I wanted to share a guest blog post that I did for Vanessa from Style and Shenanigans. I met Vanessa at last year’s Bloggers Conference and am a keen follower of her on Instagram. Mum to three boys, Vanessa always looks stylish and wears patterns and colour so well. I love reading about her style tips and latest shopping finds. When Vanessa invited me to share my 5 Tips For Styling an Entry for her blog, I was only too happy to help.
We all know that first impressions are important and the home is no exception. An entrance should be welcoming and make the opening statement about the home’s interiors. The size and layout of an entrance can vary greatly but I still feel the same styling rules apply. Here are my 5 Tips For Styling an Entry.
1. Focal Point
Set the scene by having a feature or focal point. A beautiful piece of artwork or some fabulous wallpaper adds personality. This is the entrance in my previous home. Although only a small space, the trellis wallpaper was my happy greeting when I walked in.
This beautiful artwork adds colour and interest to this entrance.
Not only practical, a piece of furniture such as a console, table or dresser helps to define the entrance. The scale of the furniture is important relative to the space.
A table lamp (or two) is an important element in an entrance, especially for evening visitors. It creates a mood and should reflect the style of the home. I am always a sucker for symmetry but if you don’t have the space, one lamp is still sufficient.
A rug is another opportunity to add some personality to an entrance and again helps define the space. Consider the scale of the rug, which should be complementary to the size of the entry. As this is a high traffic area, a floor rug also needs to be practical and durable.
5. Decorative Accents
The entry is often a place to drop papers, keys, and mail and therefore needs to be functional. Decorative bowls, catchall dishes and baskets that can be tucked under the console are all useful and help keep the space organized yet still stylish. Wall hooks can also look great if styled well. Don’t forget greenery or fresh flowers to liven up the space.