-3404 today to schedule a free, in-home consultation or go online to to find an organization specialist near you. Be sure and ask about the Holiday Sale Event and free design upgrade of your choice.