Shirin

I'm a self-confessed home decor addict and I just love French, Victorian, Country and Shabby Chic designs & styles. Balancing simplicity and elegance is what I love the most. Always having lots of fun along the way!Thank you for stopping by and I hope LVB gets you busy with creativity!

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Entrances that make a Statement

Let’s talk about one of the most underutilised spaces within our homes. The ones that always make the first impressions whenever someone visits you. So how do you go about making a tiny or narrow hallway into something that oozes your style and charm?

Here are some practical yet stylish decorating ideas that can make your foyers or entrances beautiful, either in your tiny cosy apartment or home. You can use spaces or empty walls and tiny nooks to decorate and provide storage.

How do you make that statement without adding too much in a tiny space?

According to me there are three main areas that need to be addressed when decorating or styling an entryway.

FRONT DOOR

Well, I have emphasised before on how colours set the mood for your home. A clever way to introduce your style is by colouring your front door that stands out and gives an impressive introduction to your home. Brighten up your door with a coat of Dulux paint and see the effect.

Image Credit - Dulux Australia

FURNITURE

Console table or a shoe rack are the basics that you would need to keep your shoes, keys and mail. I prefer having a shoe rack instead of a console table so I have that extra storage to keep my daily shoes. Opt for a thin or slender one that has enough space on top to place a potted plant or some pieces of décor., and at the same time doesn’t occupy a huge amount of space. Console tables generally do not add much value to the space in terms of functionality, so I would avoid them if I were you.

Now not all foyers have space to introduce a seat or a long bench. But if you can squeeze some seating that’s an added bonus that adds more to the functionality of the space.

DECOR

Now there are several décor elements that you can add to breathe some life into this space. A mirror is something I would recommend, if you are unsure of which artwork fits well with the theme. Mirrors also give a sense of space when used effectively in tiny spaces and also add to a simple and more elegant feel. I prefer rectangular and vintage mirrors rather than the round ones.

Last but not least, REFLECT YOUR STYLE make a statement with floral paintings or artwork of your choice that act as a focal point for your entryway. Add some frames that reflect your home style.

I wouldn’t recommend hooks in your hallway to hang coats or scarves, instead use a freestanding hanger or stand that you can move around for more flexibility around this space.

I bought a shoe cabinet from Ikea with storage compartments that open up to hold shoes. It’s thin, has ample room for decorating on top, matches my décor theme and has a drawer that fits our keys and mail, that’s hidden from plain sight. I have used my entryway to place a stool that also acts as a décor piece that serves as a seat.

Depending on how small or large your entryway area is, you can design the space based on colour, texture, storage and theme. I didn’t end up adding a lot of things to this space, it’s still a work in progress, but I still love it the way it is.

LVB must haves for your entryway or foyer

1. A cute bench – I got mine from a farmers market in Healesville.

2. Add a storage basket for your toddler’s tiny shoes.

3. Potted plants or flowers – I believe they add a touch of warmth to your space no matter how tiny it is!

4. A stylish shoe rack – that has space on top to add some décor elements as well.

5. A durable rug or should I say a heavy duty mat for your entrance is an absolute must!

My foyer is an integral part of our home. Even though I feel I can add a bit more to it, for now, I love it the way it is – simple and functional! Share your ideas or thoughts on how you have styled your foyer. Hoping to post the next one soon!

xoxo

Shirin@LVB

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