Your front entrance is the first thing people see when they visit your home.  It’s a place to greet family and friends, to put on your coat as you leave for a night out, and to welcome you home after a long day at work.  Your entryway not only sets the tone for the rest of your home’s design, it also has a lot of responsibility for a (usually) small space.  How can you make your front entrance better?

Read on to see 7 things every entryway needs.

 

 Storage

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One big problem of a typical entryway?  Clutter!  With shoes, keys, bags, jackets, and other accessories that you need to leave the house, it’s no wonder that there’s a lot of strain on what’s often a small space.  Therefore it’s important to think storage when coming up with your entrance design plans.  Units that combine seating and additional space - like storage benches and ottomans - are wonderful options.  Baskets, hooks, and cubbies are also practical ideas that can be made to complement the look of your home.

 

Seating

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A place to sit while you put your shoes on (or take them off) is a necessity.  However, the style of seating that you choose can set the tone for your whole front entrance, as you welcome visitors into your space.  Whether you decide on a rustic wooden bench, or an upholstered settee, it’s important to have fun with this must-have entryway feature.